It’s time for a review! Let’s reflect on 2018Q4 and consider additions to the Brag Book! A Brag Book is best known in the medical sales community and is defined as a “portfolio of documents such as letters of reference, ranking reports, and training certificates that document professional achievements.”*
I challenge you to consider adding at least three elements mentioned above or use the list of words borrowed from “4 Examples of Performance Reviews That Inspire Greatness” to write a sentence about you and your experience this fourth quarter: excels ____, decisive ____, responsive ____, dedicated ____, knowledgeable ____, honest ____, thorough ____.
You may also consider your leadership development and spiritual growth. Use the following recap of the Leader’s Field Guide to remind you of the lessons from this quarter:
- Deliberate Practice: We talked about setting specific goals, obtaining immediate feedback, and focusing on technique and results.
- After the Work Honeymoon Phase: We discussed the phases of a job, business, or client relationship including honeymoon, reality, learning, mastering, doubt, demotivation, and burnout.
- Brushing Off Bad Habits: We had a great conversation about how to minimize stress, conserve mental energy, focus on one habit, reframe discomfort, and avoid negative self-talk.
- Ordered Desk, Ordered Mind? We brainstormed about how to get organized by thinking vertically, methodically, practically, virtually, and maniacally.
- Spiders in the Window Well: Ok, it still gives me the creeps, but we learn what spiders teach us about appreciating others, staying grounded, maintaining perspective, leveraging superpowers, retooling constantly, and finishing well.
- Startup Secrets: We talked about the unexpected way large companies come from simple breakthroughs like pivoting quickly, solving YOUR problem, and thinking like a competitor.
- When All Else Fails, Read the Manual: We highlighted two camps of people, those who read instructions and those who justify NOT reading instructions by claiming it makes them curious, prideful, (maybe) hasty, brilliant, and adventuresome.
- Farming for Success: We looked at what farming teaches us about business by acknowledging big results start small, recognizing failure (quickly), never putting off harvest, and maintaining our equipment.
- Me and My Drum: We reflected on the song about the Little Drummer Boy and the importance of owning your age, moving to the front, and giving all you have.
- End of the Line: We discussed the challenges of what leaders fail to see, need to research, and intentionally avoid.
Now, you have a great start on a Brag Book! What would you like to enter into your Brag Book at the end of next quarter?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She founded Synergy Groups, virtual masterminds connecting all Christians, everywhere, for the purpose of Community, Accountability, Transformation, and Leadership. She also partners with high-performers and heirs-apparent especially in the STEM industries. Michelle’s formal background in technology, franchise, and project management gives her an edge on implementing best practices and scaling towards sustainable success. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 22 years.