One of my business leaders shared with me during a recent video conference call that he felt frustrated because he kept getting side tracked and drawn into being the “worker bee” in his business. He confided that he felt resentful about the predicament that he often found himself.
I asked him, “If you continue feeling powerless over this situation, do you think you’ll create many breakthrough results with your business and team between now and the end of the year?”
“No, I can’t create breakthrough results if I’m feeling like a victim about my circumstances,” He replied.
By the end of our conversation, he was ready to let go of feeling powerless. However, he still needed to get clear about what kind of leader he was going to be.
Stephen Covey shares in his book,7 Habits of Highly Successful People, “Urgent situations demand immediate attention and action from us. But the important things in our business and life rarely demand immediate attention and action.”
After exploring several possibilities, he committed to being an inspired leader who focused on achieving big picture results – now.” For him, big picture outcomes meant achieving specific year-end revenue goals and hiring new staff and management.
As leaders, we have the opportunity to prioritize our workday and calendars with the “Big Rocks” and “Big Picture” activities. We can achieve this by putting these tasks into our calendars first – and prioritizing these tasks.
How to Be a Big Picture Leader Today
Answer the following questions:
1. What are the big picture outcomes that you want to achieve in your business/workplace between now and the end of the year?
2. Who are you currently “being” in regard to those big picture outcomes? In other words, what is the conversation you hear inside your head in regards to your ability to achieve those outcomes?
3. What is the cost of stubbornly holding on to your beliefs about your ability to achieve big picture outcomes?
4. What is the payoff of holding on to those beliefs? Hint: There is always a payoff. Perhaps we don’t have to get into action, or we don’t have to risk getting out of our comfort zone. Only you will know what the payoff is for you.
5. What is a new possibility in terms of who you want to “be” in regards to focusing on your big picture outcomes? In other words, what kind of attitude do you want to have?
6. Identify: 1) at least 3 big picture outcomes you will achieve by the end of the year, 2) the action steps you will take 3) and clear deadlines for achieving them. Write these down and make them your top priority; every month, every week and every day.
Do this simple process and you too can be an inspired leader who achieves big picture outcomes between now and the end of the year!