It was so cool to be honored earlier this week at the San Diego Multicultural Convention Services Network luncheon as one of the 2016 “Women Leading the Way” in Tourism and Hospitality. In preparation, I was asked to reflect on some of the things I felt lead most directly to my success.
It’s interesting to me. I don’t think I give a lot of thought to BEING CONSIDERED successful, but, I do give a great deal of thought to what it takes in order for me to BE successful. They are different, right?
One of the factors that was easy for me to point to was ADAPTABILITY. And I think both planners and CVBs/DMOs can relate to operating in a world that is constantly changing and full of new stuff!!! I know for a fact that almost everyone I talk to comments on how busy they are and how rapidly their environment continues to CHANGE!
Many respected thought leaders point to adaptability as a key factor to success, even though they may not use this exact word. Take Stephen Covey for example, the foundation of his 7 Habits is based on this idea of getting out ahead and not being reactive to change, but in fact leading the way into change.
7 Habits of Highly Successful People-Habit 1: Be Proactive.
He describes a highly effective person as one who can make the decision to improve their lives through influencing things around them rather than simply reacting to external force. When faced with a problem, they take initiative to find solutions rather than just reporting the problem and waiting for others to solve for them.
As not all things are within your control, you need to identify those you could exert changes and focus your effort on them. Concerns/problems can be classified into 3 areas, namely:
- Direct control
- Indirect control
- No control
You can extend your area of influence on concerns which you have indirect control.
I think of expanding my sphere of influence through my ability to think ahead and not be resistant to change.
It is said Steve Jobs looked in the mirror every morning and asked himself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer had been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, he knew he ‘needed to change something.’
Now that’s ADAPTABILITY at its finest. A daily practicing of questioning yourself on your direction and your passion!
If I had to create a checklist to capture 3 things I think ensure one’s ability to stay open and ready it would be:
Ask yourself what are you resisting?
For me, this is generally a trigger. It helps me identify areas where I might be digging my heels in.
Be collaborative wherever you can.
This is a cornerstone of my management philosophy! Ask around. Get outside your own thinking. Involve others in your thought process and really listen.
Always keep learning and keep applying what you learn.
I am never one to shy away from a new idea! And I try and always stay a tuned to what is new and innovative in my industry and other industries. We never want to become too insular!
I hope as you mull these over you might add them to your list or want to share a few of your own ideas with me! (comments are always welcome!)
And for those of you who might identify yourself as a bit change resistant, think of it this way. We know change is coming. So it is better always, to be ahead of the curve. That way at least you are able to remain in control, or a bit more in control of your destiny.
Staying ahead of the curve, for me, is always exciting and rewarding. And a major factor in wanting to stay open and adaptable in my approach to my work and my life. Send me your comments via LinkedIN or on Twitter.