I work hard. I love to work hard. I love to work hard and get results. I love to reap the rewards of hard work: accomplishment, purpose, self-reliance.
Great marketers (and great leaders) thrive on numbers. They set aggressive goals and create plans to achieve them.
What if you don't set you and your team on a path toward achieving targets? Longterm leadership requires this ability. The discipline to do so reaps organizational rewards and a sense of accomplishment.
Self-Reliance & Continuous Improvement
As leaders, it's our responsibility to create a plan to build and develop ourselves. Forever. When we rely on a manager to grow us, we're putting our potential in the hands of someone else.
5 Ways to Continuously Improve:
1. Attend industry group conferences. Meet like-minded people who are smart, passionate about the field, and achieving great results. Learn from them.
2. Follow industry thought-leaders on LinkedIn and Twitter. Read their articles, LinkedIn posts, and emails. Explore what you agree with -- and what you disagree with -- and why.
3. Follow non-industry thought-leaders you admire and respect. Consider how their ideas impact your industry and role.
4. Take vacations. Unplug on Weekends. Rest and recharge frequently. Steven Covey included this in his famous "sharpen the saw" habit for a great reason.
5. Express gratitude (especially with your most favorite people). It's easy to become inspired when thinking about people who inspire us. Take time to recognize why you're grateful for what they created.
Which of these five have you embraced this month?
What behaviors are your favorite for focusing on improvement? How do you measure and celebrate your progress?