Topics: Thought Leadership
My office has a whiteboard and at the top are the words… Be Intentional. That phrase has been at the top of my whiteboard all year. Why? Because I wanted to see a constant reminder that to achieve my goals for the year, I knew I would have to be intentional, or I may never succeed in meeting them.
Being intentional has become my team’s mantra for the year as well. In the past, we usually build out a strategic plan for the upcoming year and set out to execute that plan throughout the next year. Although we share our strategy with the business, it usually tends to be at a high level, and then we strive for execution without really letting others in the agency know ‘the why’ that is driving our actions. Not that it’s a big secret, but we just don’t take the time to share the details, many times assuming others don’t want to know the “why,” but only the results.
Last fall, while making our plans for the upcoming year, we realized there were several lofty goals we wanted to set for ourselves to achieve. We also knew those goals could not be accomplished by relying solely on our team, but the entire agency would have to join us. As we considered our efforts to support the agency and its goals, we quickly realized that the only way we would be successful was by being ‘intentional.’ We would have to start by sharing with the agency, what we were going to do and why - and that has made all the difference in the world.
Change in life is inevitable so why does it always seem to feel like such a challenge?
My pre-teenaged daughter and I talk a lot these days about change, and she recently asked me why it seems the boys at school are so much sillier than the girls. Oh boy!! The joys of adolescence and change! I ended our little talk by explaining that she will experience many changes throughout her entire life. I tried to impress on her that change doesn’t stop when you become an adult. We all know this, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy. Personally, I actually like some change and the challenges that come with it. However, even for me, some types of change can be very stressful and difficult to manage. The way I have learned to manage change throughout my career is by embracing it and actually leading through change, acting as a constant for my team when everything around us seems like chaos. With change, you must accept it and embrace it – the uncertainty, the challenges – all of it!