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A New Year's Leadership Resolution: Clarify Values

Happy New Year…really!

At the start of any new year (or job, relationship or other commitment), many of us resolve to “really do better…do right…do our best…really!” It’s fun to consider the fresh start implied by the date “1/1/11.” It seems to suggest good beginnings.

Come to think of it, we can make a fresh start any time throughout the year. We simply need to put our attention to it.

This is my fifth post, the first of 2011. In previous posts (here and here), I pointed to the challenging context for your leadership. In another post, I highlighted an exceptional leader, Jean Baruch and her work in support of Beads of Courage. In the new year, I plan to offer insights, tools and encouragement for your valuable influence in the world.

For each of the leadership starts you make this year, my wish for you is to find a higher intention uninformed by situational ethics. Commit yourself to uplifting your sphere of influence. I’ll bet that the values and common sense you need reside within you right now.

If you’re interested in support or structure, focusing your team on core values throughout the year, get ahold of Stan Slap’s new book, Bury My Heart At Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers. Take a spin through Chapter 9, “How To Decide What’s Truly Most Important To You.” Slap’s guide to doing this important values clarification is superb. But make no mistake, there’s work involved here. The benefit is deeply illuminating and enormously empowering for you and your leadership …to do right …do your best…really!

Tell me what you experience.