As we enter into the New Year and the 13th years of P2Excellence, I am looking forward with anticipation. If you read my December post, you know I wrote about Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy – the markers of Advent. That reflection and this season brings me to the idea of expecting – waiting with anticipation, preparing for good things, creating safety and security – the right amount – not too much or too little, and making room for adventure.
At P2Excllence, we work to create space to learn, practice, and improve Workforce and Workplaces. We desire Excellence. People and Organizations don’t glide uphill or down. They take steps. And steps up require intention and disruption and change. Steps down do too. We may need to go down in order to go back up. Or we may go down, so we can begin again in a new direction. It’s my hope that in 2023, you travel with me as we explore the world of being a leader of clear intention, expecting to gain new insights and hence new behaviors.
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We are past the early days of the New Year, and so we are all talking about goals. Many of those goals are similar to last year’s or the last several years. One social media post has caught my eye. The suggestion was to write 10 broad-based goals and to then decide which of the 10 was most important. They suggested that with one goal in mind, we begin a project planning process to achieve the one goal. I decided to give it a try. Originally, I didn’t see a goal that was the hinge point for the others. But the next morning, I did see that there was one goal that rose to the top. Accomplishing this goal would make all other goals easier. And this one required significant effort. It required more than “just do it.” It required clarity, decision-making, choices, reaching out, trying new ways of working and of being. Having just the one as a focus made it more possible. I did put all 10 in a visual place, creating a word vision board. I have allowed myself to post “in the parking lot” the thoughts that come up on all 10. And I have focused on the one.
I am reminded that in the DMAIC process, we spend a lot of time on the D – Define. And in coaching, we can spend entire sessions on “agreement making” – talking about the issue – the goal, discerning, questioning, clarifying before we actually begin solution thinking. This slows the process down a lot and creates a better chance for success. I’m reading the 10 and focusing on the 1 a bit each day. After all, if these were easy goals, I would have accomplished them last year!
I am curious if this type of reflection, this somewhat different way to goal set, intrigues you. And if you will give it a try. I look forward to hearing from you.