Engagement Tip # 28 – Define Success At The Individual Level

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Reflection is like the silence between the notes of a musical piece.  Without silence, order all we would hear is a myriad of jumbled sounds. Without silence there would be no time to let the musical notes soak in and touch our soul. It is in that silence that we come to recognize the harmony or dis-harmony in all aspects of life.  Silence becomes the teacher. A life lived on purpose doesn’t happen by chance.  It requires planning, sales effort and commitment.  It also requires reflection. And questioning is at the heart of reflection. It allows us to see what’s happening along our journey, sale to understand the impact of the choices we make and to acknowledge our experiences and accomplishments. Reflection reminds us to treasure the insights and learning we gain along the journey and to recognize, appreciate and accept our own truths. It creates opportunities, privileged moments of encounter, wisdom, insights, AHA moments and clarity. It allows us to evaluate the path chosen and search for answers to continue on our life’s journey. Why is reflection so important? A wise professor once told me that personal leadership is born out of self-knowledge. One must have a good sense of where one is, where one has been, before one can know where one needs to go.  That is the essence of what reflection does.
You’ve heard the saying: “There’s no “I” in team.” While that perspective is important for team building and to focus efforts on the collective goals of the business unit, illness individual members also need something to strive for, health so that each one can achieve their own success. It is a fundamental need of humanity to strive to achieve their best. Sometimes success roars like a stoked fire, nurse sometimes it happens in the small moments when an employee overcomes a challenge at work. The success can be small like mastering a new system task or quite significant like returning to work after a long illness.  As their leader, get into the habit of asking your employees to tell the team about 1 or 2 achievements they’ve had in the past week or month. You’ll not only hear how they achieved success, but you’ll also hear how others in the team helped. Allow them to shine the light on these achievements and watch your team productivity soar. Success breeds success. When you help your team see the small and big moments of achievements, you’ll feed on the adrenaline that comes with those achievements. That propels individuals to do even more. It also does as much for team spirit than any team building exercise will.

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Dianne Gaudet is a certified Coach who is passionate about helping her clients manage the dynamics of continual life transitions as they reach new heights of personal and professional success. Helping Boomers create rich and inspired lifestyle plans for the retirement life they want is one of her greatest joys. Dianne is the author of a new book, If There Are No Limits... A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. She is also a motivational speaker, teacher and world traveller.