Transformation is a word that I have been hearing and thinking about in terms of my personal growth. This is to be expected. With the New Year, I like many people am looking at where I am and where I want to be in the future. I have been asking myself fundamental questions about my journey and my path forward.
Am I on the right path and do I need keep with a philosophy of continuous improvement or is it a time where I need transformational thinking to make profound and radical changes in my personal life?
Look at all of the people who will make New Year’s resolutions in hopes of moving from a couch potato into an active gym going super star. Or maybe change from a hamburger and fries person to a soup and salad healthy eater. Time to make a radical change. How effective is this and how often does it really stick?
Anecdotally, it has never worked for me and I think the influx of gym membership in January and the dramatic decline over the next two months tells me I am not alone. And yet, every year the eternally hopefulness of the human spirit sees the same events take place. I actually have given up New Year’s resolution. I have not given up assessing the past and looking toward the future.
There are some things in my personal life that I want to change. If I practice small steps of continuous improvement I am not going to get the job done. So what to do?
Back to my original question. Transformation? I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. So what do I need to transform. Where should I focus? My dream, the way I operate on a day to day basis, my goals, my excitement and commitment or simple just getting some things started and completed. I believe leaders throughout organizations should ask these same types of questions about themselves and their work on a regular basis and the first of the year is as good of time as any.
I am looking at my personal life this year the same way that I am looking at my business.
This is my five step process:
- Review mission, vision, values.
- Determine alignment of culture and MVV.
- Evaluate strategic goals and action plans.
- Analyze behaviors and engagement.
- Scrutinize outcomes.
If this process determines that change needs to occur with any of these areas, perhaps transformation is needed. I am the master of my ship. I can shift my focus and my philosophy. As a leader in an organization, impact and effectiveness become more challenging. It also becomes more critical. It is important to take the time to do the work. This is a great time for reflection and analysis. The payoff for this awareness and self-discover is potentially a game changer.
I am on a personal journey now. This is going to be a year of transformation. I would love to hear from you on your leadership journey. Please comment and share.