Oh, the joy of New Year’s resolutions. This year I’ve decided to document my 6 professional resolutions (except that I’m lazy and shortened the word “professional” to “
Eh, there’s always 2020.
1. Expand my capacity for discomfort.
Challenging conversations, daunting tasks, and the daily grind. A trick that I have found to be useful is to change my language. I learned this from my work with The Leadership Circle. Instead of labeling an interaction as difficult, I now call it a courageous conversation. That one little word
Tired of the daunting tasks that suck your energy? Guess why you have to do them….because you are the leader. You were chosen to do it. Leadership is a privilege and you earned it. You don’t have to do anything in 2019, but you will–you will because you can, and you care, and you are privileged.
2. Be honest.
For whatever reason, true or not, 2018 felt like a year of deception. I won’t go into details here, but I absolutely learned some valuable lessons. Most importantly, be honest. We are all allowed to make mistakes, however, would I be able to stand up and tell the world why I made the decision that I did, and not try to hide any details? In 2019, if I’m faced with a difficult decision, I will consider whether or not I would be able to defend my decision with honesty to whoever may ask. That will be my gut check.
3. Work hard for the people who work for you.
Don’t ask anyone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself, and you had better work your ass off. This is always a good reminder, and one I put on my list every year.
4. Fill gaps.
In 2018 I did a skills analysis on myself. I found that I had lacked accounting skills. So, I took a class. Two months later I was offered a new position and I accepted. Guess what the most important skill has been thus far? Accounting, hands down. I am so glad I took that course, so in 2019 I will find another gap and attack it. Luckily, I’m nearly perfect, so the list of my gaps will be very short…
5. Maintain relationships.
I am so fortunate to have so many talented individuals in my life. I will work hard to maintain those relationships and will make sure to tell them all how talented they are. In leadership, we don’t get told that enough.
6. Find joy.
Sometimes things suck. The news, the client, the boss, the task. Step away, look at your life as a whole, and be thankful for how much joy is in your life. In 2019 I will make this a daily practice.
That’s my 2019 professional list of resolutions.
What’s on your list?
Kylie Quetell is an Organizational Development professional, focusing on people, strategy, and process (notice that “people” is listed first). She is a Chief Operating Officer and a phenomenal public speaker, coach, and leader. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and certifications in Leadership Development and Change Management.
Kylie was formally a national champion rugby player, and has coached high school and women’s club sports. She has also volunteered her time working with Veterans and for environmental causes.
A Maine native, Kylie brings a love for salty language to her current home in Metro Detroit where she lives with her wife, dog, and cat.