During the holiday break, I went to see an Off-Broadway show, “What’s It All About?” that was an updated version of all the popular (and old) Burt Bacharach songs. The stars of the show were rock band musicians and singers all in one, belting out re-imagined tracks of the timeless musical numbers. Listening to the words and melodies of: “What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love”, “I Say A little Prayer For You”, “That’s What Friends Are For”, I was transformed and inspired to think about how the next year would look, feel and sound. I decided that leaders also need to re-imagine their stories and create new views for 2014. So I have a challenge for each of you.
If you could choose a theme song to describe how your leadership during the next year will look, what would it be?
Here are some questions you may want to think about in selecting that perfect song:
What do I want to learn more about?
Each year I try to commit to growing in some way. Maybe there are some books or authors you have been hearing about and just haven’t had the time to read. Perhaps there is a certification or a course that you know will complement your career and one that may take time to achieve. Is there somebody you have wanted to speak with who has an expertise in an area you are fascinated with and want to explore?
This is the year to locate those books, sign-up for that program, reach out to that person and honor yourself by learning from them.
Who do I want to connect with more deeply?
Forging new professional and personal relationships is essential for all leaders. When we build deeper connections with colleagues, it can mean powerful collaborations and synergies. This is the time of year to acknowledge to yourself who you want to welcome into your life. Send them an email or comment on their blog or make a phone call. Whatever way you choose, just do it and be ready to become more connected and energized.
This is the year to cultivate those relationships and welcome them into your world.
What one area of my career or business do I want to develop?
This is always a great time of year to reflect on how the past year went- what we loved about it and what we wish could have been different. The next step is to put in writing a game plan of what area we want to focus on in the coming year. Do you want to write more and elevate your blogging? Is this the year to commit to more networking events to beef up your client base? Do you want to add new responsibilities to your present job to make you a better candidate for a promotion?
This is the year to find that one new addition to your career or business.
So I suppose you are still wondering what my leadership theme song will be for 2014.
My song is: “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
What is your leadership theme song for 2014?