As my final entry to complement the past three, I want to briefly cover a simple three-part concept that I have found helpful in my work personally and my work with clients. In â€œPBR,â€ the first of the past three, I focused on the need to slow down and take a moment to reflect on alternatives before engaging. Secondly, in the entry titled â€œAct with Intent,â€ I covered the idea that through solid planning, we can guide our actions for maximum impact. Finally, in â€œAct with Intent: Redux,â€ my focus was on the fact that our actions, not our intentions, are the testimony of our lives.
The three concepts are both simple to grasp and often difficult to bring to life. If we can find ways to keep the three ideas of â€œExecute, Build Skills, and Excelâ€ fresh in our minds as we enter new roles, or face new challenges, we will find ourselves more and more successful over time.
First and foremost, we must focus on execution. Do the work that is required at the moment in whatever role you may have. As I discussed in the entry â€œBreaking the Ice,â€ regardless of the nature of the role, do it well. We have all faced situations in our personal and work lives when the best crafted strategies and plans fail on the rocks of poor execution. Stay focused on the requirements of the role you are in and â€œExecuteâ€ well!
The second idea is to always â€œBuild Skills.â€ Whether you are early in your career or have been at it for decades, you always must be focused on learning new things and building your skills. At a recent lunch, a 66-year-old CEO friend shared with me a powerful story about how much he was learning TODAY as his company is working to expand into a new channel of trade. Not only was it inspiring for me to hear, I also could tell from his energy that this process of â€œbuilding skillsâ€ was reinvigorating for him, even though he has run this company for more than a decade.
Finally, we should find areas of our work or personal lives where we can â€œExcel.â€ Look to find situations where you can bring your skills, experiences, and passions to bear and perform in a superior way. Not only will the organization benefit, but you will find yourself becoming a teacher to others in YOUR areas of excellence. As I covered in the entry â€œA teachable point of view,â€ the best leaders are the best teachers!
Again, easier said than done. Find ways to bring all three concepts to life as you think about your work. Focus on the â€œexecutionâ€ needs facing you TODAY! Look to â€œbuild skillsâ€ EVERY DAY, regardless of your age or tenure in role. Finally, get in touch with the areas of your role where you can truly â€œexcelâ€ and find ways to become a practitioner and teacher in those areas.