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How to think and plan more strategically

Welcome to week 11 of my 3-month series called:

TAKE YOUR LEADERSHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL: Learn the 3-pillars of leadership success. 

In October, we are exploring pillar 3: Lead Your Business.

Today we are going to discuss how you can think more strategically.

A few days ago, I had a glorious walk on a quiet trail in the woods. The fall colors were just spectacular, and they quite literally took my breath away. 

So, I took off my headphones and decided to walk in silence and observe my surroundings. I listened to my feet crunch on the leaves beneath me. I looked at every tree and noticed the golden, red, and tangerine colors of the leaves. 

While pausing to observe my surroundings, I noticed the most spectacular placement of branches above me. Mother nature so stunningly arranged them into an arch that florists spend hours mimicking them at wedding ceremonies. 

So, I took out my camera and took a photo of this arch, kept walking, then turned back and took another shot from a different angle.

As I looked at these photos, I noticed how different the arch looked from two different perspectives.

From one angle, the forest looked dense and predominantly brown and green. From another perspective, it looked much sparser and more golden with flecks of red.

I took photos of the same forest, the same arch, the same trees, and the same pathway.

plan strategicallyWhat changed was my perspective. 

This experience made me reflect on other areas of my life where I only consider one perspective.

We certainly all do this at work. For example, when you take the time to think strategically, how often do you analyze your business from only one perspective – yours?

While you likely have lots of proof of your perspective, are you taking the time to listen to other people’s viewpoints? 

Are you proactively seeking the perspectives of your team members and colleagues?

If you do, you will notice that everyone in your business will have their own data and proof to justify their angle and experience. 

While other people’s perspectives might vary from yours, it doesn’t mean they are wrong. They have gathered their data from a different angle.

So, to really think strategically and make important decisions for your team or business, seek the opinions and perspectives of others. 

Then listen. Really listen to their angles and data before you create an action plan moving forward.

Making a decision in a vacuum won’t allow you to make the most strategic decision.

Lead Your People Program

Are you ready to accelerate your learning as a leader?

If so, you have just one more week to register for the Lead Your People Program, which starts on November 1st, 2022.

Do you sometimes worry you are not leading the “right way”?

If so, I’d like to reassure you that if you invest the time in developing key leadership skills, you will feel really confident in your leadership role.

You just need to learn how to lead your people. 

In this program, I will show you exactly HOW to do that!

You will learn how to:

  • Develop a strong leadership brand
  • Give feedback and have difficult conversations  
  • Coach for results  
  • Manage your time and priorities 
  • Delegate and develop your team effectively  
  • Lead and communicate change  

This LIVE program will be delivered over ZOOM on November 1st, November 29th, January 10th, January 24th, February 7th, and February 21st.

Go here to register and find out more:

Space is limited, so register today.

Here is what clients are saying about Vanessa’s program:

I’ve gone through a couple of leadership programs in the past, and they were never really that helpful. Needless to say, I was skeptical! However, Vanessa’s program and her coaching were EXCELLENT! The information was easily relatable, and Vanessa’s insightful and personal approach to working with us made it so simple to apply the new techniques within our own teams. I’m very happy to have taken this course, and have asked for this to be offered to even more people in our company!

— Martin Magloire, Senior Product Manager, Wildbrain 

Vanessa Judelman

Vanessa Judelman is an author, coach, and sought-after leadership expert. Over the past 20 years, she has created a proven formula to develop results-oriented leaders who feel empowered and confident in their job. Vanessa is the author of Mastering Leadership: What It Takes to Lead in Today’s Fast-Paced World. Order your copy here.

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