What does success look like?

What does success look like?

We often use this question in business when embarking on large projects. The answer to this question will keep the project and team members aligned.

We also need to ask this question when we start personal projects. Whether it’s a job search, committing to getting healthy, or taking a vacation!

Last year my husband and I started talking about living a more nomadic life; we wanted to travel more often. I immediately had fantasies of visiting National Parks, hiking frequently, and seeing family and friends. He wanted to see family and friends, and visit new cities. I imagined we’d travel fast; he pictured us going slower. We still are continuing the adventure and adapting along the way.  Asking “what does success look like?” has helped us stay on the same page and commit to progressing closer to that answer.  There are other ways to ask this question like, “what do we want out of this trip?” “why are we doing this?”. And when we get into planning, “what are the big things we want to do?”  Whether it’s seeing the eclipse in August, attending important family events, or being somewhere when the weather is just right; simplifying our goals has kept us committed.

It’s important to not only ask this question at the start of a project but to revisit it along the way. Was the original success/goal too small or too large? Have we achieved that goal and want to evolve it to a bigger goal?

Finally, when you have that clear goal, you can celebrate the little victories you’ve achieved on the way to reaching that goal. And continued your focused efforts to success!

It’s great being married and having a travel buddy; we hold each other accountable to our goals.  Being in a job search or having a personal challenge, you will need to your find your accountability partner; maybe that accountability partner is a coach.  Reach out to me and tell me “What does success look like?” for your life in the next year!  I’ll help you reach your goal!

Who is your other?

“When you get the power of the other on your side, you can surpass whatever limit you are currently experiencing or will ever experience in the future.”  – Dr. Henry Cloud, The Power of the Other

We have all experienced it.  We make a goal for ourselves, keep it to ourselves, forget about it, don’t act on it, and then…we don’t achieve it.  However, when we share our goal with others, we have an accountability partner.  Someone to check in and see how we’re doing.  By committing to someone that we were going to move towards our goal, we actually do move towards our goal!

Even if you know what you need to do to move towards your goal, having a coach or accountability partner will get you there faster.  Want to learn more about the power of the other and what it’s like to have a coach, connect with me!

I want you to success!

Early on in my career, I hit that first rut; I wasn’t excited to go to work and I didn’t know what was next.  I had a conversation with my then manager, Steve Smith, and he asked me what I needed.  I responded, I need you to appreciate me and want me to succeed.

After the conversation, Steve would often tell me, “I appreciate you and want you to succeed.”  Then one day I came into the office and saw this note on my desk, “I appreciate you and want you to success!”  It made me feel heard and made me laugh.  My manager, with his journalism degree, made this basic grammar mistake.  I kept it, thinking It would be great to have so I could make fun of him.

However, 10 years later, I learned the real lesson.  The responsibility of a people manager to is lead people, to get them to achieve beyond their skills and abilities, and help them grow.  I have since framed the note as motivation for me to be the best manager I can be.


MisTips: Research! by Jennifer Howell, Recruiter at L2TMedia

MisTips is an interview series that shares one common Mistake with three Tips to avoid it! First in the series, is Jennifer Howell, Recruiter at L2TMedia.  Jennifer is an experienced Recruiter and HR Specialist with a people-first approach.  She has a relentless dedication to fostering a thriving office culture, building the connective tissue between departments, and keeping the machine running smoothly.  Jennifer and I worked together in 2014.  I saw first hand, Jennifer’s passion and commitment to leading an office.  Now, I’ll turn it over to Jennifer…

A mistake I see is that applicants have not done their research. It’s basic stuff. I understand that people apply to 50 places in the hope that perhaps 3 call back. But being selective can only benefit you. Apply to companies that interest you. For example, my company’s clients are in the automotive space and we provide digital marketing solutions. If you make it to a screening with me, your experience got you there. Have an interest in the business. SHOW ME that you are interested and give me examples.

Jennifer Tips:

1. BE YOU. Do not present what you think I want you to be. Be who you are 40 hours a week. Give me who you are. Your personality is going to determine fit. It’s so much easier to be you than be a version of yourself that you don’t believe in. We can teach hard skills but soft skills are harder to teach. Show me your soft skills in the screening.

2. Apply to companies or within an industry that you have a passion. I will be FAR more impressed with someone who wants to be part of my industry. That passion brings career-pathing.

3. Ask questions. Before a screening, review the company website, have the job description in front of you. Call back to it in the screening. Have questions prepared that are deeper than “tell me about the culture”. Be specific in your questions. If work/life balance is important, ASK ME ABOUT IT. Ultimately, it’s a candidate’s market right now. Use that to your advantage.

Be picky. Be confident. BE YOU.”

Learn more about Jennifer Howell on her LinkedIn profile.

To begin this journey, I hired a coach…

I have always loved the art of coaching.  I have had a number of very valuable coaches that have transformed my career, mostly my previous managers.  Then, last year, I knew I needed to make a tough decision.  I had a job that I loved in Chicago and a man that I loved in Denver.  Commuting back and forth was getting exhausting and I wasn’t able to give my best in my relationship or at my job.

Then I saw on LinkedIn one of my connections was a Coach.  I reached out, we had a quick intro call and I was in.  This was the first time in my career/life that I invested in an outside unbiased guide to help me in my decision-making process.  It was awesome.  Our conversations were thought-provoking and well guided.  And after a few months, I made my next life and career decision.  I am confident in the decision I had made and ready for the next stage in my life and my career.  Here we go!