This is a guest post by friend and mentor Bruce Rhoades
, who retired after having run several companies. He often helps me with strategy
. I am delighted that he is a regular contributor.
Questions to Shape The Year Ahead
It is that time of year when many people assess the past year and make plans for the next one. Businesses develop strategies and goals, individuals write resolutions and families plan vacations. Many individual plans involve possessions, places and events.
One of the most important, but perhaps difficult, topics to assess is personal improvement. If you are happy with yourself and your current situation, everything else will seem better. Since it is sometimes more difficult to “see yourself” and develop actions for self-improvement, here is a list of questions to help identify some candidate areas for improvement.
The list covers many topics to generate ideas. I suggest that you simply read the list, make lots of notes as you go and not try to develop or prioritize actions until later. Suggestions for next steps are discussed at the end.
Questions to Ask Yourself
Learning and Growing
What new skills would I like to develop for work or for personal satisfaction?
Am I listening to different perspectives and diverse viewpoints?
What should I read to expand my horizons?
What new challenges should I undertake?
Do I have a role model to observe?
What am I thankful for?
Do I tell those I love that I love them?
What are my opportunities to tell others what I appreciate about them?
Do I celebrate the success and happiness of others?
How often do I praise or compliment others?
Am I satisfied with my relationships? Kids? Colleagues? Family?
How can I be a better partner — one that I would like to have?
Are the boundaries I have set with others the right ones?
Where should I be a more positive influence?
Are the people that demand my time the ones who I really want to use my time?
Are there relationships that I need to repair or let go?
Which relationships do I want to grow?
Do I feel and express appropriate emotion?
How and where can I be less controlling or bossy?
How can I improve my attentiveness and listening?
How do I want to be remembered?
What culture do I want to create for work, family and friends?
What kind of role model am I? What attributes do I want others to emulate?
How can I bring out the best in others? At work? With family? With friends?
Are my actions consistent with my talk?
What opportunities do I have to make a difference in someone’s life?
How can I help others to grow? Who?
How can I be a better team member?
What are my opportunities to teach?