Rest, Reflect, Recharge and Restart

Earlier this week Becky Powell-Schwartz, Dallas Vistage Chair shared the above 4 words in an email to me. Glen Jackson was the recent keynote speaker for her graduating Emerging Leader Program. Reading this book now, I believe the 7 Pillars of Preeminence will add value to any business owner who is focused on growth, both personal and professional.

Running business in isolation, what next

Since mid-March, I and my Austin business owner members have remained mostly isolated, while still running their individual businesses. In our November monthly Zoom meeting, much was shared about being tired, stressed, frustrated, several with decision fatigue and overall feeling by a few the need to get away. One went to Mexico, another to Colorado. Most are hiring new talent, while some continue to right size based on performance after being locked down for 9 months.

The majority of my members have had their PPP funds forgiven and are in a strong cash position for focusing on 2021 expansion opportunities. Land acquisitions, office construction projects, sales and office talent hiring and interviewing for new products and services makes for an interesting and exciting Q1 2021 for us all.

Year-end thoughts for 2020

My November 26th thoughts on the above 4 words – Happy Thanksgiving

Rest – Get more sleep

Sleep is # 1 for us all with 7 to 9 hours recommended by the medical profession. Several of my members are exercising more today than they were this time last year. Member commits “…I’m better able to take on my day, be in the moment with 6 to 8 Zoom meetings and still have gas in the tank for a family dinner and personal time with our children.” Several read books, or better said scan books, especially as we all prepare to turn the lights off around 1030 to 11pm.

Reflect – Take-aways from 2020

What are you most significant 2020 business & personal accomplishments and business & personal disappointments? Can you list 3 in each for a total of 12? Want to run them by me in a phone or Zoom coaching session? Set aside 45 minutes to an hour, it’s my EOY gift to you. I’m a safe, honest executive coach with no hidden agenda focusing on servicing Central Texas private business owners.

(I’m over 7,000 hours in coaching Central Texas business owners)

Recharge – Exercise, serve, learn

With summer temperatures behind us, several of my members are now walking outside with family members and neighbors several mornings a week. There’s a couple new exercise bikes in the garage as well. I just completed a 6 week class conducted my Shirzad Chamine, Positive Intelligence. If you see yourself as a servant leader, look into this for you and your leadership team. It’s all about your Saboteurs (half empty or self-limiting beliefs) overriding your Sage (your half full and positive beliefs). A very positive experience in recharging yourselves.

Restart – 2021 can be different, be ready

What is the one thing you must start doing in 2021 and what is the one thing you need to stop doing in 2021?  Become crystal clear on these two threads and you are on your way toward an extraordinary 2021. If interested, add in your personal and professional development goals for 2021. Consider engaging your leadership team to do the same. Setting goals quarterly will provide you a benchmark for success throughout the coming year. For me this a solid baseline metric toward moving forward into the new year and beyond.

All the best and continued successes & wellness with your business, your family and your community.

Published by edstillman

I grew up in Carlsbad, north San Diego County, lost my dad as a teenager, went into the USAF for four years and hired on with 3M in 1969. Received my AA from Santa Barbara City College, BA and Masters from Redlands University and after 33 plus years, I retired from 3M in 2002. As I look back on my life, I have been creating myself and developing my skill sets to be a business coach and a Vistage Chair. I am president of SEOT, a "personal improvement" consulting firm spending most of my time working with Central Texas executives running small to medium size for-profit companies who are focusing on improving their profitability greater than their competition. My area of interest is assisting senior executives in creating a better balance between business commitments and personal relationships. I also facilatate three leadership labs each consisting of a dozen owners, presidents and CEOs. We meet monthly both in a group setting as well as in a 1-to-1 coaching session. Our focus is to sharpen each others' skills in becoming better leaders, making better decisions and taking ourselves and companies to that next level. Who are we? My members are experienced top executives who recognize that they don’t have all the answers and who actively seek the company of successful peers—both to give and receive insights and ideas. My members mine the 200 plus years of chief executive experience that comes together in our monthly meetings and members are eager to offer their own experience and insights in the process. As a group, we spend our time exploring topics members can't discuss anywhere else. My members have many other places where they can engage in idle, "cocktail party" chatter. Our mission is to provide the setting for discussing the "undiscussable." Where or who can you go to for confidential, honest feedback to assist you in minimizing your personal "Worry List"?