After taking some time off from work, how do you re-ignite your professional life? I never really gave this much thought until this past week.
Working at a start-up business, I never have enough resources to get everything done that needs to be completed. For me, I always tried to catch everything that needed to get covered while not showing signs of discomfort or stress to those around me. The reality is that no matter how you feel, it does NO good to add tension in the workplace. There will always be someone in the organization that is will do that, unfortunately, so it is important to overcompensate for those individuals and provide a sense of calm.
But that was not the big ah-ha for me this holiday time. My kids have been away at college and having them back in our household really was extremely special. Not that we did anything special, but being together was and always will be special. It is good to have a special diversion from work. It truly took my head out of work – everyone needs that.
And clearing your head is probably the most important preface to heading back to work after the holiday. Now take advantage of your break and let it create a new clear vision for you. Ask yourself the questions you asked yourself when you started your job, your leadership position. (Leaders can be found at every level in the organization chart – see this.) What is the organizational mission? What is the company strategy? What is the value you deliver to your target audience? How do you create the most positive customer/client-experience? And most importantly, what are you, your team, your company doing to address positive results related to the answers to these questions and your organizations KPIs (key performance indicators).
When I look back at these exact questions posed and assess them in my professional life, I see a need for change. For too long there have been daily activities that do not make sense to continue.
The pressure of driving strong business results often makes organizations deviate from worthwhile day-by-day endeavors. Yes, we often do something to fix a short-term result that makes sense at that given moment, but does not necessarily support long-term winning endeavors. I believe that successful executives must have a clear understanding of the difference between the two. I have worked for a “shoot-from-the-hip” executive. This person pushed the company to solve daily problems without having a vision and strategy to support long-term success. As a result, l can document the missed opportunities because a cohesive plan was not in place. A task to support a cohesive strategy and plan was not in place. We missed the boat on many market opportunities. As said previously, leaders come from all parts of an organization independent company structure and individuals’ positions and that means my accountability, your accountability.
So as you face getting back to work after the holiday, take the morning (or even the night before) to re-assess the right questions about your business and maybe even more importantly, the people your serve as customers/clients and take corrective action. Think about your daily activities that you need to tweak to support long-term success. I am certain you have gotten away from at least a few of them. Adjust and …
Make It Happen,