What level of Insanity are you Living in?
Updated: Jan 8, 2019
It's that time of year again where we're looking at the home stretch of 2016, and beginning to look ahead to 2017. The years keep going by faster; much of that due to the pace of change, technology, and the constant need to evolve in order to compete in today's global marketplace.
As you begin to evaluate your performance for 2016, are you going to hit your goals? If you're not going to hit your goals, why not? Is it due to a lack of a plan? Is it due to a lack of execution? Whatever the reason, what's your plan to change the outcome moving forward. Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is, "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." If what you've been doing isn't working, change it.
If you're not achieving the results you want to achieve, whether it be personal goals or business goals, what actions are you taking to change what you've been doing to ensure that you move towards and/or achieve your goals next year. Now, we can all come up with excuses as to why something didn't happen. We are too busy, we don't have the time to add something else to our plates, other priorities got in the way, and on and on. But, that's just another excuse to limit your success.
A couple of thoughts to help you and your business be more successful in 2017 than 2016.
If you don't have a coach or mentor, find one! Why? • Accountability. • Outside perspective. • Investment in your personal growth and development.
If you aren't engaging outside resources to assist your organization with setting a strategic plan and executing on a plan, do so! Why? • Outside perspective. • Individual and Team Accountability. • Having a clear process to develop a focused path for the future • Organizational alignment
If you don't have an advisory board, or outside board members, think about engaging them. Why? • We get too caught up in our own world (industry, internal viewpoints, etc.). • No one of us has all the answers. • You're not has unique as you think you are. • Different perspectives, different experiences, different insights into your business.
Remaining status quo is a recipe for decline and ultimately obsolescence.
"Yesterday's adaptations are today's routines."
- Ronald A. Heifetz, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World
If you want to achieve different outcomes than you are achieving today, you must first start with you. Are you open to change? Are you willing to be challenged? Are you driven to be a better you, and a better business than you are today?
As you look ahead to 2017, think about what goals you want to achieve. Then, make sure that you set yourself up for success. Only you have the power to change your today!
Jayne McQuillan, CPA, MBA, CEPA is a strategic management consultant, and the owner of Journey Consulting, LLC, in Green Bay