Many of us make personal New Year resolutions such as eating healthy, losing weight, and spending more time with family. However, it is also important to consider our business and professional goals. Dinte Executive Search offers a few suggestions:
Develop targeted relationships: Many executives have hundreds or even thousands of connections on LinkedIn. In 2013, take some time to indentify 20 to 30 leaders who could best help your business. Make it a priority to regularly connect with these leaders face to face or online. Schedule meetings, follow their social media activity, or stay current with their company’s news. Understanding their needs and their company’s needs can help you offer targeted solutions.
Join the conversation online: While it is important to connect face to face, connecting online can allow you to connect with more people, more often. As companies continue to expand into global markets, maximizing e-mail, social media, or your company intranet can help leaders stay connected with employees and clients no matter where they are. Commenting on related blogs or LinkedIn discussions can also help establish relationships with industry leaders across the globe.
Develop the future leaders of your company: “[Leadership] is associated with taking an organization into the future. [It] is about vision, about people buying in, about empowerment and, most of all, about producing useful change,” explains a recent Harvard Business Review article, Management is (Still) Not Leadership. In 2013, get to know some of your top employees and offer guidance and advice. This will encourage them to become more involved, better understand your business, provide their perspective, and ultimately help drive the business into the future.
Learn something new: Is there an industry or even an area of your own business that you’d like to learn more about? Is there a company who’s marketing, global expansion, or human capital strategy you admire? Or maybe you’ve wanted to hear how other executives use social media. In 2013, make it a priority to attend 2 or 3 conferences, regularly read a new blog, or join related discussions on LinkedIn. Learning something new will surprise you. You will have a new perspective on the topic and perspectives on areas that could transform your business.
What are your professional New Year resolutions?