Or are you just too busy to notice?
It happens to all of us. Mark Twain said it best;
“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”
Exceptional leaders recognize and maximize opportunities.
In business, missing opportunities to: avoid a problem – solve a problem – help someone – create something – think – strengthen a relationship – be more productive – lower costs – listen – reward someone – communicate – lead – teach – mentor – coach – (enter your opportunity here) – can prove to be very costly short and long term.
Outside of business, missing opportunities to: be polite – say thank you – be happy – stay close – forgive – enjoy what’s around you – set goals – give back – love – (enter your opportunity here) – can also be damaging short and long term.
My leadership tip this week is slow down – recognize the many opportunities at work and at home … don’t take let them cease to be opportunities.
Find a technique that reminds you to pay attention … from my book Sparks – A Business Fable “
Jack was so committed to this simple but important task that his electronic day planner was programmed with a “Make It a Special Day for Someone” in the 7:00 am time slot every day of the year. This was Jack’s way of reminding himself that every day was special, and because he was a leader, he consciously wanted to make it a special day for someone else.”
This is a practical way to remind you to pay attention. There are many others as well.
It doesn’t matter which technique(s) you use; what matters is you don’t miss the opportunity to make it a special day, or whatever is important to you.