Every year, from September to December, the United Nations General Assembly comes together. This time, amid skepticism from his counterparts, POTUS addressed the elite crowd in New York City—calling for global action.
One of the significant points in his discourse came from this line: …as the United States seeks to rally the world to action, we will lead not just with the example of our power, but God willing, with the power of our example.
No matter what your personal thoughts and opinions might be regarding current events in our country or abroad, that statement rings true in just about every setting—business included.
Furthermore, not just international leaders and business people, but everyone has arrived at a juncture with little to no time for meeting or exceeding their goals. Rather than prance around and just show swagger, the time is upon us to lead with the power of [our] example and finish the year strong. #gotime
Recently, our President and CEO shared a couple of personal growth presentations. One of the most impactful for me came from Kevin “KC” Carroll (kckatalyst.com). In his Courage & Curiosity talk from The Power of Positive Summit, Kevin said, “Courage is shown in acts, not in words. Be about it, not just talk about it.” A lot of us have heard this message before, although a little different: you can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?
Like you, I’m not often cognizant of the fact that I lead my large and ever-growing family, not just with the things I say but more importantly, with courageous action to manage and rise above the challenges we face.
Given that I am not a business leader, I made the commitment to continue to lead from my personal sphere and do whatever is necessary to finish the year strong.
While I have some things in the works, I can publicly share one. I joined a Zumba® class (moving in my swivel chair). I have always loved dance but these days have found myself a bit like some of the U.N. dignitaries—rigid and rusty. 🙊 (no disrespect meant)
Life is a dance,
You waltz or you Rumba,
Cha-Cha or Salsa,
But whatever you do,
Make sure you know the steps
Even if you have to make up your own.
~ Michelle Geaney
In telling my bestie that I have not reached one of the top personal goals in my 2021 list, she didn’t say a thing, yet sent me a video after our meetup. It was all the motivation I needed to push through. Click here if you’d like to watch it!
How do you intend to accomplish your pending tasks and goals?
How will you lead with the power of your example
in this last quarter of the year?
While you’re thinking about it—side step with me into the business room where we have curated five tips from a few experts and added a bit of perspective to the mix.
After Action Review
Have you done an After Action Review or AAR? This strategy which analyzes (1) what happened, (2) how to do better, and (3) why it happened, is used by many successful leaders in the fourth quarter of the year. It was first developed by the U.S. Army and others have added to it. I wonder if heads of state use it or something similar—but here it is—give it a look over.
The Justice Clearinghouse website uploaded a transcript of a presentation led by a retired Army serviceman whom they simply called, Rob. The veteran, who retired in 2009 after 21 years of service, is teaching leadership to LEOs and others in the Department of Defense.
The AAR focuses on individual, leadership, and unit performance. If you don’t conduct AARs after each event, you are rolling the dice with each mission thereafter.
The goal—apply lessons learned to future training and operations.
The AAR is:
The AAR is not:
By year’s end, even experienced goal setters can easily begin the zoom in/zoom out motion, but instead of capturing the shot, they end up missing their window altogether.
Furthermore, sensitive and/or servant leaders sometimes get tugged at by their business pants by others who (unintentionally) distract them from reaching the original goals they set. Stephanie Kirby wrote this simple but salient tip in SPEARityTM.
…once the fourth quarter rolls around…it’s time to narrow my focus onto the things that are going to make the biggest impact on my life and business, if I accomplish them. [emphasis added]
Remember that when everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. The decisions you made earlier in the year weren’t made on a whim but based on objective conclusions and determinations. Zoom in for your year-end best!
Does a team have to score a touchdown to win? Football for Dummies says no! A team can also score with two-point conversions, field goals, extra points, and safeties. Sure, touchdowns are ultimate but you can still win without them.
Now that we’re down to the last quarter, professionals are reviewing, revising and/or setting new goals for 2022. Experts like Hunter Meine, who recently wrote a business article for Calendar, suggest that you set one additional goal right before the holidays.
…use this time to set a new goal that’s attainable by New Year’s Day. Then, even if you fell short of the mark you hoped to reach at the beginning of 2021, you’ll be able to conclude the year with a win. [emphasis added]
When push comes to shove we all want to win, so setting an additional goal in the last quarter of the year can be the right, or timely motivation we need to do everything in our power to make it happen. Don’t be so hard on yourself for not meeting all of the goals you set this year. Checking off one goal is better than none! 📋✔️
Green Means Go!
You know that moment when you’re stuck behind a vehicle at a green light? One thing is to be stuck in personal inaction spinning your wheels; another is when in trying to accomplish our objectives we get boxed in because others slowed down or altogether stopped. Lolly Daskal, President & CEO of Lead from Within, has this success tidbit.
We rely on others for many things, but relying on others to make you successful is a complete waste of time. … Even when we benefit from the good will of others, the action—and the achievement—has to start with us.
Uh-huh, it’s their prerogative to stop for themselves. Yet, because both your delivery window and your destination are different from theirs, you ought to keep moving! Just wait for the chance and simply pass them along. You have places to go, things to do, and people to see! #gogogo
On or off camera, on or off the field, everyone can lead from their public or private sphere.
Most people, even those who don’t know it, are already influencers for change; in positive or negative ways. There is a call to action or a rally cry in front of us—all of us.
May we be motivated and encouraged to finish strong as we remain mindful of the many eyes and ears that are always upon us; either of the littlest would-be leaders, or of those total strangers who regularly pass us by. God willing, yes, we will be able to lead [them] with the power of our example.
We leave you with a fun dance video, as well as a couple of compelling videos of influencers who simply lead from various stages and spheres of life. Enjoy!