Here are 7 points to be work ready for 2018:
1. Find a coach
“Nothing is impossible to those who act after wise counsel and careful thought.”
A good coach will help you realise your potential, maintain perspective, achieve success and provide a safe space for challenging conversations.
2. Celebrate and have fun
What gets recognised gets repeated, what gets celebrated becomes a habit. Individual recognition and group celebration fuel high performance. Make an effort to compliment people doing something right and make time to celebrate success. Fun belongs at work and when it’s isolated work isn’t fun. Fun and work naturally go together, work is more productive and performance is better when it’s fun.
3. Learn to problem solve
The ability to problem solve is one of the most sought after skills in the marketplace. There are six essential skills involved in problem solving : generating mindset, acquiring knowledge, building relationships, managing problems, creating solutions and delivering results. We must be skilled in all areas to ensure we can address and attack problems as they arise, however, we need to understand our strengths and limitations in each area to ensure we can compensate and tap into the skills of the team to move in a new direction.
4. Don’t put off difficult decisions
Leaders must have courage to make difficult decisions and to see projects through. There is a fine balance between being supportive and demanding, Rome wasn’t built in a day but Rome was built.
5. Identify opportunities and priorities for improvement
Establish a small quality team with sole focus of improving standards, identifying opportunities for innovation and improvement, include known sceptics and ensure service views are represented. If possible seek external accreditation.
6. Deal with disappointment.
Even people and organisations with the best of intentions and processes have the capability to disappoint. If you cannot influence decisions no matter how unfair they seem at the time, move on and continue on your journey undeterred. It is not possible to get everything right, or to please everyone, it is best not to take the reactions of others personally. Let go, move on and don’t give time or energy tothings you cant influence or change.
7. Make it happen
Have both long and short term targets and have clear success measures for both. Work out where the invisible barriers to change are and develop a strategy for breaking through them and don’t lose sight of the end by excessive concentrating on the means. Take work seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously, do your absolute best, have no regrets and kindness always.