Thoughts On Leadership: Own It

By: Santi Chacon
Business Coach
Denver, Colorado

Own It

To be effective you must think strategically. Commerce suggests being in the right place at the right time; which translates into: being everywhere all the time (this is a matter of strategy). Possessing a strategic focus will ensure that you are not taking opportunities for granted. Practice by planning, goal setting, and by constantly adjusting the plan as occasion calls for it.

Okay, So What Is Your Strategy?

If those individuals who were in charge of your pay check asked you to describe your strategy in painful detail, could you? Could you described what you have quantified and measured or would you provide generalities and assumptions?

Are You Ready?

It would be in your best interest to devote a portion of your life to planning your strategy for the next five to ten years. Planning insinuates writing and rewriting in painful detail your intention (how you will get from point 'A' to point 'B' effectively at the lowest possible cost) that includes matrices for measurement and time lines for feedback.

If It Doesn't Hurt, You Aren't Doing It Right!

Planning your strategy should not be easy, rather it is a mental and emotional exercise that you engage in that refines thinking, reveals challenges and solutions, as well as facilitates education and accountability.

What's Next?

After you have actually planned and lived your plan for a season begin to consider carefully how much of your attention you lend to the urgent needs of your projects, business, or people and how much of your time is dedicated to executing against a well thoughtout strategy.

  • Wouldn't it be fascinating to have the capacity to direct your key players in a fashion that produced consistent and measurable results?
  • Wouldn't you define effectiveness as your ability to use your talent (your people) in ways that would produce an increasing return on energy?
  • Have you written down your strategic direction for the next five to ten years?
  • Does your strategy live on a document for reference?
  • What are you doing to take ownership of your strategy for personal and organizational growth?

In Conclusion

Remember to focus on growth opportunities, partnerships, training and educating your people, and decide to always document your strategy regarding these matters. Documenting every important strategy will demonstrate that you actually care about those you lead.

Thoughts On Leadership (Series)

Time To Begin
Own It
Be Visible
Push For Improvement
Grab Opportunities

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