When you have a conversation with another person, you should be there, prepared to be nowhere else. Being present is the mark of a good leader, good listener, and good learner.
It is also a skill that helps track the trends and see what the next steps are. Practicing this is even more necessary when you look at your own development.
If your boss asked you today: What is the impact you want to have on our organization? How are you going to achieve those results?
Could you answer them?
Of course plans change, however, it’s important to be able to articulate what excites you each day about your work and to also show how that passion can help get you to the places you want to go.
Being able to speak to these questions thoughtfully and with detail shows ownership with your own development. It also provides your leaders with the necessary information in order to give thoughtful feedback, earnest advice, and set realistic expectations.
How do you want to develop yourself?