Serious Impact: Public Leader’s New Year’s Resolutions
Leaders in the public sector have the opportunity to make a greater impact with their New Year’s resolutions than most. By serving our communities, whether through governmental organizations or nonprofit organizations, the public sector is designed to help those in need and provide services to communities.
This means leaders within the public sector who have the resolve to improve themselves and their organizations in the coming year can really make a difference given their organizations function is to provide for those around them.
Deciding on a New Year’s Resolution? Try these activities focused on organizational, community, and individual for focus.
What within your organization needs to change? Are there things occurring that should not continue?
- Make a list of 5 things without trying to analyze them. It important to capture what comes to mind without bringing in emotion or rationalization. This will ensure you consider addressing issues without bias.
- After you have your list, rank them from in order of importance and priority.
- Take the top 3, and formulate a plan to implement some positive change. Consider which aspects of these plans will need to be delegated to whom.
Make an additional resolution to follow through with these plans with a humble, positive attitude anticipating there may be some resistance but knowing with the proper delivery the impact within your organization and on those your organization serves can be maximized.
What you can do in your community that currently is not being done. Are there programs or community events needing to be created? If there are several that come to mind, try using the following exercise.
- Make a list of 5 things and prioritize them.
- Take the top 3.
- Do any of these require any official funding or resources?
- List potential ways your organization can pull together and call upon their resources whether it be those in prominent positions or leveraging their standing with in the community to do a charitable drive or event to create the resources needed.
- List related programs in place that have resources and can be positively impacted by this change but need to run more efficiently and need to have policy changes.
As a leader, you are in a position to make sure those things come about. This will require some in-depth analysis, a clear plan, and dedication to follow through.
Self and Personal Development
Think about what you as a leader need to do differently within your organization. What are your areas of weakness? Write down at least five. Prioritize them and make a professional development plan for the top 3. This could include reading books, attending seminars, or even finding the right mentor.
Next, consider the people you work with every day and what they need from you, not just what you need from them. Think about their lives, think about the families, and think about what the next steps are for them. We often get so busy that we don’t take the time to see where we could have an impact directly around us.
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Not every situation is one that requires action from us, but many of them do. If you have thoughts and feelings that frequent your mind about certain people and situations don’t turn away longer. Write down all of these.
Don’t focus on a certain number. Make a plan for each so you will be able to bring about positive change you know you can facilitate. Some will require execution at the right time, however having the right plan in place will afford you the opportunity to be the most effective when the situation ripens.
Happy New Year!