create space to plan

In preparation for your 2016 planning, consider creating space. By space, I mean a clean, clear and conscious mind to enable you to travel the journey of possibilities in the future. Our mind is cluttered with way too much stuff, requiring us to squeeze past thoughts, memories and emotions.

Creating space requires you to remove: the quiet and loud voices in your head, memories of previous plans which you've attempted and not completed and any doubt about your abilities which lingers.

Creating space requires you to practise: journaling on paper or on your device - your thoughts and feelings in relation to activities and experiences in your day, observing what others are doing which you admire and inspired by and providing feedback to others - telling people what you've wanted to share with them (positive & negative) in a constructive approach (refer to my previous Blogs using SBI).

Successful planning is attributed to the time and space created in the preparation stage - like change, it's works best when everyone is engaged. In this case, engaging your mind, controlling it to work for you rather than against you.

Off you go and create space to plan - it's time for a #new90dayplan.




Are you vague or specific?

I am flabbergasted when people flatter me with endorsements. It's great to flick through my social media accounts and email and uncover people who have identified and highlighted my talents, skills, experience etc!

Hold on, this is not about me - this message is about you, the Leader - today's consideration!

I'm surprised for three reasons:

  • the fact they took time out to actually think of me and say "yes" Louise does that well
  • that people actually think I am good at something which I never considered was in my suite of offerings, and
  • how would these people actually know that I do or even know how I perform these activities.

Now, don't get me wrong - I am very thankful and grateful for your feedback - well, to those that have endorsed me!

What I want to highlight is that we are generally vague in our feedback. When asked "what did you think of my presentation?" the often chorus of feedback is "great" or "really well". It's like the response to "How are you?" - the chorus is "not bad" or "good". (Well, in Australia it is.)

Today, I'd like to challenge you to be more specific with your responses and in particular, your feedback. Be genuine and identify what is good or requires attention/improvement. Until we know what it is that can be improved or made more robust, we'll never know!

Today, somewhere in the world a great leader will say "I really enjoyed your story at the beginning of today's meeting - you engaged with everyone in the room." Or, "when you click your pen during the meeting it distracts me and I notice it distracts others ...".

Keep endorsing people in our very 'social' world and go beyond the 'tick of approval' and share a message about that person i.e. a recommendation in LinkedIn is a space which encourages this activity.

Thank you for reading my whole blog! Now, go on and give someone specific feedback.