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We’ve all been told to make the most of each day. Many think that this means we have to do something special each and every day. That is not sustainable. Some really “enthusiastic-about-life” people burn out quickly trying to make each day an adrenalin rush.
Most successful and well-adjusted people understand how to progress each day toward one’s overall life goals or “calling” – and they know how to enjoy the journey. This doesn’t mean doing something spectacular each day, but rather being able to appreciate that the small steps are critical parts to making impact on one’s personal life or the workplace.
For example, a Sunday afternoon nap that completely rejuvenates me can be a big step for a productive week ahead. Therefore, that nap should be enjoyed and appreciated, rather than being considered an unproductive guilty pleasure. Playing cards with a grandmother for hours is core to building one’s character and gaining insight on life, and not a waste of time.
You can make the most of each and everyday. It is sustainable with the right perspective and clear overarching goals for your life.
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Understanding one’s own strengths and weaknesses is an important step toward continuous growth and self-improvement. I’m constantly surprised at how many of my personal traits that are obvious to others always take so long for me to realize. For example, I’ve long considered myself an empowering delegator. Recently, I’ve finally had to admit that I can be more of a control freak than an empowering manager. A big shift in perspective I know. It just shows the different lens in which we individually see the world.
Continuous calibration of our self-perception, therefore, is important, especially for those involved in leadership positions. Still, knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses is only the first step toward self-improvement. How we react with that knowledge is even more important.
Remember that awareness is a key step in changing the effect we can have on a team. But we also have to remember that we really can’t change who we are at the core. Many people at a point of self-realization try to transform themselves into someone completely different, which usually leads to a disappointing or disingenuous result. If you are not detailed-oriented, it is unlikely you can make that a personal strength. You, however, can try to lessen the effect of that weakness by acknowledging it and putting people in place to compensate for that weakness – as well as making a better attempt at the details. There are other traits that are more “fixable”, such as impatience, but again, it will be difficult to really change oneself at the core.
Play off of your strengths. Recognize and acknowledge your weaknesses, and be willing to compensate for it from a team perspective, rather than trying to transform yourself into someone you are not.
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As we move into another new year, one of my priorities is strengthening the leadership team. As a senior management team, each member is completely committed to his/her own functional teams and employees. However, we’ve not spent sufficient time strengthening the cohesion and teamwork within the leadership team itself. Like all teams, the leadership team has dysfunctions and issues that need to be worked out with deliberate focus and effort. It’s my job to make the development of the leadership teamwork a high priority for us all.
We are not unique in today’s corporate environment. Most executives and senior managers focus primarily on their own teams and do not make the same commitment to making the leadership team better. The truth is that without a committed, cohesive leadership team, there can be a lot of politics, dysfunctions and inefficiencies throughout a oragnization. The leadership team needs to be the top priority of all its members – only then, can the leaders provide the type of foundation to be able to effectively lead their own teams.
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