Welcome to 2012, the chinese year of the Dragon! I'm back on deck today after my usual month off over the Christmas period and I've got to admit that it's not easy to be at my desk when it's a perfect sunny day and the Australian Open tennis is on!
At this time of year many of us focus on our new year's resolutions, setting or revisiting our SMART goals and planning the year ahead. We all know how important goal setting is but do you find that sometimes the process gets a bit too cumbersome?
Our strategic partner and January's guest blogger, Ben Renshaw has a simple but powerful approach. In our Real Leadership masterclass in Melbourne in December Ben asked us to quietly reflect and come up with one word to guide and focus our attention in the year ahead. Growth, relationships, family, happiness were some of themes expressed. Now back in London, Ben shares his focus themes with us in the blog below.
Ben Renshaw - Going for Gold in 2012
"I’ve just returned from six weeks down under in Australia and New Zealand. As my wife Veronica is from Auckland it has become an annual ritual, which I can’t live without! It gives me the time and space to recover from the year that’s been, and to set myself up for the year to come. One of the highlights on this trip was reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – the exclusive biography. A gripping story which I couldn’t put it down (tough when you’ve got 3 kids!). Filled with countless pearls of wisdom, one of the points made which really rung true was the following:
One of Job's great strengths was knowing how to focus. "Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do," he said. "That's true for companies, and it's true for products."
I love this idea of focus as each year I decide on a theme, which becomes my guiding mantra over the days and weeks to come. 2011 was about freedom as I set out on my own personal inquiry to deepen my understanding and experience of such an illusive quest. I have decided that 2012 is all about enjoyment. In the year of our London Olympics I am going to challenge myself to make this year my best year yet and to enjoy everything I do, all of the time - a big stretch."
What will be your winning focus for this year? Let us know!
Posted: Monday 23 January 2012