One tool that I believe has been instrumental in my development over the past 3-4 years is my own personal business plan. It's a tool that many of my clients would recognize along with students in my leadership course at Concordia University of Edmonton. Now I've had various versions of my personal mission, vision and values since my mid-twenties. At that time the prime catalyst for my leadership framework was Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". Since then my thoughts have been further shaped by work and life experiences and the writings of other authors such as Kouzes & Posner and Jim Collins. The frameworks that I have worked with have certainly evolved over time as have some of the key content of each plan. This evolution owes much to experience, maturity and more fully developed sense of self.
If one were to lay all of these frameworks and their contents side-by-side, as I have done from time to time, common elements would certainly stand out - mission, vision, values, objectives and even metrics. Over time I would say that my personal mission has certainly evolved (or become better understood by myself) while my vision of future success has significantly changed along with the strategies and metrics used to ascertain progress. The only thing that I can say with relative confidence - and satisfaction - is that my values have remained solid, anchored on such things as integrity, commitment, compassion and humility.
A key difference for me in the past several years is how effectively and consistently I have paid attention to my plan. I can literally say there is not a month - or sometimes even a week - when I am not coming back to my plan, evaluating progress towards objectives, re-evaluating strategies, all within the context of long-term goals. The results of the increasing specificity of my plan and the attention paid to its execution have been clear and evident - moving from half my previous annual salary in year one of my practice to nearly double that in the 5th full year of my practice. The focus afforded to me by working to my plan consistently has also meant the scope of my vision has consistently shifted year over year. The definition of impossible is getting challenged all the time.
The result of getting hit by this "bucket of cold water" - and having the humility to accept its lessons - is that I'm taking the next big step in my career. I'm embracing another order of change and being open to a new round of "impossible". I'm furthering my reinvention as a leadership development resource for established and aspiring leaders. As with all change like this I'm positive that it will be both exciting and nauseating!
While I can say that my mission, vision and values have been solidified and reinforced through this recent evaluative process, my strategies, objectives and even long-term goals have gone through sizable change. It is at this point that I believe it necessary to identify that, despite the relatively short gestation period for delivering this change, it has not been undertaken without extensive evaluation and self-talk. On the outside some might consider this another decisive initiative on my part yet the result masks a period of intense consideration of risks and benefits.
Greg Hadubiak, MHSA, FACHE, CEC, PCC
Executive Coach/Senior Consultant
Helping leaders realize their strengths and enabling organizations to achieve their potential through the application of my leadership experience and coaching skills. I act as a point of leverage for my clients. I AM their Force Multiplier.