Who are you, really, and what will you do about it? My wife and I were discussing the way people dress in life and the difference between those that dress authentically – the way that they feel and the way they want the world to perceive them – and those that dress, well, corporately, or the way that postulates the job they have or the role they are trying to fill. The question became: if you aren’t comfortable with the attire you’ve chosen, how can you be as productive as you need to be? You cannot. While you might adapt to fit a role, you can never be completely successful in that role if you cannot bring all of who you are to what you do. I took a DiSC assessment a few weeks ago while learning about Nicole Greer’s new offerings (Nicole is the Vibrant Coach that does work around personalities and team development). The assessment was divided into two areas: natural tendencies and adapted tendencies. The natural tendencies are what I do best. It is where I operate from best. The adapted tendencies are the way that I have had to change my behavior in order to perform certain functions as a CEO of Aepiphanni. The question becomes: what would happen if I could spend 80%, 90% or even 100% of my time in my sweet spot. What if I could just be a zebra instead of being a horse with stripes? I would be more productive. I would be able to handle more work, I wouldn’t lose energy on tasks that steal my energy, I would probably have better balance in my life and grow the company faster. This is called being authentically me. Extending this to the way I dress, my office space, my car and my life, doing things well requires me to create an environment in which I can can more than function. It is where I have invested in becoming an extraordinary leader and where I have a vision for growing an extraordinary business. This doesn’t mean that you go for the shock factor in every thing you do, but rather, present yourself in a way that will be most presentable and productive for the environment you are in. That means accent yourself in a manner that makes you feel like you can perform at the top of your game and accomplish your mission. As a professional, discernment is essential, meaning, that if you wear a bathing suit to a formal engagement, you may have difficultly accomplishing what you intended to do. Be extraordinary. Be in the place and the mindset that allows you to be most productive. Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses. We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services. As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions. If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at email@example.com.
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