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Do you ask for directions?

Rob PopazziBy Rob Popazzi, BA, CLU, CHS
AVP Manager Development and GAMA Board member

Let me ask you a question:

What would happen if you set out on a car trip to a city you’d never been to before and all you had was the name of the city?

How long would it take you to get there? Would you be frustrated all the way there? If at some point you went in the wrong direction, would you know to turn around? How long would it take you to break down and buy a map or GPS?

(Not long, I suspect).

If you are reading this, you’ve decided at some point to set out on the journey of becoming a leader in this great business of ours. What you may not have is the map or GPS that you would certainly use for your car trip.

The greatest map to becoming a better leader I've ever known over these past two decades comes in the form of feedback. It's humbling and powerful when someone you know and trust takes time out of their schedule to help you improve. Whether it is a colleague, peer or business associate, or someone you report to, it’s extremely important to you. When it is from someone that reports to you, it is some of the most valuable information you will receive in your career. Why? The answer is simple — because we rarely ask for it. We are perfectly comfortable in our zone. We know what we are doing and we know we're getting the job done. (Think driving along with the radio going, enjoying the scenery)


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