Each year I pick a topic and focus my personal development time and energy on that topic. Last year it was Leadership, the year before it was Questions. In my leadership file I found this list, I am not sure who the author is, but the message is powerful. As you prepare for the last 1/4 of 2012, take a few minutes and set some personal goals. If you don't get better, how will your organization, family, church, get better?

10 Tips for Managing Yourself (Self Leadership)

It is very important that you manage yourself well. Those that do will become the leaders of tomorrow. Managing yourself means learning how to work with others in a productive and profitable way. It also means being focused on helping your organization to be profitable. Whether your goal is to move up in the organization or to gain more responsibility in your current situation you will want to show that you can produce excellent results for your organization. This takes constant self monitoring and self managing. Here are some ways to do this:

    1. Be self-aware. Self-awareness is essential to understanding what leadership style works for you. Even if you are an individual contributor you will need to convince people that your contribution has merit and is valuable. That involves communicating and leading people to a conclusion that you can produce good results.

    2. Be accountable for yourself. Listen to those who give you feedback on your performance. Your manager, a mentor, and a colleague can help you to see where you are lacking. Listen carefully and make corrections when necessary. No feedback? Ask for it!!

    3. Be trustworthy and extend trust to your colleagues. That will help you earn their loyalty. Establish a network of people who help you and whom you help. When times are tough these are the people you can call on!

    4. Have a good work ethic. Be committed to getting the job done no matter what it takes. Be action oriented and a problem solver. Develop an expertise that makes you a valuable resource.

    5. Do a skill assessment quarterly. Notice when you are missing expertise in a particular skill and find a class to take, a colleague to help you, or a mentor/coach/ trainer. With the rapid changes occurring in business today it is important to watch for new trends. Reading and studying on your own is a first step but when the skill takes on more importance be sure to get training. Don't wait for your company to pay for it. Do it on your own.

    6. Don't play the part of a victim or martyr. No matter what the issue don't make excuses. Instead look for solutions. You have a choice in everything you do. Make the choice that shows you are proactive and a problem solver. Don't dwell on the negative.

    7. Be self disciplined. When you promise to deliver something in a particular time frame, be sure to do it. This will mean you will need to set up a time to get the work done and then be strong enough to prevent interruptions. Setting firm boundaries is also part of self discipline. Follow the rule of under promising and over delivering. Self discipline also involves setting appropriate standards. Your work needs to be of high quality always.

    8. Pursue hobbies and interests outside your work. They'll provide relaxation and may inspire creative ideas for your work. Workaholics get too caught up in the details of work. They may be productive in a particular job but leaders must have time to see the big picture.

    9. Take a vacation. Too many people skip vacation time. It along with hobbies and other interests provides relaxation time. You will find that creativity comes during this down time.

    10. Get a coach. Coaches are skilled at helping you to understand what works for you. Looking for a promotion? Ask a coach to partner with you. Feeling your work is being overlooked? Hire a coach. Successful people find ways to accomplish their goals. A coach is often the answer.

Final Thoughts:

I have a couple of spots open on my coaching calendar. If you know of anyone who might be interested in coaching please let them know I would be glad to provide a couple of free coaching sessions to help them determine if now is the right time to get started with a coach.
Have a GREAT month and drop me note and let me know how 2012 is going for you.

Coach Jerry


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Jerry Pinney

For the last twenty-two years Jerry Pinney has been president of his own consulting firm. Currently he focuses his efforts on providing executive and personal coaching to persons who are interested in improving their quality of life and consulting to small and mid-sized companies and nonprofits. He is a facilitator for peer advisory groups with The Alternative Board and is a Certified One Page Planning Consultant. Jerry has over three decades of experience in the food industry, and possesses a unique perspective of customer service, marketing and strategic planning. In addition to overall general management qualifications, Jerry has proven expertise in operational planning and business development. His food industry career started at Jewel Food Stores followed by a long career with IGA, with their retailers, wholesalers and ten years as Vice President of Marketing. In addition Jerry has served as Vice President of Membership for the National Grocers Association, Sr. Vice President of Procurement for Shurfine International and Executive Manager of The Zenon Hansen Foundation.

Jerry has also served on a number of nonprofit boards including: President of the Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago. He is currently a Project Manager for the Executive Service Corps of Chicago. Jerry’s ESC assignments have included coaching for several Executive Directors, and consulting on various Board Development projects and on a number of strategic planning projects.

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