With The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Managers top of mind, make a commitment yourself and to others:
I will plan my week / month / year in advance vs reacting to the moment.
Begin with the end in mind
I will have a mission & vision, think ahead, and know in advance what the objectives are before I make decisions.
First things first
I will spend time & energy on what helps to achieve the mission vs what seems to be urgent. Examples include: Interviewing weekly, training, guerilla marketing, & planning.
I will have healthy relationships with the staff, customers (and boss) and everyone walks away from each contact with value.
Seek first to understand, then be understood
I will personally connect with no less than XXX% of my customers AND I will connect with each person on my team to understand their likes / dislikes and their goals.
I will find ways to leverage individual differences to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, especially when there are conflicting views.
Sharpen the saw
I will take time out of production to build production capacity through personal renewal of the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions.
Created by using principles from:"7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
by Stephen Covey
"The 7 Habits for Managers; Managing Yourself, Leading Others, Unleashing Potential" Audio Book, has changed lives. I recommend it highly anyone. It is especially helpful to those leaders looking to improve their leadership skills.
If you feel it is time to make new decisions and contemplate your beliefs; "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey will help sharpen your saw.