Transformation 2017

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.