Episode #44: What Do You Want To Bring Forth Into The Future?
Over the last three weeks, you have journaled about your team, your company, and yourself, and today we’re going to do the work to pull all of these ideas together. We came from a perspective that it’s about learning, growing, and being more intentional, so let’s prepare ourselves for that growth mindset.
These are the last five questions that tie everything together:
- What are the things, activities, behaviors I want to continue to cultivate in the future and how can I do that
- What are the things I want to let go of? And how do I do that and the ball rolling?
- Where do I need to move in a different direction? How do I do that? What needs to be done?
- What are my to-do items? Should I set up training, thank a supportive vendor, thank my spouse?
- What are the wins I want to share with the team and celebrate? And how can I best share my appreciation?
We need to set aside some time to reflect on what we’ve actually accomplished over the last three months. We’ve just been through something no one else has in the history of the world. In order to learn from this experience, we need to sit down with our thoughts and purposefully learn from this experience.
Your call to action: Set aside another hour. Review what you wrote down over the last three weeks. Then take some time to dig deep and answer this week’s set of questions.
Hello and welcome to episode number 44 of The Strategy Corner, where our goal is to get you to take action. I’m your host, Michel Zink, the owner of Intentional Solutions Corp. Today’s strategy is what do we want to bring forth into the future based off our learnings during the pandemic? Over the last three weeks, you have journaled and evaluated yourself, your team, your company. And today we’re going back, looking over our answers to our questions over the last three weeks and deciding what we want to bring forth into the future. Now, if you have not journaled or listened to the last three podcasts, I would recommend you to do so. If you are an owner of a business, if you’re an executive at a business, if you’re a leader of a business, even if you manage people out of business, if you have a level of ownership and leadership within a business, I find it crucial that you go back and you listen to the last three episodes so that you can journal and to learn what you did well, what you didn’t do well, and those three areas.
So again, we did some evaluation about ourselves, about our teams and about the company. And we came from our perspective that was about learning and growing, not that we were beating each other up or beating ourselves up or beating our team up or finding all of the things we did wrong, but more so from our perspective, to learn and grow so that we can move quicker and faster in the future and be more intentional. So looking back at the last three weeks, hear this week’s five questions to ask yourself why you’re looking back at that information. Because, again, it’s we write. We journal. We see what comes up. And then based off of all those answers, we can kind of go back and review them and then we answer these five questions. So these are the last five questions that tie everything together.
So number one is what are the things, activities, behaviors I want to continue to cultivate in the future? And how can I do that? Number two, what are the things I need to let go of and move away from? And how do I do that? And what are the things that need to be done to get the ball rolling to let go of those things? Number three, where do I need to move in a different direction? How do I do that? What needs to be done? Number four, what are my to-do items? Set up training, have a crucial conversation with an employee, call a vendor that was supportive, you know thank your husband or wife for everything they’ve done to support you during this time. What are some things based off of your answers to the last three weeks are to-do items that you need to schedule and plan on your calendar to make sure they get done? And number five, what are the wins I want to share with the team and celebrate and how can I best show my appreciation? So, again, these are five questions that you need to answer after you’ve looked back at all your last three weeks’ answers and to see what came up.
So the call to action is to set aside another hour. And you begin by reviewing what you wrote down over the last three weeks about yourself, your team, and your company. Then the second step is to go ahead and answer these five questions that tie everything together. Again, we want to make sure we give ourselves at least an hour to answer these questions and review the past week’s answers. You can do that in one lump sum or you can break it up. But the big thing is you take the time to do this.
And here are the questions one more time. Number one, what are the things, activities, behaviors I want to continue to cultivate in the future? And how can I do that? Number two, what are the things I need to let go of and move away from? And how do I do that? And what needs to be done to get the ball rolling? Number three, where do I need to move in a different direction? And how do I do that and what needs to be done? Number four, what are my to-do items? Set up training, have a crucial conversation with an employee, call a vendor that was supportive thank, my husband or wife, for everything they’ve done to support me during this time? Number five, what are the wins I want to share with the team and celebrate? How can I best show my appreciation?
I know that if you take the time to answer these questions, things are going to come up that you haven’t thought about. And the reason why I know this is because in our day to day lives when we’re so busy putting out fires, helping our employees grow, helping to get the product out the door, we don’t have time to really process like what we just went through. It has been three months of a period in time we’ve never gone through before in history. And so we just are getting things done. The people who’ll listen to this podcast are doers, are people who are achievers. And so we’re just doing, doing, doing, doing. And in order for us to get the real benefit and the complete benefit of what we’ve actually accomplished over the last three months is slow down and answer these questions. So just do it. Just take the time and see what you learn. I promise it’ll be worth your effort.
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