“Hit Refresh” and use this approach to energize your career in the new year!

Over the past 2 years, I have had the honor of speaking at more than 50 events, and have received hundreds of notes, letters, and emails sharing takeaways from reading my book Find Your Lane. It’s been rewarding to hear of the positive impact this book has made on people. To start off the new year, I want to share one of the most popular excerpts from Chapter 8.

We all have the opportunity to make impact in our careers, in our communities, and in our personal life. It’s about choices!  Many of the outcomes and achievements come from making the decision to invest our time in our people zone.  When we invest in people, we grow too. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft writes in his book, Hit Refresh, that “empathy” is the most important skill anyone can have. How can you make impact this week, this month, this year… in your people zone? Hope you enjoy the excerpt from Find Your Lane… Chapter 8, Make the most of your journey!

10 Ideas to Make Impact

“One day I was having coffee with a business partner and she mentioned that she was meeting with others to build her network. She was in transition and looking for her next leadership opportunity in HR. After our meeting she mentioned how much she appreciated the resourceful information I shared but didn’t really know how she could add value to others.

            What I told her was that everyone has something of value to offer. The key is to understand what people in your network need to advance their profession. You can find this out by asking questions.

            Adding value doesn’t have to be difficult. Often times it’s the simple things that make the greatest impact. The following are some of the things I do to make an impact on others:

  1. Connect people to help them expand their network.
  2. Share resources such as a quote or a story that made impact for you.
  3. Write an article on something you are passionate about and share on social media.
  4. Send someone you know a book that recently inspired you.
  5. Smile!
  6. Nominate someone deserving for an award.
  7. Volunteer to help at a charity event.
  8. If you know someone that is raising money for a charity, make a donation.
  9. Call a friend to let them know you are thinking about them.
  10. Send a personal note to someone that is on your mind.

            I remember how it felt the day I received an unexpected package at work. It was a book with a personal note from Christie Linebarger, a friend I had recently visited with at her company. In her note she wrote, “Bruce, this book inspired me so much that I wanted you to have a copy too.”

            This had a significant impact on me. It was such a great feeling to receive such a small gift. It meant so much to me.

            I have received several books from friends over the years that have helped shape my leadership. It is the power of giving! Everyone loves to give, they just need to know what others need.

            Is your GPS leading you in the direction of being a giver? Think about ways to be a giver in your family, or community, or organization. Write them down and take action. It’s a great lane to be in!”

Last year, our CLIMB group (CONNECT, LEAD, INSPIRE, MENTOR, BUILD) decided to send someone we know a book, then met later to share the responses. The stories were engaging, uplifting, and just felt good as we talked about the impact of giving, and all for $20!

Who are you investing in this year? It’s time to hit refresh…

Quote of the week:“Adding value is the most important thing you can do in any job.” Andrew Grove, Former CEO Intel

Call to Action: This week, send someone a book. Attach a note that let them know you’re thinking of them. It will make their day – and yours too!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “hit refresh” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my books “Find Your Lane” and “Milemarkers” available on amazon.

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