What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is preparation. Over the last several weeks, it’s been a bit stressful in my life. I feel like I had not been performing at my best and there are lots of reasons for it, but at the end of the day, none of it matters because as leaders, our responsibility is to always do whatever we can to function at our very best, to support our teams, to support our mission, to support our own personal and professional growth.
How did I get Through this?
One, I was able to recognize that I was not performing at my best. The first step was recognition. The second step was forgiveness. I could have spent some time feeling bad about myself or emotionally punishing myself for not being at my very best but that wasn’t going to be productive for me, and I don’t think it’s going to be productive for anyone else.
What must I do? What must be true for me to be at my best moving forward?
That brings us to step number three, which is preparation. Preparation is the key for me. I have been doing a lot of traveling over the last two months, and I think where I’ve probably not done as well as I would like is in preparation for the upcoming week.
This past weekend, I spent a good amount of time thinking about critical conversations that I wanted to have and the way I wanted to have those conversations in order to drive growth. I spent a lot of time preparing and thinking about what these conversations, these meetings, and these one-on-ones were going to look like. As a result, I have had a great Monday so far, and Tuesday is getting started. I am really excited about the day.
I just want to share with you again, if you feel like you are not doing your best, recognize it, forgive yourself, and find a tool, a trick, a way to get past that information.
It was all about preparation because you know what? Winning happens way before anybody sees you in the victory. That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill.
What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today I’m coming to you from the beautiful National Harbor, south of Washington, DC, on the Potomac River, a really cool development. This place has grown incrementally. I’m sure they’ve had their challenges during covid, even post covid with all the things happening in the economy. Today’s topic of conversation is Incremental improvement.
Beautiful National Harbor
Slowly but surely, they just keep adding and growing to this really cool development. More restaurants, more shops, more commercial space, more residential space, it just continues to evolve and grow. It got me thinking a little bit about what’s going on in our practices here in the DC region around incremental growth and improvement.
12 months ago, Google, Apple, somebody changed their algorithm and it affected our digital marketing campaigns, and we struggled for a really long time trying to figure it out. Now, do we have it all? No. Have we made progress, incremental progress in figuring some of these things out, including things like SEO? the answer is yes, we have.
I often say that when you have challenges in your practices or your businesses, it’s either a people problem, a process problem, or a knowledge problem. knowing that, our processes were tight and our people are amazing, we just didn’t have the knowledge that we needed.
What do we do? We researched, we read, we watched videos, and we talked to many people, so-called experts, some of them experts, some of them not. We talked to these people to find out as much as we could to research, to learn in order to solve these issues. Slowly but surely incrementally we’ve made progress.
When dealing with challenges in your practice, I’m just going to encourage you to think about ways to incrementally grow, incrementally, learn research, apply, iterate, and if it works, great. If it doesn’t work, try again. Talk to more people and watch more videos. We live in the information age, and we are not in a shortage of knowledge.
Incremental improvement is what it’s all about. That’s this week’s two-minute drill, and I hope you guys have a great week.