Can you anticipate the needs of others before they even ask you for something?
How well can you predict what's going to happen in your industry over the next five
years? Your answer to these questions indicate how well you're thinking like a
leader, which can significantly impact your career advancement. In my book
Invaluable, I explored how to help individuals increase the value of their time and
quality of work life. In other words, how to become invaluable. This course, thinking
like a Leader, is part of five course series on helping you become invaluable and get
the most from your career.
In my coaching I refer to thinking like a leader as the invaluable factor of
savvy. Savvy is about understanding your company, your market, and your
customers. This understanding is a powerful tool because it can give you the
foresight to have excellent timing. As an individual, you have little control over the
forces that shape your company or the market as a whole. There's not much you can
do to change what people are demanding from you. However, you can understand
their needs and wants to the point where you have impeccable timing.
You'll often be able to predict their needs before they ask. Imagine an Olympic
swimmer. It's taken years of hard work, dedication, and coaching to turn his body
into a finely-tuned machine. He knows how to make the turns, how to breathe
properly, and how to move through the water to get the maximum speed. He's ready
for this moment. He lines up on the starting block and waits. The gun fires, and while
his competitors jump in the water, he's still standing on the starting block.
It's this anticipation and the timing, or lack thereof that indicates your ability to think
like a leader. Many people wait to be told what to do in their job. While you certainly
want to respond to requests from your co-workers and your customers, doing so
doesn't make you invaluable. That's just what's expected. If, however, you can
anticipate people's needs and fill them at just the right moment that demonstrates
leadership. In this course I'll give you tools that will help you better understand your
company, the market, and your customers.
As you use these tools on a consistent basis, you’ll begin to develop impeccable
timing. And when you can do that, you'll be thinking like a leader.
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