A Happy New Year Strategy keeps your own professional development front and center throughout the year. Otherwise, it is too easy to be distracted by drama, disruptions and other people’s ideas of how you should spend your workday.
Happiness is easier said than done. How many business models and workforce structures holistically prioritize happiness as an essential element of their organizational success strategy?
Your happiness is solidly in your own hands. Isn’t it time to decide that your happiness (and professional sanity) are worth more than everyone else’s priorities? Because an interesting thing happens when you focus on prioritizing happiness: you redefine your own professional development trajectory. In terms of the projects, priorities and people which, at the end of each day, contribute to fulfilling your professional purpose.
However, most of us de-prioritize happiness. Or, at least, re-define it in terms of professional advancement and more pay. Our organizations equate professional happiness with levels of employee engagement in activities and initiatives which may have nothing to do with purposeful employee fulfillment. Then, business models keep throwing more bodies at improving the bottom line. Yet leaders remain unhappy. What’s up with all of that?
Developing, and implementing, a Happy New Year Strategy identifies 3 key areas which your daily activities must focus on.
First Focus Area:
Understand what, where, when, why and how your employer’s vision and mission either complement or grate against your own values, ethics and talents. In working with professionals like you, in organizations and associations like yours, I have seen how unaligned belief systems become soul-sucking to employees. Why remain unhappy and professionally (and perhaps personally) compromised by this workplace environment? Instead, give yourself permission to be happy and recalibrate your professional trajectory.
In my keynotes and workshops on workforce profitability for business growth, I tell the story of a regional VP of Sales who recruited me to move into a new territory, in a new state. My response: “I am giving myself permission to decline your offer. Continuing to work for Company X is morally, ethically and spiritually compromising. It always has been. Because the leadership, principles and goals of the organization conflict with my own.”
Second Focus Area:
Define how you embody your own values, ethics and talents every time to work with colleagues and clients. It is one thing to realize what you do not like about your current employer’s (and perhaps clients’?) values, ethics and talents. However, what are your own? Become happier by respecting – and living – your own values, ethics and talents.
My keynotes and workshops on storytelling for customer retention focus on purposeful, values-driven storytelling. There is a tremendous difference between repeating a business case compared to telling a compelling legend. Clients and association members prefer the latter to the former. Wouldn’t your clients be honored – and happy – to be invited to become part of something bigger than themselves?
Third Focus Area:
Appreciate your professional purpose. Purpose is the most elusive aspect of professional innovation. Because of bias, baggage and habits which equate success with titles, education and pay grade. My professional development keynotes and workshops give you permission to give yourself permission to liberate yourself from constricting, uncollaborative business models. Wear your purpose like a second skin, each day. Continuously catalyze happiness: yours, your colleagues’ and your clients’.
How would you respond to these three Happy New Year Strategy areas of focus? While you may think you know the answers now, I guarantee you will end up surprising yourself! All year long.
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Babette Ten Haken works with organizations and associations, like yours, who want to leverage collaborate business models and a profitable workforce to retain the customers and members you work so hard to win. Her One Millimeter Mindset™ programs focus on innovative strategies and tactics for business growth, workforce profitability and professional development. Babette is a member of SME, ASQ, SHRM and the National Speakers Association. Babette’s Playbook of collaboration hacks, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com. Her professional speaker profile appears on the espeakers platform.
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