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Your Game Plan

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.

It runs across the board, pervasive at all levels whether you are a C-Level executive, Director, or new manager. So many of us are mentally stimulated, but myopically focused on what’s right in front of us – and nothing else.

Creative executives manage ideas, people, and time in their day-to-day work. And while there are some tried-and-true principles and best practices, each situation is an opportunity for artful problem solving. Your brain needs as much juice as possible to be able to come up with solutions that match your clients’ needs.

Which is why if you don’t make time to create a vision for yourself and team, you end up focusing solely on reaction and your day-to-day becomes the default for managing you. With a simple vision plan, you create a great filter to allow you to make quick strategic decisions about what’s necessary, what’s minutia, what’s interference, and what’s the best next choice. You can apply that brilliant thinking to you and your team versus giving it all away.

Do you have your master game plan? Does it need updating or tweaking?

The avenue to creating a vision is quite simple, although it requires some discipline: Make the time. Regularly. Commit, and just do it.

You know more than you think you do. Prevent your impact from being temporary. You have a legacy and contribution to share. What will it be?

Your Wing Woman,

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Artwork by Anthony Burrill

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