Ready for the Next Level?

Did you get that promotion? Are you ready for the next level? Are you on top of things? What about your leadership, is it adequate and effective? Do you have the skills and knowledge to be an effective leader and advance your career?

Did you answer "NO" to those questions? Well, if you focus on how to change you, not the system, not play politics, and not blame others - you make yourself more effective in life and can answer "YES" next time. 

So, here is some help to get ready for the next level.

Not ready for the next level

People who advance and are ready for the next level pay attention to 3 proven, practical and powerful daily priorities - Clear Expectations, Clear Consequences and Self-governance. 

Clear Expectations

One of our favorite statements is, "Where you look, you tend to go!" Unfortunately, too many people and many organizations have eyes that wander from one shiny object to the next. In other words, they have no clear "THERE" to look at.

You organize your energy and focus with a clear end result - a clear THERE. Without it, you react and respond - flit around and the waves of life, circumstances and people drive you. Worse yet, you may be the leader and don't have clear expectations set for your unit.

Great (GR8) leaders not only are clear about what the organization needs today, but also this week, month, and year. Clear expectations help you organize your thoughts, goals and actions for yourself and those with you.

Here is something that helps me - the Daily Focus Form. It is a good tool that helps you get ready for the next level. When you use it, you start each morning with a review of your goals, people to contact and decide on the 1 to 3 things that you WILL DO today.

Actually, it helps you think beyond today. Using it properly, you think about the next 7 days, and even the next 30 days.

Just click here or on the image to get a free copy of the Daily Focus Form.

And, here is some more help. Take two FREE assessments - just click the button below. You will learn about your leadership Capacities and Leadership Values. Both help you advance your career.

Daily Focus Form

Daily Focus Form

When you set clear expectations for you and your organization, that is a clear mark of someone who gets things done. And, do not forget about respect for authority! Create your clear expectations, then double-check with your supervisor to see if you are on target.

Consider what happens when you check with your supervisor. You advertise that you want to help your supervisor and the organization achieve its goals. And, if you listen to your supervisor and make appropriate changes, you advertise a willingness to learn and grow. That simple step shows both respect for authority and initiative - good supervisors love that!

With clear expectations set, focus on excellent execution!

Clear Consequences

What if you don't achieve your goals? This is not about a sense of urgency - just about REALITY. What happens if you don't finish that report today? What happens if you don't fill those orders? Are there any consequences when you do not meet your goals?

You aren't playing a kid's soccer match where everyone gets a trophy for just showing up! Moving to the next level means there are consequences when you don't meet expectations. That is reality! That is life! You get ready for the next level when you set clear expectations and know the consequences for not achieving them.

Further, as a leader, you share that REALITY with your group. Some of them may need to be reminded about how the Clear Expectations and Clear Consequences fit together.

Often, a leader makes the mistake of demanding that each person meets the expectations thinking that will help everyone perform better and escape any negative consequences. Sounds right, but there is a better approach and that is why you want to focus energy and attention on Self-governance.


GR8 Leaders are self-governing. They don't need someone looking over their shoulder to make sure they are working or doing the right thing. One good way to define self-governance is simply - doing the right thing, because it needs to be done. That is acceptable, but it is best broadened by using this definition - "passing up immediate gratification for future reward."

That is such a basic element of life that most people don't do. If you want to be a GR8 Leader, you are constantly growing your self-governance and helping those with you do the same. If you don't have self-governance, you aren't ready for the next level.

Now think about it, if you can grow the self-governance in each person in your group, they get more done and you are free to be more strategic. You spend less time double-checking their work, because they continue to show the discipline of doing what is needed.

So, instead of demanding that everyone does the work when needed, you can move more into the self-governing or invitational model - inviting them to operate with their strengths to meet their expectations and the expectations of the organization. Of course, it seems much easier just to demand it because you are the boss. That is a strategy that will work - but it has a high cost. You create an environment of compliance instead of creativity and self-governance. An environment that can get things done when the boss is watching or mad, but not so much when the boss isn't.

Your choice. Self-governance requires a real leader that is dedicated to valuing people and, at the same time, getting the job done. It is part of a leadership model that focuses on WE, while most other models focus on ME to the detriment of others.

The GR8 Leaders CATALYST System promotes the use of these 3 Daily Priorities. Check it out by clicking on the FREE Leadership Assessment button above. Time to get ready for the next level.

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