Six Big Questions for an Intentional 2020

Do you have any New Years Eve traditions? Do you spent time with friends? Do you go out and “live it up”? Do you watch the ball drop from Times Square (on TV or in-person)? Do you have a quiet evening with family?

To be honest, I think we have done all of the above over the years and every year has been equally as special no matter the plans.

As you head embrace the New Year both personally and professionally, believe in being intentional. Regardless of your title or role, I believe intentional leaders of influence and impact should ask themselves these six important questions as we embark on a new decade and the year 2020.

1. What have you done in the past (or are you currently doing) that isn’t as effective as it once was?

  • Are you coasting or contending?
  • What rut do you need to break out of?
2. Are you clear on your “must have” desired outcomes for 2020?
  • Are you clear on priorities and building an intentional calendar of purpose?
  • Does everyone on your team know their targets/goals?
3. Do your daily actions reflect your stated goals?
  • Do you time-block appropriate actions every day?
  • What is diluting your daily focus and what needs to be cut out or cut down?
4. Have you defined and cultivated the right culture?
  • Culture defines your brand from the inside out. Is yours defined?
  • Culture is what an organization or team thinks and believe. Is your culture stated clearly?
5. Do you take time to inspire your team?
  • Team members need purpose to infuse their work. How can you communicate this better?
6. Are you designing and delivering on the needs, wants, and desires of your customers and clients?
  • Do you remind yourself every week that experience is wasted unless it creates the right kind of positive emotions and avoid the wrong ones?
Intentional leaders don’t settle for the same shtick of yester-year, they are willing to mix it up and change their game to meet new challenges with renewed focus and different ideas. One of my favorite quotes that I put out on Twitter at least twice a year is, “Don’t accept your life – lead it.”

The same holds true for your business and adventures ahead… lead it!

Here’s to a purpose-driven 2020!

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Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.