I reflect on my accomplishments for
the past year, one of
the big themes I will remember is that 2006 was the year I moved, but
2007 is the year I moved on. I'm so thankful that I was able to let go
of disingenuous people and free up space in my life for the ones who
add joy, humor, creativity and fun.
There was a lot of talk this year about The Secret and the
power of intention. Once you realize you have the power within you to
attract the kinds of people, relationships, qualities, attitudes and
situations you want, you can begin focusing on the positive options in
front of you at every juncture. By cutting out the copycats and
imposters around me, I created the time, space and energy to focus on
the innovators and big thinkers. This, in turn, helped me build more
opportunities and work in a better ecosystem to pursue my dreams.
Entrepreneurs need to be careful and
specific in what they
wish for. Hitting a certain revenue goal can be attainable but
achieving that milestone with colleagues of questionable ethics isn't
worth it. When people around you don't think the rules apply to them,
it's time to find a different sandbox to play in.
Great leaders don't create followers, but
instead develop other leaders who inspire greatness in those around
them. This year, I started paying attention to those who lead and
inspire versus those who merely execute well. I appreciate working with
people who give more than they take, don't keep score, laugh every day,
and leave a little something extra in every encounter.
Both personally and professionally, I was
fortunate to work with true craftsmen--people who are passionate about
what they do. I look for those qualities in all aspects of my
life--from the roofer and his son who put new shingles on our home, to
the carpentry crew who found the perfect paint colors and the gardening
team who created an enchanted forest full of color and life in our
yard. Each of these trades people are passionate about their gifts and
show pride in their work.
So when I see a media person going
through the motions of writing a press release without any heart in
their words, I know it's time to let go and move on. Clients can tell
the difference between someone who delivers versus a professional who
really cares. Being technically competent is expected, but it's not
enough today. When you find professionals who show they care about what
they do, hold onto them like gold. Let the others go quickly; life is
too short for mediocre or disingenuous people.
Previously, I focused on the economics
and figured if we could make some money together, I would overlook the
fact that our core values were not compatible. I realized things like
integrity and values matter a lot more than money to me. Working with
people who try to skirt the rules to make a few extra bucks can sully
your reputation by association.
So in this season of giving thanks,
remember those who have helped you and added positive momentum in your
life. I’m not a big fan of secrets or New Year resolutions,
but here are a few thoughts to help you get 2008 off to a positive
days of wasting time looking for important papers or rummaging through
storage are over. Attain the peace of mind that comes with knowing you
can find the things you need when you need them and you've taken care
of the people you care most about. When things are chaotic at the
office or home, it's hard to think clearly and be of much value in
takes a small army to accomplish many worthwhile things in life. Make
sure to pause and reflect on how you were able to achieve those goals
and thank those along the way who assisted in your success. This year,
I had the opportunity to thank someone publicly who was a great role
model to me as a teenager. I could only focus on one of the many people
who have helped me along the way, but it meant a lot to me for her to
realize the positive influence she has had on my life. When
celebrities, politicians or CEOs hog the limelight without mentioning
others who have contributed to their success, it signals to me they are
insecure. Often, the key link is behind the scenes and deserves credit
for making things happen.
lot of people and companies talk about clarity, but few do it well.
When you've been spending more time and energy managing your high
maintenance colleagues than the customers you are serving, it's time to
get a new team. These are the ones whose egos need to be constantly
stroked and have to dominate every conversation. It's amazing how much
more productive and fun the work environment can be when they're gone.
Set clear priorities.
and business are about choices. With an abundance of information
available today, having unclear priorities can drive you crazy. Set
deadlines, make the best decision and move on. Whether you have a day,
week or month to complete a project, a time constraint can help you
prioritize what factors can influence a decision. Stop stressing about
all the things on your to-do list and focus on the ones that really
matter. Once you set your goals, you'll find that less really is
more--more fulfilling and more rewarding.
Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron's record this year, sometimes it seems
as if the folks who cut corners get ahead. But people of character and
integrity won't have an asterisk next to their names in the history
books. No footnotes are necessary to explain Aaron's incredible
achievements and record. Bonds would have been considered a great ball
player without skirting the system.
yourself a gift this holiday season and focus on the essential people
in your life who share your values and vision for the future. I believe
a lot will be accomplished in the new year by the people achieving
their dreams, while the others are fighting over who gets to take
credit for all the great acts of kindness being created every day. You
have the power within you to make good things happen. Enjoy and happy
Arnof-Fenn | December 28, 2007
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