How to Guarantee your Self-improvement

Career planning was never something I spent any time on. As my career ideas centred on working for the right people who would recognise any talent that I had…and I was lucky, I worked for some superb CEO's.

Self ImprovementHowever one thing that I did take seriously was self improvement and personal improvement. As a small business owner it becomes even more important as there is no one to prompt a progress review unless you have a life coach or mentor.

As I have got older it has become more evident to me that if you don't watch for trends in business, if you are not looking for business ideas, if you are not developing your skills in new business trends…then you are not just NOT moving forward…you are actually going backwards and your career choices become limited

BUT

One vital aspect is recognising that self improvement is not just about adding to your skillset…

No…. it is about fine tuning and auditing the existing business skills including and most importantly the soft skills that all businesses need.

So how much time do you spend on your personal improvement..honestly? Remember social media can be a huge asset in addressing your business leadership skills. (Listen to a podcast whilst waiting for the train, reading your RSS feeds whilst waiting for a meeting…downloading an ebook for reading in the hotel)

No matter how busy you are you can find even 15 minutes of downtime to

  1. Review and assess your existing skills and action ways of keeping them up to date
  2. Add to that existing skillset by looking at trends in business, business ideas from adjacent markets, business opportunities that are emerging.
Author:
Anna has spent over 20 years as a Board Director at several global brands. She now runs her own company The Engaging Brand which supports business leaders who want to transition to the new social business model. She is also a speaker, writer and radio show presenter on social business, indeed her podcast The Engaging Brand has been nominated 6 years running as Best Business Podcast at the Podcast Awards. She brings an unusual mix of experience to business - she has a 1st Class Law Degree, MBA in marketing and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. This unusual mix means not just explaining the why of being social but how to turn social into a measurable business tactic to grow your bottom line. Her blog www.theengagingbrand.com is recognised as one of the leading UK marketing blogs.

0 Comments

  1. help4u@xtra.co.nz'
    January 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Awesome! I love this…made me think! Time to read a ebook or just do something for me! Thanks Anna, I love reading your posts.

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