You’ve worked really hard to get to this new position. It’s a big shift for you, more responsibility, more strategy, more challenging… and you don’t know where to start. The rhythm of your previous job was more immediate and reactive. All that you had to do was right in front of you. And, this job, well, it requires thought, planning, and creating your position in a way that you’ve never experienced.
Filed under: Business Related, Creativity, Growth + Development, Thought-Provoking
After having this conversation about 100 times this year, I thought I would ask you:
How much time do you spend thinking about the future, your vision, and the plan that will help you get where you want to go?
Chances are, not enough. Because life happens.
Maybe you were going to hunker down and do some big thinking on a recent flight, but you got sucked into cleaning out your inbox instead. Or maybe you decided to catch a little shut eye since it was your first chance to sleep in 24 hours.
Maybe you were going to do it after your big new business pitch, but you decided you to go out for drinks with the team and hang out with your family, who forgot what you looked like this last month.
A consistent theme in my work with creative executives is making the time to be visionary and strategic – for your own careers. We flex those thinking muscles on our clients so much more than we do for our selves.
A few weeks ago, I caught up with one of my favorite executives. I’m always inspired by how he leads his team. He’s clear, hires smart people, and (this is the clincher) he actively develops them on a monthly basis.
That’s right. Every integral person to his team goes out with him once a month to do a few things:
> Take it out of the office. Personal can be quite relevant to getting the professional work done.
> Get feedback about the department and other employee dynamics and politics.
> Helps them manage their goals, career path, and accomplishments.
The last one really stood out to me last week. As Seth Godin shares, your accomplishments and resume are symbiotic, but they are not the same thing.
Accomplishments may further a career, but more importantly, they bring a sense of satisfaction, completion, and pride. Everyone needs all three of things to feel engaged and alive about their work.
How do you make sure that your people are keeping track of their accomplishments? How do you keep track of yours?
When companies grow, it’s a natural reaction to scale and systemize processes to bring consistent service, prevent potential damaging scenarios and to be able to manage how the business runs.
Systemizing can impede the human factor.
Systems are meant to streamline processes. But they don’t remove the need for the human factor.
Humans are not robots. They are talent.
Our input makes a difference, especially, when you are dealing with exceptions.
So hire smart humans. Identify the purpose of your work. Empower them to understand where they can make a difference. And, then let them do their jobs.
Talent is precious. And as we move from a manufacturing model to a creativity model, it’s never been more apparent that our ideas are the equity of our future. And creative talent is essential to make those ideas come to life.
Think of talent as your human capital. You can’t afford to hire the wrong talent and you can’t hope that uninspired talent will perform effectively.
Similar to plant life, different talent has different needs. While some plants thrive on direct light and lots of water, others will die under the same conditions.
So how do you manage your green house of ever-changing talent? What do you do to stay tapped into what your talent needs to grow and perform?
Assessing Your Performance
You are your business.
As solopreneurs, your biggest strengths and weaknesses are highlighted and amplified through your businesses.
The most incredible part of your business? Everything that happens is dictated by and catalyzed through you. Did I also mention this can be the most overwhelming part, too?
It’s important to be able to recognize where are you making the most difference in your business and where are you holding your business back. And while I have never met a solopreneur who wasn’t analyzing their business and gauging next steps, they are often caught in the cycle of working “in” the business versus finding time to work “on” it.