5 Steps to Reinventing Yourself in 2014

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - In today's global, rapidly changing economy, every organization is reinventing itself in order to stay relevant and to meet its customer's needs. This applies to personal reinvention as well.

To stay relevant, we have to change and grow at least as fast as our businesses and circumstances around us.

Chuck Bolton, author and leader of the Bolton Group joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to share five steps to a new you in 2014.

The following is information from Chuck's new book, The Reinvented Leader, being released on Feb. 15. Here's a preview-

Bolton says there are two kinds of people: the "Reinventors" and the "Samers." Samers think what made them successful in the past will make them successful in the future. That's rarely the case in these times. Reinventors embrace change and continually look for ways to sharpen their capabilities and add value. Being a Reinventor is really the only viable choice.

Bolton says there are five steps to reinvention. This is not only a career skill, but a life skill, so we can apply the same framework to our life, too.

1. Mindset and Motivation. Two mindsets – fixed and growth. Fixed mindset folks, Samers, don't believe people can change and grow. Growth mindset people know that our potential and capabilities are infinite. Growth mindset people don't get constrained by limiting beliefs and mistakes of the past. Samers do and get stuck.

2. Time and energy. Reinventors recognize that time is treasure and they carefully invest their time in what's most important. They periodically review what they spend their time on and make conscious decisions on what to start/stop/continue. Secondly, they understand there are four sources of energy: physical, mental, emotional and spiritualand they consciously focus their energy, balancing between expending and renewing their energy in each of the four areas.

3. Capabilities. Reinventors are self-aware, seek feedback and build new capabilitiesand skills to stay current and anticipate future needs. They are curious learners. Samers don't make a dedicated effort to continue learning and growing.

4. Relationships. Reinventors nurture existing relationships and make it a priority to make new ones. They create a "people plan", identifying who they need to meet, in order to achieve their future goals and create a plan for meeting them, most often through referrals of mutual friends and acquaintances. To make this work, you have to help them meet their goals first, recognizing you have to give generously first before you can expect to receive.

5. Training vs. Trying. Hopefully, most of us agree of the need to reinvent ourselves at work to stay current and valuable; however, knowledge doesn't equal change. We overestimate what we can do by trying and underestimate what we can do by training. So like world-class athletes and performers, Reinventors train. Samers try. Training works better. Imagine climbing a mountain without training first. It doesn't work.

For more information, head to The Bolton Group.


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment