Over the holidays heading into 2009, I decided to take a step into the unknown leaving a very long, single company career. I called it my “reboot.” A reboot is different from retirement. It is like when your computer is stuck and you hit “Control-Alt-Delete” to start over (hopefully not losing all the work you had done). After six months having a blast in Southern California, we tried something completely different - I role that allowed me live near family, experience NYC and test my theory on how to successfully start international operations. Three years later, this reboot has been achieved.
Time for the next one. What shall it be? Leaders need to step into the unknown periodically just as we expect of our people. We ask them to follow us to ne places. Long and comfortable careers can be a hindrance to imagination if left unchallenged. How would you respond to your boss if she asked you the day you returned “How do you plan to lead more effectively in 2013 than you did in 2012?” This is a question we should ask ourselves every year at this time. My answer is easy. I’m going to re-reboot similar to 2009.
Are you going to change/improve your leadership in 2013? What will you change? How will you explain the change to your team?