23 November 2017

feedback in business role model mentorI was recently asked who my role model is.

What a question! There are many, rather than just one or two, but that’s certainly a topic for another post on another day. However the question sparked my curiosity.

When you choose our role models, it is often a subconscious decision. Your line manager, your director, a parent. Sometimes without realising, we naturally reflect their behaviour; we mirror them even in the way we dress or speak, and through our body language.

But why is it a subconscious decision? It is one of the most important decisions you can make! Who do you want to emulate? Who represents what you stand for? Who is the person you want to be? Who will you become?

Choose your role models!

I listened to a TED Talk the other day that came to mind when I was thinking about role models, it’s a fairly old one but still had valuable insight. In it, Shawn Achor says: “If we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average.” We should be looking at the “positive outliers” to move the entire average up. It’s a great listen if you have some time – or you could listen while jogging or driving.

Jim Collins studied the leading businesses including Kimberly-Clark and Gillette Company in his book Good to Great; the top performing businesses who are really leading their fields and why they are head and shoulders above the competition.

Studying the most successful people in their field is an approach reflected throughout so many research areas and it is common sense. So why don’t we do it in our personal lives. How many of you make a conscious choice as to who your role model is going to be?

Take some time to pause and think about what your goals are and who you can best learn from. It’s an incredibly valuable process.

I’d love to find out who your role models are and how you chose them.

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