Tuesday February 17, 2015
The business landscape is littered with business failures. News headlines feature companies in trouble, with weak earnings reports, or worse yet, going out of business. It’s not limited to just companies. It’s also about individual business people from top ranking CEOs to every level of management on down through a company’s organization.
Business leaders often do not view themselves clearly. None of us do. We get up in the morning, look in the mirror, get dressed and may even do one final check in the mirror before walking out the door to work. But do we really see ourselves as we really are? Do we really understand ourselves? Doubtful.
As a business leader in order to continue to be successful you do need to have a plan. But it’s much more than that.
Ask yourself this question:
What words would you use to describe yourself as a business person?
Then ask yourself (regardless of what position you currently hold):
What kind of a business leader am I?
Write out what words or phrases you think best describe you either on paper or on a computer screen.
Are you strong?
Are you weak?
Are you competent?
Are you on top of your game always at work?
Do you always have the right information or know how to access it quickly?
If yes, why?
If no, why not?
Get to the core of how you truly see yourself.
What words truly describe YOU.
Next, go to someone you respect and trust. Someone who knows you from a business perspective.
Ask that individual:
How would you describe me as a business person? As a business leader?
Encourage them to be candid with their answers.
It’s not about how we see ourselves. It’s about how other people see us. If we can begin to realize, more and more each business day, how other people see us then we can make the necessary adjustments to the way we think, the way we lead, the way we do business and interact with others.
For example: You may think you were really reasonable and respectful when talking with a co-worker. Yet they may feel quite the opposite from the experience. More like a 10 pound hammer just came down on their head!
Remember: Always think about how what you do and say may impact upon others.
By doing this exercise with yourself and really taking the time to think about the answers; then putting into action the necessary changes to your business approach, you will become even more successful than you are.