- Decipher and digest the game plan of your company. What is the overall objective, the result required, and, most importantly, what is your role in the execution of the plan? What approaches and/or tools can be used to achieve specific goals? Do you really want it?
- Practice what you preach—once you have clearly identified what you need to do to improve your potential for success, put it into play. Do a presentation in front of a mirror—check your expression and posture—are you comfortable? Your ease or lack of ease will affect how your audience feels about what you have to say.
- What is your working aptitude? You will undoubtedly excel in an area or field where you can use your strengths. Seek new responsibilities or roles where your traits suit what is needed.
- Adapt your communication style to fit your work environment and your career path. Your vocabulary, tone of voice, presence, and overall manner of communicating ideas and requests are crucial to how you are perceived and how others will respond to you.
- Know the facts and stick to the facts. This speaks to your competence and your credibility. Take time to do research, figure things out, and relay those facts to others. You only have to be caught in a mistruth or exaggeration once to tarnish your integrity and the way you are perceived.
- Recognize that your personal life needs to coincide with and compliment your work ethic and political persona. People build opinions about who you are based on you as a whole person. They consider all that they know about you and mesh this with what they expect from you.
In golf, as in life, it’s really all about positioning and balance. On each shot, you have to have proper set-up, alignment, and ball position. Each key aspect is as important as the other, and they are all necessary. The proof shows on your scorecard.
Without a record or benchmark, we may not recognize our deficiencies. Without constructive feedback, we may not continue to improve through learning. Without strength, control, and direction, we may become totally lost and complacent.