Women Bringing Their Whole Selves to Work: Part 2

In Part 1 you were given a series of actions to guide you in developing your leadership vision.  Your call to action was to develop your leadership essence, the “why” you are here in the world.  Part 2 looks at how to make this vision real and actionable.

To realize your vision you need to know and understand your current situation and have the courage to see beyond it to what you aspire to be. As Yogi Berra said “if you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else”.

Tips on How to Realize Your Vision

How do you make your vision real and actionable?  Here are some thoughts on next steps:

Describe your vision

One way to describe your vision is to use your values and purpose. We all have innate core values that guide how we live our life.

-          What are your core values?

-          What is your purpose or “why”?

-          If you were to tell someone who you were what would you say?

I recently worked with Barbara, a woman executive in the hospitality industry, to develop her leadership vision.  She shared that her purpose is to help people find their path.  In telling stories, she identified a number of core values that were critical for her as a leader – innovation, achievement and pride.

How would you frame your leadership vision?

Make your vision real

Look at the vision statement you have prepared.  And ask yourself these questions:

-          To live in that vision what will you will be doing differently?

-          How will people see you behaving?

-          How will you be speaking?

-          What will you stop, start and continue doing?

Get clear on the language you use, the thoughts you have and the actions you want to be doing that will support your vision.  The more granular you can make it the better.

In the case of Barbara, she wanted to stop telling people what to do and let them find the answers. This meant asking more questions and not giving solutions.  She also knew she had to develop patience and curiosity and let go of racing to the end.  So she started to practice 30 minutes of meditation every day, to slow her down and focus her thoughts.

What do you want to start, stop and continue doing?

Look at what you are currently doing

This requires honesty and introspection.

-          What do people currently see in your actions and behavior?

-          What are your current thoughts and beliefs?

-          What is working well and not working well?

The more you can understand how you are behaving today, the more you can let go of that behavior and start acting and thinking differently.

Barbara shared that she was so focused on action and getting things done that she often stepped in and completed work for others.  When people asked for her help she would tell them what to do.  Her underlying attitude was that it had to get done and it was quicker for her to do it herself.

How are you behaving and what are you telling yourself?

Get into action

You now know how you are currently behaving and what new behaviors you need to make your vision real. Record your findings in the following table.  Make sure you are clear on what you want to start, stop and continue doing, looking at your actions (behavior) and your attitude (thoughts and feelings).  Look at how your behavior is currently impacting people and what you want to change.  Do the same with results.

Current Future
Behavior
Attitude (thoughts and feelings)
Impact
Results

 

Once you have completed the table pick one behavior (e.g., ask more questions and stop telling).  Then practice that behavior every day.  And get feedback from others.  It generally takes at least 4 months of continuous practice to change on behavior and have it become a new habit.  Once you have that behavior nailed down, start on the next one.

Are you ready to make the change and step into your leadership?

3 Responses to “Women Bringing Their Whole Selves to Work: Part 2”

  1. [...] Four strategies to help realize your vision Bonnie Flatt from femme-o-nomics.com October 22, 2012 Bonnie Flatt is an executive coach who works with individuals and teams to understand and align on their purpose and values and develop goals and outcomes that deliver meaningful results.  Follow her on twitter @BonnieFlatt. The original post appeared here. [...]

  2. [...] Bonnie Flatt is an executive coach who works with individuals and teams to understand and align on their purpose and values and develop goals and outcomes that deliver meaningful results.  Follow her on twitter @BonnieFlatt or visit her website. The original post appeared here. [...]

  3. [...] Bonnie Flatt is an executive coach who works with individuals and teams to understand and align on their purpose and values and develop goals and outcomes that deliver meaningful results.  Follow her on twitter @BonnieFlatt or visit her website. The original post appeared here. [...]

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