My last blog focused on the development and planning involved with making your goals, not a resolution, for 2015. A new year makes us think about our future and how we can make ourselves just that much better.
At this time of year, I also like to reflect on the past year, and more specifically, reflect on the things that I learned.
Networking is Fun: I will admit, I was not an admirer of networking at the start of the year. To make matters worse, since I didn’t enjoy doing it, I created a tendency to avoid networking events. In 2014, I challenged myself to get out there and meet new people. With practice, I now find myself enjoying the opportunity to network with like-minded people at various events.
Just Ask: I followed the mentality that the only person that is going to get stuff done for me is me. I would struggle with certain things (like developing my website) and colleagues would ask me: “Why didn’t you ask for help?” I learned that people are most often willing and able to help you with almost anything.
Constant Learning: I added another skill set to my toolbox by completing my Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. I have greatly enjoyed the process. It has been approximately 7 years since I was involved in improving my skills to that level of intensity. I can’t wait to learn more in 2015.
Timely Follow Up: I will admit, I have been very, very bad at following up with various people. Apart of it was thinking that I didn’t want to ask and another part was me thinking that other people were too busy and they would eventually get around to it. Follow up is important, but don’t wait 6 months to do it. I am still working on this, but I have made it a goal for 2015.
2014 was a fun year where I got the chance to network more, ask for help, developed new skills, and learned to follow up with people. What did you learn in 2014? How are you hoping to use that in 2015?
Have an awesome week.
Kevin MacDonald is the CEO of L6S Business Consulting Inc. L6S offers services in management consulting, Controller and CFO contracting, and lean management with either project work or teaching/mentoring of staff. Kevin holds his CMA accounting designation along with a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
Kevin is active in the community by volunteering for different groups, his condo board and donates platelets at the Canadian Blood Services clinics on a bi-weekly basis.
Photo Credit: Paul Wilkinson