For the last several years, businesses have spent tremendous energy and resources on efficiency. Tightening up processes, removing actions lacking returns, and even combining responsibilities into fewer roles. The big question is what to do in an always-changing market where we are overloaded, and often have more than our job – specifically, the people looking to us for guidance.
The Sweet Spot of Tradition, EQ and Empathy.
How many things do you do each day, month, and year that are always the same? A tradition is something we repeat that has meaning to us. Holidays are a given. What about monthly activities – maybe dinner with friends and family, a networking event, something we volunteer for (like being involved in Girl Scouts). You may think this is a stretch … daily traditions: breakfast being the most important meal of the day, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Think back to what your parents taught you. How many of their routines are now yours? A tradition is something that has meaning and value to us.
Even though our paths are separate, we are connected. We are connected by the fact we live on the same planet. We have people in our life. We have problems. We have joy, sadness, anger, frustration. These experiences shape our view and offer a unique perspective no one else has. How we chose to use that viewpoint is what creates impact, even if it may not be the impact we wanted to have.
On a recent recording of the Voice of Bold Business Radio program, three fantastic women joined me: Marilyn Shannon (@Marilynlistens), Angela Hermans (@AngelaHemans), and Ivana Taylor (@DIYMarketers). The topic was how to learn new skills. (Stay tuned and subscribe so you don’t miss the broadcast when it airs in the New Year!)
The more we choose the easier the action becomes. There are three main components to making choices:
- Know there is a choice to be made.
- Understand what’s in our control (or not).
- Consider the options.
Let’s take moment to clarify: there are decisions we make for ourselves, our families, and for our work. The aforementioned topics explored here apply to all types of choices; however, we’re going to focus on work-related ones in this article.
So, an opportunity presents itself with regard to your business – expected or not. Either way, your business plan might not account for it. Or perhaps you’ve got a nagging feeling that something isn’t quite right with what’s happening and you don’t (easily) know how to figure it out.
That’s when it’s time to seek guidance on the best path (i.e. to proceed immediately or later, or not at all).
A consultant could help. Hmmm … or maybe a coach. But which one? Well, the answer depends on if you want to be guided through a process or be given a solution or skills when it comes to making a change.