As the year draws to a close, you are hopefully thinking about some resolutions for the new year. While most are of a personal nature, also consider some that may impact your professional life. But before you go too far down that road, consider the fact that many of us are not very self-aware. The things we resolve to work on might not be perceived by others to be an issue. Likewise, we may not be fully aware of the critical areas where we don't have the needed skills and where problems might be brewing. In other words, we all have blind spots that need to be addressed.
So first, make sure that you are self-aware and that the things you are choosing to work on really are areas where some skill improvement is both needed and adds value to the work you do. Of course, the best way to improve your self-awareness is to get some feedback from others. More on that in my next blog.
In the meantime, have a Happy New Year!