“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.’I don’t know,’ Alice answered.‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Success is something most of us would like to achieve – in everything we do! But the road to success is not an easy path to follow. It is full of twists and turns, potholes and ruts, false signs and impediments. Decisions have to be made all along that road and the decisions we make are up to us.We are responsible for the decisions we make -100 % of the decisions – 100% of the time.It is up to us!
We must learn from the mistakes we make, and carry on. The road is passable! Conventional wisdom indicates that the road to success involves a vision, a plan and action. Dr. Robert Schuller has said, that “If you can conceive it in your brain, and believe it in your heart, then you can achieve it.” Inscape Publishing Company, in their Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders’ assessment, uses a framework of Vision, Alignment and Execution to help in understanding leadership behaviors, and how they impact effectiveness.
All three of these alternatives are similar. Certainly you have to start with a vision – an idea of where you want to go. Each of us has been given gifts by our creator, and it is up to us to utilize them in whatever way we choose. So our vision, or goal, should reflect the utilization of these gifts. It starts with us! We must understand our strengths and our weaknesses, so that we can capitalize on our strengths. Then it willbe easier to understand the strengths and weaknesses of others. This can help in enlisting their support.
The next stage is planning or alignment. Once we know where we are going, we need to clarify our goals, obtain other people’s perspectives, and be receptive to new ideas. We also need to be passionate about achieving our vision, and to express that passion. Passion is contagious and helps to inspire and motivate your team.
The third stage is execution or action. This stage is particularly important because it encourages the development of concrete strategies, and makes the vision achievable. Your team needs to know what is expected of them, and a plan or structure helps to produce predictable and reliable outcomes. Progress towards your vision gives your team a sense of achievement. But in order for progress to occur, you as the leader, must provide both positive and critical feedback. Feedback helps people know how they are performing, and recognizing each contribution, encourages ownership and engagement.
Jamie Ford in his prize winning historical novel, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,”summed it up by saying “The hardest choices in life are not between what’s right and what’s wrong, but between what’s right and what ‘s best”
In our struggle to attain our vision, we must be mindful that it is we who must make the “best” choices, and to the extent that we do, we will reap the rewards. But always remember that it is our choices, and if they are not appropriate, don’t play the “Blame Game”. Acknowledge the failures, and learn from them, so that the next time you will win the prize and reap the appropriate rewards to share with your team.
For further information, Inscape Publishing’s Work of Leaders’ assessment helps leaders take action, with personalized tips and strategies that give clear direction, and are easy to apply. To learn more, please visit our website at http://www.DiscAndMore.com
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