On any large journey, life included, it pays to take stock of your assets, strengths and weaknesses.
Taking the time to create awareness of your strengths is important. Especially so for leaders and entrepreneurs.
I thought I knew my strengths. I had forgotten some strengths. I had created a narrative in my self-talk that was dismissive, I even pegged some strengths as weaknesses.
I used the following 5 tools to get a little more clarity around my strengths. I hope you may find them useful too.
Leveraging some questions from INC mag, I conducted an initial audit of my core values and things that came to me with little reflection…
Right, here it is, the future of business. Forget mobile first, app development, AI and optimising for the ‘Stories” algorithm. I’m certain that a T-shirt first strategy is best. All these other strategies are ploys, tactical positioning on a current issue or trend.
Your T-Shirt needs to be your focus.
If you can’t summarise the direction and “Why” of a company on a tee, it’s not succinct or clear enough.
If you’re ‘the Uber of X’ or ‘the new Facebook, but good with data’ do you put your logo or the Uber logo or Facebook on your tee?
If you already have investors looking for comparisons, not imagining the blue skies you could have cut, will you loose them. …
What’s my one tip as a coach?
Do this weekly. Heck daily - if you're brave enough. Challenge your team to do regular retrospectives.
The biggest #GROWTHHACK I can think of is consistent and regular review of:
- What worked?
- What didn't?
- What are we going to change?
The best organisations have mastered this rapid iteration and constant velocity of improvement. Taking cues from Ray Dalio's Principles - the top 1% document their change decisions so that even the way they learn (and make decisions) evolves.
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