Dan Heiman, President and Managing Partner of Cornerstone Kansas City Executive Search firm, explains the importance for executives to routinely allow time for modification and positive change. The benefits of stepping out of your day-to-day routine not only can improve your productivity but can offer opportunities for enlightening experiences making you more fruitful for those around you.
I attend a regular Bible study with a group of business guys and our theme last week was “fruitfulness” and how important it is to stay connected to the vine. The challenging conversation revolved around how we stay connected to the vine in a world that is pulling all of us in so many different directions personally and professionally. To turn ourselves back to center, we may need to mix it up and step away from the day-to-day to refresh and refocus. This may require modification of our own personal habits and routines.
How often do we take the time for modification? Where do we seek such modification, so we can be more effective in our personal and professional lives and become the person we are called to be?
As an executive recruiter, I work with high-performance leaders every day and the companies I serve are all looking for leaders who are hungry, humble and smart. Typically, those leaders take the time for modification on a regular basis. The effort is spent in getting outside of one’s self to do the heavy lifting of personal refinement through self-reflection, attending a conference or going on a retreat so they can bear fruit. I think Steven Covey called it “sharpening the saw” in his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. Whatever you decide to call it, we all need modification and recalibration to be the best we can be so that we can bear fruit for those around us.
I encourage you to make a change and seek out personal and professional opportunities for modification. For personal refinement, getting involved with your church, taking a health challenge, or volunteering for a charity would likely allow you the opportunity for space away from your normal routine. In a professional sense, attending a conference hosted out of town usually provides a refreshing break from your usual surroundings to gather key insights for your trade or industry. Or, joining a relative networking group would likely expose you to new ideas and help you gain perspective on where you are in your career.
Creating time to dedicate to refresh and refocus is often the challenge for busy executives. However, even taking a step by step initiative can create a significant effect. For instance, taking on the small task of reaching out to schedule a complimentary pre-executive search assessment with our firm to evaluate your company’s goals, leadership team, identify gaps and talent needs would be a great place to start creating positive change within your organization.
How will you take the time for personal and professional modification before the year ends?
For Cornerstone Kansas City, we’ve modified a bit and just moved our offices to College and Roe in Leawood and continue to recalibrate in order to meet or exceed the recruiting needs of the companies we have been privileged to serve in the region. If you have an executive hiring need please keep us top of mind. We want to talk with you.
Many blessings to each of you as we head into the Holidays!
President and Managing Partner
Cornerstone Kansas City
“Helping Companies Thrive Through People”
4601 College Blvd Suite #120, Leawood, KS 66211