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2. Week One - PurposeThe Cheshire Cat said it best, If you dont know whereyoure going, any road will get you there.True leaders have a well-defined sense of purpose,both in terms of where they are going and in that theyfind their work personally meaningful.Week One is all about defining where you want to goand why doing so will matter to you deeply.!Fact: In his study of exceptional people in Outliers, MalcolmGladwell found that high-achievers consistently consideredtheir work personally meaningful. In fact, this sense of purposewas what allowed them to spend the long hours necessary tobe the best at their craft.!Quote: People who find their lives meaningful usuallyhave a goal that is challenging enough to take up allof their energies, a goal that can give significanceto their lives.- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 3. Day One - My To-Do ListMake a list of all of your long-term goals; everything onyour big picture To Do List. Since this is a leadershipchallenge, be sure only to include goals that will requirethe support, participation or buy-in of others. 4. Day Two - My MissionCreate a personal mission statement by answering thequestion, Why Do I Exist? Once you have answeredthat question, create a mission statement of less thaneight words and commit it to memory. In addition, keepa written version of the statement in a place where youwill see it frequently. 5. Day Three - My VisionCreate a personal vision statement of less than tenwords by filling in the sentence, Before I die I will...or I hope someday to be thought of as...Consider who you want to be and what you want toaccomplish, either personally or professionally, andcommit this to memory. Additionally, put your visionstatement in writing and display it in a place ofprominence. 6. Day Four - My ValuesMake a list of your personal values; the things thatyou hold so true that you would never violate themfor personal gain or expediency. Once you havecreated the list, choose the 3 to 6 values you findmost enduring. Write them down alongside yourpersonal mission and vision statements and committhem to memory. 7. Day Five - My GoalsReview your list of goals from Day One alongside yourpersonal statements of Mission, Vision, and Values.Choose the goal that you feel best embodies yourpersonal statements, but dont worry about the onesyou did not choose. There will be ample time to reachall of your goals if you focus and stay true to theRevolYOUtion methodology. Once you have chosenyour goal, make sure that it is S.M.A.R.T. specific,measurable, aligned, realistic, and timely.You will learn more about S.M.A.R.T. goals duringtomorrows challenge. 8. Day Six - Is My Goal S.M.A.R.T.?SpecificA vague goal would be: I will be a good leader.A specific goal might be: I will improve my leadership skills by developing my emotional intelligence.MeasurableAre there specific metrics in place to let you knowthat youve crossed the finish line? AlignedIs the goal you have chosen personally meaningful to you? RealisticAre you capable of succeeding at your chosen goal?Timely The goal should exist within a time frame 30 days in this case. 9. Week Two - PeopleLeadership is most succinctly defined as the ability toinfluencea group of people to work toward a commongoal. Leadership is fundamentally relational, and whilesomeone with poor people skills may be exceptional,they cannot accurately be called a leader. In Week One,you determined where you are going.Week Two will focus on strengthening your ability todevelop the relationships that will get you there.Fact: Emotional intelligence, or the ability to identify andcontrol emotions in yourself and others, was found to betwice as predictive of exceptional performance astechnical expertise in a Harvard Study.Quote: If your actions inspire others to dream more,learn more, do more and become more, you are aleader. John Quincy Adams 10. Day Seven - Self-AwarenessMake a list of five adjectives that describe yourgreatest strengths and five for your most significantdevelopmental opportunities. Now, ask your friendsto complete the same exercise on your behalf.Adjectives that your friends selected that you didnot may be personal blind spots that can inhibityour ability to lead. Now that you are aware of theseblind spots, what can you do to ensure they do notdiminish your potential? 11. Day Eight - Active ListeningPractice your active listening skills today by freeingyourself of distractions and focusing deeply on whatis being said. Ensure that your phone and computermonitor are off and that you are free of whatevertechnology might distract you from full engagement.As you listen, focus deeply on what is being said, andresist the urge to formulate a counter-argument orresponse as the person communicating is still speaking.As the day progresses, notice the depth of engagementtoday as you actively listen versus times when you aredistracted by technology or the noise in your own head. 12. Day Nine - Reading OthersTake at least 30 minutes today to people watch in apark, mall, or airport. Notice the people around you;their mannerisms, their dress, their body language, andtheir tone. Now make hypotheses based on what youhave observed. What motivates them? How might youeffectively communicate with them? What are theirfearsand dreams? As you learn to thoughtfully observeothers and tailor your interpersonal approach to meettheir unique needs, you will find yourself with increasedinfluence as a leader. 13. Day Ten - EmpathyThink of someone with whom you share an opposingviewpoint. Approach that person and express aninterest in deepening your understanding of wherethey are coming from. Ask them to express their reasonsfor espousing this viewpoint and use follow up questionsto deepen your understanding. At no point should youshare your own views or seek to convince them to yourway of thinking. Do all that is in your power to understandwithout needing to be understood. The challenge iscomplete when you have experienced empathy fortheir viewpoint and can understand how they havearrived at their worldview (without necessarily needingto agree). 14. Day Eleven - Make it PersonalTake the ten people with whom you work most closelyand write each of their names on the top of an indexcard. Beneath their name, write the name of theirspouse or partner, the names of any children, as wellas a list of any personal hobbies or interests of theirs.Review these cards regularly, and make a point toinquire about personal interests and loved ones fromtime to time. Taking a personal interest in those withwhom you work will boost morale and increase teamcohesion. 15. Day Twelve - Thank YouTrue leaders understand that, whatever their talentsmay be, they cannot do it alone. Take time today tothank those who have helped you along the way.Make a list of the ten people that have been mostcentral to your success thus far and write each ofthem a hand-written (no emails!) thank you letter.Dont forget to be specific and cite actual instancesin which they have been a support. 16. Week Three - ProficiencyYou have now charted your course and begun to rallythe troops in support of your mission. Week Three willfocus on developing proficiency or skill in your areaof focus. Communication can be powerful, butexceptional people walk the talk and let theirexpertise inspire others to follow their lead. Take thisweek to hone your craft, understanding that nothingis as influential as the example of a skilled craftsperson. Fact: 42% of college graduates never read another book post-graduation. Quote: Force has no place where there is need of skill. - Herodotus 17. Day Thirteen - Be CuriousSkilled leaders are intellectually curious and alwaysalert to opportunities. Reflect back on your chosengoal from Week One and seek out a variety of sourcesto deepen your knowledge in this content area. Findone blog post, one academic journal article, oneaudio lecture, as well as a video presentation that willenhance your understanding. Now, choose your favoriteof the four and share it with others with similar interests.Congratulations! You have just taken the first step towardthought leadership! 18. Day Fourteen - Choose a MentorThe word mentor literally means wise advisor and istaken from Homers Odyssey where the characterMentor served as a trusted friend to the storysprotagonist. By the end of the day, select a mentorwho is wise in your chosen area of focus. Whenapproaching your mentor, please list specific reasonswhy you chose them and why you feel as though youcould benefit from their experience and wisdom.Schedule mentorship meetings at least once a quarter youll be amazed at how much you will grow! 19. Day Fifteen - Reward YourselfPeople who excel at self-development and skillacquisition are able to do so because they makethe process enjoyable. At the halfway point of theleadership challenge, cultivate this enjoyment of theprocess by rewarding yourself today. The only rule isthat this reward must be something out of the ordinaryand qualify as a special treat. 20. Day Sixteen - PrioritizeMake your to-do list for the day (as I hope youredoing every day). Now break your daily tasks outinto three categories Essential, Important, andNon-Essential as they pertain to the goal you chosein Week One. Practice doing essential things first,rather than prioritizing in terms of ease or immediacy.Getting in the habit of aligning work with larger goalswill keep you from always putting out fires. 21. Day Seventeen - PracticeMalcolm Gladwells examination of outliers taughtus that roughly 10,000 hours of practice are neededto achieve virtuoso status at a given skill. Take ninetyminutes today to practice and develop the skillsnecessary to reach the goal you chose in Week One.Given that youre likely a very busy person, this mayrequire you to wake up a little earlier or stay up a littlelater. No guts no glory! 22. Day Eighteen - Teach OthersOnce you have mastered a skill it onl