At the end of every year, I do a personal and professional step-back. Part of this process is hardwired, as I routinely do an “annual review” with clients and have led a half-day reflection retreat every December for the past five years. In order to prepare and to do those activities with integrity, I evaluate my own life and business as well.
From a business perspective, part of this process is identifying themes that have popped up again and again with clients. These, in turn, help me to see shifts in the workplace and how they are impacting the lives of executives. The topics then represent areas of additional research and teaching so I can best serve my clients.
For 2014, client engagements touched on a wide variety of topics, but three top themes appeared again and again:
1) Executive Presence
2) Time Management and Dealing with Overwhelm/Overload
3) Emotional Agility
In the coming weeks, I will address each of these areas, sharing resources that my clients found helpful as they made progress in these arenas. My hope is that this series will be helpful to you as you do your own “step back” and development planning this year.