Head into Summer on a Strong Note [Friday Leadership Tip]

Hard to believe it’s Memorial Day weekend already, isn’t it? 

We’re shifting into the Summer months – moving from the 16/17 performance season to our summer festivals & pops concerts, making the last big pushes to end fiscal years in the black, going to conferences, celebrating graduations and taking some much needed vacations.

For some, it’s also a time of professional transitions – leaving organizations in good shape and moving to new communities and new roles. We’re half way through 2016, and this weekend while the grill is heating up may be a good time to reflect and take stock:

  • What excites you about what you currently do?  Why?
  • How can you do more of that in the second half of 2016?
  • Are there situations, aspects of your work environment, or relationships that weigh heavily on you and seem to be preventing you from achieving what you want?
  • What are the embodied actions (thoughts, feelings, actions) that you could take over the next 90 days to get what you want?

I encourage you to find time to re-focus on the things that you LOVE about what you do, and re-affirm what you stand for, what impact you want to have, and identify and celebrate the momentum you have already created (your “strategic trajectory”).  And…what’s next?!

And to be clear, “what’s next?” does not always mean finding a new job!  This practice of focusing on what you love, and why you love it can bring a wonderful energy and effectiveness into your current work and relationships. It helps you get “buy in” from your team members and stakeholders when they sense your clarity about carrying out your purpose, and that they know how they can be a part of it.

For me, these first six months of 2016 have been so exciting, as I set my intention to be a champion for successful leaders to take charge and live in their purpose.

This has manifested in having the opportunity to coach consultants, Artistic Directors and nonprofit management leaders and their professional staff, author articles and speak to Board members on strategically managing times of leadership transitions. I’ve learned to ask for help, and surround myself with people that inspire me. I’ve also been blessed to work with an incredible team of people in my Interim President & CEO role in Milwaukee.

I’m back home in San Diego this weekend, and am feeling tremendously grateful after being on the road for three weeks.  Grateful that I have such interesting work with clients across the country, and so grateful that being home both energizes and restores me, and ensures that no matter how busy I get, my actions and decisions continue to reflect my intentions.

Of course, if you’d like to chat 1:1 with me about how you can get more connected to your purpose, and take the right actions towards hitting your goals,

I invite you to get on my calendar for a Clarity Call by clicking here.
I get so much energy from talking with you, and it just lights me up to be able to provide you with the clarity you need to move forward with your momentum.So here’s to a wonderful summer ahead, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

Kathryn Martin

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