My goal for this spring is to clean out my basement. (My youngest is 13. Why do I still have a toddler’s play kitchen?)

Spring is also a golden opportunity to clear the decks of your leadership. Consider these questions.

What is important to you? What are your priorities now, and are you acting on them?

What is important to your people? How can you help them wake up every day eager to contribute to the organization’s mission?

What should you start doing? Is there a way of thinking or a behavior that would add to the quality of your leadership?

What should you stop doing? It may be an old habit that needs to be tossed. Perhaps you need to free up time to do the work with a long-term payoff. Recognize that just adding more to your plate probably isn’t realistic and wouldn’t amplify your leadership impact.

What should you keep doing? Don’t throw everything away! Figure out which of your actions yields the best results and impact. Focus on keeping those in your repertoire.

If this all seems overwhelming, just do one of the above today. Translate your good intentions into some real work. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney


Cleaning is always more fun and productive with a partner. We’re here for you.

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