Updated: Feb 24, 2019
Whether your New Year’s resolutions are already on life support – or you didn’t set them at all – resolutions can be used as great tools for creating or updating your professional development goals. All it takes is looking at them from a fresh, work-related perspective.
Try out these five popular, but often broken, resolutions to up your goal game individually or in conversations with your team/direct reports:
1. Get in Shape: What process waste or inefficiencies can you identify and work to “tighten up” this year? Rather than complaining about it for another year, who can help you explore, present and even pilot potential solutions?
2. Travel More: What new areas can you venture into at work…with or without physical travel? Try shadowing others, inviting team members in other locations to virtual lunches or coffee (aka “grab a bite and a Skype®”), or participating in “crossovers” – joining the team meetings of a partner group to understand their work even better.
Look at resolutions from a fresh, work-related perspective.
3. Spend Less / Save More: Before people start heading off to external conferences or training events again, what expertise can you offer “for free”? Hone your leadership, communications and presentation skills by becoming a mentor. Or, on a broader scale, inform your HR, Talent or Communications team of your expertise so they can call upon you for brown bags, corporate video series, or as a presenter for internal training and development programs.
4. Spend More Time with Family & Friends: Who on your team should you get to know better? With whom have you not yet “cliqued”? Which peer(s) can you shadow or ask for help so you can observe their approach to the job, especially if their personality, background or expertise differs from yours?
5. Learn Something New / Take Up a Hobby / Volunteer: Although these are often about personal endeavors, you can make professional gains by recognizing and harnessing the competencies you’ll develop. For example:
Learn Something New: Taking what you’ve learned, seeing the broader meaning, and applying those learnings successfully in new situations is at the heart of “learning agility,” a competency of increasing important in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment.
New Hobby: Mastering a new hobby can foster a boost in confidence that translates into stronger professional presence and influencing skills.
Volunteering: Don’t overlook the potential growth in leadership, communications, collaboration, project management and problem-solving skills, to name a few.
The possibilities are as endless as New Year’s resolutions themselves. And remember, similar to resolutions, be sure to increase your chances of success by enlisting your manager, a team member, mentor or coach for accountability, encouragement and support.
About the Author: For over 20 years, Marcelle has honed her craft as certified leadership coach and experiential development strategist within diverse Fortune 100 companies and the defense industry, coaching and advising everyone from C-Suite executives and leadership teams, to front-line managers and new hires. She’s masterful at enhancing existing talent development processes by infusing “job mixology” -- the ideal blend of job-related experiences, certified coaching and creative strategies needed to fuel lasting results from your development efforts. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.