New Year’s is the time for reflection and resolutions, and at the Institute of Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) we want to offer practitioners some suggestions for starting 2020 off on the right foot.
These simple changes will help you live and lead with greater clarity, intention and confidence. At IPED, we have many resources in the form of blogs, videos, mentoring opportunities and multiple forums for an exchange of ideas among podiatric professionals at all stages of their careers. To learn more about how we can benefit you and your practice, contact us by calling: 978-296-7634.
- Fill Your Cup. Leaders can’t give to those they serve if they are exhausted or burnt out. Just like the airline instructions, “Secure your oxygen mask before putting one on another passenger,” a good leader has to make a firm commitment to take time for him or herself. What makes you feel fulfilled, relaxed, rejuvenated? It may be exercise, volunteering, reading, spending time with family and friends or any number of other activities. Find three blocks of time weekly for activities for yourself and put them on your calendar.
- Just Say “No.” It’s important to be intentional in your responses to requests for your time. Before saying, “yes,” to an invitation, new work or volunteer commitment, ask yourself if this will help advance your personal or professional goals, give you more (or less) time with those you love, bring fulfillment or a sense of satisfaction. It can be hard to turn people down, but it’s essential for you to be in charge of your schedule, not the other way around.
- Take it Off Your Plate. Effective leadership comes from setting a good example and empowering those you lead—not doing it all. Making “doing just one more thing,” your modus operandi is likely to leave you scattered and tired. Identify three tasks that you can pass off to someone on your team. Identify the right person, train them on the task and then let it go. You’ll be helping a staff member gain more confidence through more responsibility while at the same time freeing up your time and allowing you to stay focused on the items that can truly only be done by you.