Already out of the starting blocks and racing full throttle into 2020?? You might want to slow that roll since research from both Harvard and Quartz show that retrospection and reflection are key to personal/professional growth and happiness. Use the following steps and the simple but powerful downloadable IKIGAI tool to integrate your path with your purpose. 1. Reflect back on accomplishments as a great way to bring a practice of gratitude and appreciation. Your stories of accomplishment can also fuel your performance review, development planning, perhaps even build a case for your own advancement and promotion. 2. Think back on 2019, what was a challenge you were able to face? What skill did you master, what relationship were you able to strengthen? What impact did this accomplishment have on your life/work/team? 3. What 3 small wins and/or new behaviors contributed to this accomplishment? 4. Who was instrumental in supporting you? Consider writing a note of appreciation to the people who advocated, mentored, and coached you in this past year. As you project your energy and plan for goals in this new year decade, what is motivating you right now? Do your 2020 goals align with: your strengths? Your passion? Organizational needs? Your well-being? As you launch into this new decade, consider spending energy and time getting clear on your purpose, which is also known in Japan as your IKIGAI or reason for being: The Japanese IKIGAI is this beautiful venn-diagram of overlapping circles. The intersection of what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for are IKIGAI or what we would call our purpose, or reason for being. Consider carving out the time to think about yourself and your life through each of these larger circles to build awareness of what is really important for you right now. When you are clear about your strengths, preferences, and values you are likely to make better decisions about your work, life, and goals. The more you can live and work in alignment with your IKIGAI, the closer you will be to your purpose, or reason for being. Click here to download your own DIY IKIGAI template to explore your reason for being.
6 questions you can ask to stay motivated, in control, and on track to excel We often spend time and energy crafting/aligning on goals and priorities, but then lose track in the intensity of getting things done. Which describes the status of your goals?
- Don’t have any (yet) (don’t give up – it’s not too late!)
- I forgot what my goals are or where to find them…
- My goals aren’t relevant anymore
- My goals are top of mind and guide my work
- 1. PRIORITIZE: Are my goals ranked so that I’m working on the most important thing first? (Consider re-ranking and/or renegotiating as things change)
- 2. PROGRESS: What progress have I made so far? I set up meetings with myself across the year to review goals status. I love jotting down a few accomplishments no matter how small they may be.
- 3. PLAN: What upcoming milestones or deadlines should I set for myself to stay on track? What has changed, and do I need to adapt my goals?
- 4. PITFALLS: I note any obstacles I foresee with my goals (e.g. resources, timing, budgets) and solicit input to take ownership of issues before they happen. This has helped me re-negotiate deliverables OR find the help and resources needed in advance.
- 5. PRODUCE: Are there any goals/deliverables I have already achieved? Congrats to me! I jot down some notes about how I was able to complete these goals and let my team know. (Sometimes this achievement creates space and energy for a stretch assignment…yay!)
- 6. (Out) PERFORM: With a few months left until the end of the year, I ask myself: what new actions/steps could take my performance from MEETS to EXCEEDS? Then I take ownership for driving that.
So why are so few giving it to them?The future is here and the world is desperate for a new kind of leadership. Companies need to be increasingly adaptive and nimble to stay relevant in today’s market. The demands of an increasingly younger workforce are requiring massive shifts in the way we think about everything in business. Leaders today can’t just focus on the ‘what’ of business and succeed with traditional strategies and business know-how of the past. Traditional hierarchical organizational structures have been replaced with matrix-like structures. This requires leaders to be skilled at communicating and adept at influencing others who may not directly report to them. Leaders are confronted with the necessity of building a collaborative, diverse work culture that empowers and engages employees. Their prior leadership approach of directing and telling doesn’t work well in this new environment. The workplace reality becomes ever more emergent, ever less static. And the leaders that are increasingly taking the helm – Millennials – simply aren’t getting the development that they want – and need. The leadership gap and shortage crisis is real. Several studies have found that crucial leadership skills in organizations are insufficient for meeting current and future needs. Fortunately, millennial leaders are hungry for the learning and development opportunities that will prepare them to lead tomorrow’s businesses. Gallup has reported that Millennials value development more than other generations do, and Bersin by Deloitte found that Millennials rate L&D as the #1 job benefit, more important than healthcare, cash bonuses and even flexible working hours! Unfortunately, supply is not meeting demand. Seventy percent (70%) of millennials report that they are receiving no leadership development whatsoever. None. A study conducted by Brandon Hall Group in 2015 found that only 20% of organizations identified the Millennial leader group as critical for development over the next 24 months. This has created a significant leadership gap. Most companies simply aren’t prioritizing the leadership development of Millennials. They are the leaders who will make or break not only the future of individual companies that they lead, but also our collective future. It seems to me like they are worth investing in. Enact offers a variety of programs focused on developing Next Generation Leaders. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
There are many books published about leadership development. Each book has a different language, model, methodology or approach for being the, “best leader”. The challenge is that there is not a single leadership style that works for every person and for every situation. Your leadership style depends on your personal story and life events. The best leadership style can’t be found in a book because it starts with personal exploration and building self-awareness. Questions to ask yourself…
- What is the story of your career and life? How has your circumstances and life events impacted who you are as a leader today?
- Do your actions at work align with who you are outside of work? Are you leading authentically?
- Are you developing yourself as a leader? Connecting with other industry leaders outside of your organization?