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2013 : New Year : New Goals

Posted by denise on 7 January 2013 | 0 Comments

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2013, a new year.  A period of reflection as we kick off the old and move into the new :  What was great, what wasn’t so great, what would have been better?  It’s a time for personal goal setting and what you need to do differently to meet those goals. 

A starting point is to understand how people see you.  What do the  people around you need from you? … as a leader, manager, partner, parent?  Time to find out.

Ask the people around you ‘what are the top 3 things I could do differently to better support you’.    

In reviews and appraisals continue the  theme by  asking   ‘how do I help or hinder you in your work? ‘   Don’t get defensive about what comes up, just listen and reflect.   

Review the outcomes.  Are there common themes emerging?  What are the quick, easy to fix wins and what are going to take conscious effort and behavioral change.   The quick wins are easy to implement, they are the now and are quickly noticed by those around you.

The behavioral  changes are more difficult.  I often describe it as moving from  Unconscious Incompetence to Unconscious Competence .  Because these changes take conscious effort, focus on one change at a time.  Embed it before moving onto the next.  It takes 2-3 weeks for new behaviors to become normalised.  If you don't believe me try this, move your laundry basket to a new place in your house.  See how long it takes before you go to the new location without thinking.  Don’t try and change things all at once and overnight.  You’ll be at risk of  looking ‘all over the place’ as you wrestle with changed ways of doing things.

Finally, get feedback from those same people around how you’re doing and what changes they are seeing.   It role models your authenticity and integrity as a leader, that there are always things we can do differently, and  importantly that you continue to learn.

Have a great 2013!

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