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Are You STILL Insane?

Quick Quiz

What’s the definition of insanity?

Doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome – right?

Well, it’s about that time of year againwhen most of us unknowingly opt for the path of the insane… the ritual of making a few last-minute resolutions.

We commit to getting in shape, losing weight, spending less time at work, making more money– whatever— we all have variations of the same list.

The problem is, most of us fail to achieve our resolutions and simply repeat the process the following year.

Let’s test your level of insanity (takes less than 5 minutes):

  1. Divide a single sheet of paper into four boxes.
  2. Above the top left box, write “2016” and above the top right box, write “2006”
  3. In the top left box write down THREE things that are going your way today.
  4. In the bottom left box note THREE things with which you are not experiencing the success you’d hoped for this year (issues, habits, goals, etc.).
  5. Now repeat steps 3 & 4 for the “2006” column on the right – based on your recollection of what was going well in 2006 (top right box) and what wasn’t going so well (bottom right box).

The greater the similarity, the greater the insanity!!

How are you trending?

Are you riding off to new horizons or hangin’ with old ghosts and demons?

We tried this back in 2011 and readers consistently self-reported high-levels of insanity… how about you?

For me, I’m going to lose 10 pounds in 2017, which is totally different from 2006. Because back then, I only needed to lose 5 pounds. 😉

As always, I invite you to share your thoughts with me directly at jeff@jeffkaplan.com.


Now What?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the privilege to conduct as series of interviews with four amazing leaders. One woman and three men, each the senior-most executives of their respective organizations, offered honest appraisals of their lives, careers and the businesses they’ve built. Although the organizations they lead differ by industry, geography and size, they shared one common concern:

What made us successful in the past,
Will not make us successful in the future.

Now, what?

Across the board, these leaders saw the level of product and service value that once drove the economic engines of their organizations, steadily and irreversibly decline; resulting in everything from a reimagining of their product and service offerings, to increased reliance on inorganic growth and in one case, an exodus of the industry they’d served for a generation.

As I write this, my desk is overflowing with interview transcripts, the margins of each page filled with a scrawl of handwritten notes and questions. From those pages it has become abundantly clear that there is a new leadership challenge emerging; a concept that defies tradition, embraces the deeply human elements of business activity and holds the promise of great opportunity for those willing to embrace it.

The new leadership challenge seeks to answer the question, Now What?

Tomorrow’s leaders must be capable of sensing, absorbing and transforming oncoming change in a way that creates competitive advantage for the organization.

Bold vision and practical and tactical ideas, big and small, are fast becoming the currency of organizational and career success. The leaders I’ve interviewed agree: venturing into an uncertain future will require more leaders than ever before; but individuals hoping to fill these roles will be largely responsible for their own leadership development, which means doing the hard work of defining who you are, what you value and what you are capable of accomplishing.

In short, before your ideas will be considered, before you can effectively lead others, you must demonstrate both an understanding and control of yourself.

Next week, we’ll examine what you can do to prepare yourself to take advantage of these new leadership opportunities and springboard your career to the next level.

Until then, I’m reaching out to you to see what you think is important for leaders to consider and what skills you feel will be critical in the next generation of business leadership. As always, I welcome your comments at: jeff@jeffkaplan.com.