What is Holding You Back?
At one time or another, we have all set goals and not succeeded in achieving them. As a leader, it can be especially difficult to accept failing at an organizational goal. Abandoning a system as a result of a failed initiative could be a step in the wrong direction. Today is a great opportunity to let go of the past and re-evaluate the systems and uncover what could be holding you back.
Over time, a mission can get stale resulting in complacency and fail to deliver on the brand promise. Any organizational system will unconsciously conspire to maintain the status quo and prevent any necessary change. Great leaders are fluid in their process of driving the mission. They constantly innovate new ways to attract and retain internal and external raving fans of their brand. They understand that continuous improvement requires change.
Letting go of the past is difficult to do but it can set you free. Why do many leaders live in the past and let those events define them? Believe it or not, the reason is that letting go of the past is harder than living in the present because of the unfamiliarity. It can be a very scary place when moving outside of your comfort zone into a new place of uncertainty. Having the courage of adopting the mindset of letting go and accepting change, will make you a happier person that is a fluid leader.
EVALUATE IF THERE IS A NEED FOR CULTURAL CHANGE
Use the below three steps to determine if there is cultural change needed. You will gain more clarity in knowing “what” to do, and “why” to do it in goal setting. As a result, the organization is crystal clear in “how” to have an excellence response in a customer engagement.
Step 1. Create Vision Statement
Gain Clarity of Organizational Purpose. Being clear about the organization's mission, create a one -sentence vision statement as a leader. Using your job description, determine why you are there, and where you fit in as a leader. Take some reflective time and meditate and then narrow it down to only one sentence, the key elements of your purpose.
Step 2. What feels tired?
Reflect and ask yourself these questions: (a) What feels tired in the systems and mission. (b) What could I do that would provide the biggest potential for success?
Step 3. Where are we manufacturing energy?
Ask yourself: Based on my vision statement, what are we doing that guarantees the mission purpose never materialize? If the mission or a segment of it is draining, the cultural systems need improvement.
In day- to- day business operations, there can be blind spots in the activities needed for moving a compelling mission forward. Sometimes it takes an outsider’s viewpoint to see the obvious. Seek out the advice of an expert that doesn’t have bias about your organization. Consider partnering with a leadership coach.