Don’t you just love those trite little management speak phrases that make you think of Slough’s very own David Brent. “there’s no "I" in team”, “to assume makes an ass of u and me”, “the bigger picture” and of course the one in the title of this month’s blog.
As irritating as these little phrases can be the planning issue is one that really hits home. If you don’t take the time to regularly assess your situation – both personally and professionally you run the risk of cruise controlling your way to retirement. That would be if you weren’t suddenly shaken from your apathy by a change in circumstance.
How many have discovered their entrepreneurial gene but only once they’ve faced redundancy and a lack of alternative employment? Harsh? Perhaps, but it’s a fact and for some it works out, for many others it can prove a costly life experience.
Whatever the current position, business owner, director, manager or employee you owe it to yourself to take stock. Ask a few searching questions of yourself.
• Am I happy?
• Is this where I saw myself when I left school, college, university or the last job?
• What are my strengths and how can I make the most of them?
• What are my weaknesses and how can I minimize their impact?
You may think that at the present time it would be crazy to make a radical career or business change but recessions have been the breeding ground of many a success. Adversity and a re-focus on what’s truly important can have a “life changing” impact.
I would advocate taking time out at least once a quarter during the year to assess the situation and if a mental roadblock prevents progress consider the option of an experienced mentor or coach.
Being able to put matters into perspective is as important now as it’s ever been. We’re under increasing pressure with diminished resources so some “me” time should be scheduled to help prepare for what we all hope will be a far more positive and productive new year.
Just before I disappear to “find myself” may I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2012.
Robert Gibson – Samuel Phillips Law Firm
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