Where Are You Going?

Something to think about on this last blog of 2017.

Where do you want to go next year?

How will you get there?

What goals do you hope to achieve?

Who do you need to help you get there?

When will you achieve these goals?

Answer the questions, write them down, print them out, put them over your workstation, your reading room, your bed, your nightstand, your car, etc, etc.

But make them happen and don’t forget when times get tough, where it is you want to go.

The Internal Out of Office

I had never seen one of these before up until a few weeks ago.

Think about if you received an auto-reply from a colleague that read somewhat like this…

“I can’t respond to your email right now, I’m working on this great project right now and will try to get back to you later.”

What’s the project?

How great is it?

What do I need to do, to be a part of it?

How can I help by keeping emails like mine out of your way?

Very simply this conveys interest, excitement, passion and of course, curiosity.

I haven’t used it yet, but hope to in 2017.

The Expansion Experiment

I think what helps any of us grow, in any field, is seeing the different approaches that people take in totally different fields to solve similar problems.

Whether it be a function of leadership, team development, personal growth where there is alignment between the fields of interest.

Even more interesting is to learn how people approach problems I have never seen, heard or even thought of and seek to understand how they approached this problem.

With this in mind, I went to my LinkedIn feed and noticed that the bulk of people I interact with are all in some way shape or form working with technology.  So I sought to change that and reached out to people that I had met through Seth Godin’s altMBA program who are from a very diverse set of backgrounds and experiences.

The results have been incredible, so many new blogs to look at and read, so many new contacts that I have met and chatted with online (and perhaps might meet in person one day) and so many new ideas now coming my way.

Call it the Expansion Experiment or the LinkedIn Collision – whatever you want to call it – thank you to all of those that accepted my invites.

Being Stuck with Nowhere To Go

Have you ever felt stuck in where you are?

Not sure where to go or what to do next?

Not confident that you can even take that first step?

Are you feeling more confined merely by reading the first few lines in this post?

You shouldn’t.

Being stuck is the best place to be – it’s in those moments of being stuck that we force ourselves to take a step back and look at where we are, where we want to go and formulate plans on how we are going to get there.

When we are zipping here, there and everywhere we don’t always have the time and/or luxury to take a moment and look forward – we’re having too much fun being unstuck, moving forward, shipping, making things happen, etc.

You always have somewhere to go, even when you’re stuck, even when you’re at your lowest ebb.  The strength comes in taking the time to look at how you got there and where you want to go to get Unstuck and move forward.

Don’t worry about who gets Credit

If you are not there to make the presentation that you have slaved over for months, will people still recognize and appreciate that it was done by you and not the stand in?

How much does it matter if they don’t?

The people who don’t know you will assume (their mistake) that it is the presenter who has done everything.

The people who do you know you, will see your touch, your fingerprints, your passion all over it and they will know without a doubt whose work they are looking at but is being presented by someone else.

The question then becomes does it matter?

Does it matter that the people who already chose not to ask know;

  • Who did the work?
  • How did it happen?
  • How does it work beyond the powerpoint?

Really matter.

Is it going to change what you do, what you work on and what you create next?

Probably not.

Probably not, so instead of focusing on who gets the credit, focus on what you are going to build next.