Bywater Consulting Group, LLC
Liz Bywater, PhD

January 2010

How Will You Grow in 2010?

Welcome to 2010. You made it. You navigated the waters of an incredibly challenging 2009 and, let's face it, a decade's worth of hardship and disappointment. The Decade from Hell, according to the editors of Time magazine.

So what do you do with that? Do you sit and ponder, mourn, angst about all that we've been through? To be sure, there's value in reviewing and reflecting upon what went wrong. As we've seen time and time again, if we fail to remember and learn from our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them. On the other hand, why not look ahead to the opportunities and possibilities that await in the coming year? Don't allow the gloom of recent days rob you of optimism about what is yet to come.

So, how will you ready yourself to leverage all that awaits in the new year? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Read a really good book. Choose an informative read on outstanding leadership, innovation, communication, customer service or executive presence. Pick up a classic work of fiction and immerse yourself in some great literature. Relax at the end of the day with a good mystery, some sci-fi or a bit of historical fiction. Whatever you choose, reading can relieve stress, broaden your perspective, increase your fund of knowledge and make you a far more interesting conversationalist.

Reflect upon what's going well. If you're like most of my clients, you're a high achiever and probably even a perfectionist. You have exceedingly high expectations of yourself and maintain a laser focus on what you must do better. While it might be counterintuitive, do take the time to figure out what you're doing well. Reflect upon your strengths. Get feedback from those who know you best. Give yourself credit and then leverage your talents to reach the next level.

Fill in the gaps. Are you lacking key skills or competencies required for success, either now or at the next step in your career? Do you need to refine your communication style with customers, peers, supervisors or direct reports? Can you be more effective through enhanced collaboration with key team members? Can you be more strategic? Must you develop and convey a compelling vision for 2010? The key is to identify 1, 2 or 3 key developmental goals and the resources you'll need to achieve them. Enlist some support and get moving.

Set priorities. Don't go into another year trying to tackle everything that lands on your desk. These days, everyone is being asked to do more with less. Here's where you'll have to get resourceful and highly strategic in your approach. What is urgent, what can wait? To whom can you delegate? With whom can you partner? Figure out where your priorities lie and decide how you'll approach them to achieve maximum success.

Be hopeful. Attitude really does count. Believe that 2010 will be a good year. Envision a year of rewards, successes and new opportunities. Then do what it takes to make your vision a reality.

Ask yourself this. How will you grow in 2010?

In the Press:

Work-Life Balance: Tips for Staying Focused and Productive. Corporate Facilities Newsletter. Winter 2009.

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