Notes & Links
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker
1. Transition from Player to Coach
“Successful people become great leaders when they learn to shift the focus from themselves to others.” – Marshall Goldsmith
You have previously been rewarded for what you do. Going forward, you will be rewarded for what you can lead others to do.
- Planning / Outlining
- Alignment / Understanding
Other opportunities for experience:
- Coordinate a special event for a non-profit
- Coach a youth sports team
2. Develop your Communication Skills
“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.” – Peter Drucker
The value of your technical skills will be limited by your ability to communicate.
- Written: Emails, letters, reports, proposals
- Verbal: Presentations, meetings
- Digital: Social Media
Alignment is critical – does your team understand how company goals apply to them?
Have one-on-one meetings with your team
- If we could improve in any way, how would we do it?
- What’s our number one problem?
- What’s not fun about working here?
- Who in the company is really doing great?
- Whom do you admire?
- If you were me, what changes would you make?
- What’s the biggest opportunity we’re missing out on?
3. Have a Stop Doing List
“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say “no” to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett
This correlates with number one. What will you stop doing to make time for growth?
(Hint: It’s usually the easy stuff – counting cash, wiping down tables, etc.)
4. Develop Your Organization System Now
– Morning Routine
– Projects List / Calendar / To-Do’s
5. Stay Healthy
Your health is your most important asset.
- Physical: Fitness, Food, Sleep
- Mental: Meditation, Stress Management
- Financial: Margin, Planning
- Growth: Curiosity, Learning