I have arrogantly written my first law of leadership. In honor of ancient languages like Hebrew and Arabic, my law reads “backwards.” Because to do something backwards requires intention and focus. Thus, Mulhern’s First Law of Leadership:
tfeL oTthgiR morF knihT syawlA
or, for ease:
Always Think From Right to Left.
Our animal instinct is to react to what’s right in front of us on the great timeline of life. But our gift as homo sapiens, is that we can imagine ends. We can look ahead. To always Think From Right to Left is to continually jump forward on the timeline: to the end of this meeting, this day, this week, THIS YEAR, and if you’re brave . . . This Life. What you want THERE ought to determine the direction of your next step HERE. So, how about this year?
Different people like different verbs for this purpose, but may I plead shamelessly that you pick one (or more) of these verbs and write about it?
I HOPE by the end of the year I will have . . .
I INTEND by the end of the year that I will have . . .
I RESOLVE by the end of the year that I will have . . .
I COMMIT that by the end of the year I will have . . .
At different points in our lives, with the different styles we’re using, different verbs fit best. But, gosh it’s good to pick one.
That’s all I’ll write, so that you have a few minutes you would usually spend reading the rest of this column, to scribble for yourself or maybe — if you’ve already scribbled — to encourage someone else to do the same, as you
Lead with your best self!