Did You Make a Difference in Your Professional Life in 2015?

As we approach the end of 2015, and continuing with the process started in my recent newsletter, I invite you to assess your professional results during 2015.\r\n\r\nFor the purpose of this exercise, allow me to define “professional” as any activity that encompasses the bulk of your “non-personal” time: your job, your specialized practice, your own business, running your household (for stay-at-home moms and dads), etc.\r\n\r\nUsing a grading scale familiar to you (green-yellow-red, 1-10, yes-maybe-no, exceeded-met-did not meet, satisfied-not satisfied, or any other), assess your performance in the following three professional areas:\r\n\r\n1. Did you make a positive impact on your work? Did you meet or exceed your expected results? Beyond assigning a specific “grade” to your performance, try to learn from what you did and didn’t achieve in 2015.\r\n\r\n2. Did you make a positive impact on the lives of other people? Despite the fact that this assessment may be harder than the previous one, I invite you to look deep into your professional activities and search for an answer. Think about the people you work and interact with, as well as the recipients of your professional activities. Are they better off because of the work you did in 2015?\r\n\r\n3. Did you grow in your profession or occupation? Are you a better professional now vs. last year? Did you develop the leadership, managerial, and technical skills required for your profession? Did you increase your “market value” by growing or broadening your skills and experiences? Did you receive any professional recognition during 2015?\r\n\r\nThe answers to these and any other related questions will help in your goal-setting process for 2016, which I will cover in my December newsletter and blog posts.\r\n\r\n

\r\n\r\nThe results will help us adjust future articles.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\nwww.cannon.consulting

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