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
- 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.
- 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!!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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.
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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. Jerrys ESC assignments have included
coaching for several Executive Directors, and consulting on various
Board Development projects and on a number of strategic planning
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