I’ve been off this month (as much as you can be when you run your own business). I’ve been using the time to read, plan, think and reflect. I realised that a number of theories and principles have become more prominent in my recent design, delivery and consulting conversations. Also that previously disjointed ideas have started to come together. I’ve had a little bit of a revelation about making improvements: to myself, my business, my social life and my family.
As a management trainer, I’ve turned it into a model (which even conveniently follows the pattern ABCDE). This is quite a raw thing at the moment. It certainly isn’t scientifically tested or validated. I can’t quote source material or research (though I’m sure many of my peers could – Roger Longden, Sukhvinder Pabial and Tim Slack immediately come to mind). It’s simply my take on personal improvement, and I wanted to share it.
When I have more time to REALLY think this through, I’ll explore each of the five steps in more detail, but here’s an overview of what I think each stage is about. Bear in mind, this is still work-in-progress!
|AWARENESS||Before you can change or improve anything, you need to be aware of what’s currently happening and how you feel about it. Being honest with yourself is vital. Having the ability to pinpoint and exactly what is wrong or unsatisfactory is also very important. The more specific you can be, the easier the issue is to tackle.|
|BELIEF||You have to believe that you can bring about a change, however minor. Therefore you need to be realistic about what is within your control and what isn’t.|
|CHOICES||Understanding the choices available to you at the given time is critical. Some choices will be quickly dismissed, but being aware of them helps you to take a balanced view. Having an open mind, and continuous development/learning help you to identify more choices. The more choices you have the better.|
|DECISION||At some point, you need to make a decision about which choice to select. Good decisions take into account the impact on yourself and others. They also ‘feel’ right (if not easy) and have YOU as the central player i.e. they do not rely on someone else to make a change for you. Actively deciding NOT to do something is also a valid choice.|
|EXECUTION||Once a decision is made, it needs to be implemented. Big decisions can be put into practice one small step at a time, but making a start is vital. Publicly sharing your decision also helps you to view it as the new ‘reality’ and see it through.|
I’d love to hear your (constructive) views on this. And just in case there’s mileage in it…. it’s copyright of Keystone Development and Training Ltd 😉