How To *Really* Screw Up 2022

When we say goodbye to 2021 and begin to move forward into 2022, I’d like to offer some tried and verified advice on how to make a mess of this brand-new year.

Be assured: I have learned through my own experiences (consulting and coaching hundreds of leaders at the top). The seven precise and practical tips that follow will undoubtedly slow the pace of progress, decrease results, lower performance, and, in general, make things worse.

If you are looking to start the year with a lousy start, reduce your chances of success, or even make the year a mess, Below are seven areas I suggest you concentrate on throughout the following calendar year.

(Some among you naturally aren’t willing to take on the challenge of failing badly. If you want 2022 to be a fantastic year, at the end of every “how to make a mess of massively” section below, I provide some suggestions on how you can be successful. You choose your path. Take a look at the headlines and then fall in line with the masses … (or you can follow the steps and climb to the highest.)

1. Don’t waste your time in building meaningful, dialog-based connections across your organization (and within your own life) with the primary goal of helping people. Instead, focus on being “me the first” with a select group of people who think the same way as you do.

This is the most crucial one. Successful smart people create, manage and actively manage, and are selfless to their diverse networks of friends and colleagues who are prepared to serve as listeners, give helpful advice, and point out possible issues. As you grow and expand your network, put forth an effort to support others reach their goals. If you put others first, to make them feel respected, heard and appreciated–they’ll almost always be willing to help you succeed .

Two: Don’t define “what success means” with your most influential participants.

Your stakeholders must be aware of and agree with your objectives. There’s a question you, along with all your stakeholders, should be able to reply in the same way: “At the end of this year, which three or four things will you have accomplished that everyone can say “this year was great, and a great year’?” Failure to clearly define success with your stakeholders leads to inadequate prioritization, misdiagnosing issues, and the use of resources in a way that is not optimal. Be aware that you must define clear goals at the beginning of the year to follow through with those goals throughout the year and proclaim your success with confidence at the end.

THREE 3: Short-shrift the relationship you have with your boss.

Your boss is one of the most important individuals. Many “bosses,” and all of our “bosses” are stressed and under pressure, and nobody wants to become a burden. When at work or home, the following type of thinking is a good idea, but it is almost always met with an unsatisfactory outcome: “I’ll leave my ‘boss in peace, and she’ll call me when she’s in need. I do not wish to be a burden.” If your “boss” will eventually contact to you, it’s likely not the interaction you had hoped for. It is likely that your relationship with the “boss” can be a multi-faceted one and is a vital dance to take charge of. Naturally, it begins with clear objectives and regular and honest discussions regarding these goals (See the #1 and #2! ).

Four: Make significant changes without getting feedback from the key members of your staff members.

Many of us desire to take drastic action quickly to impress and prove to the world how intelligent or useful we are. However, there’s an increased risk of taking action too fast. It is essential to consider how different parties and constituents view the issue and the definition of success for them and you. Consider things from different perspectives; communicate your thoughts in a draft, seek input, and get buy-in. Making an effort will usually lead to better decisions and improvements that last. (Again, see #1 and #2!)

Five: Do not ignore your team.

Like our families, we do not often have the opportunity to pick our teams, but in both instances, you need to work through it, and that weight is on your shoulders. Use the tips from the previous paragraph to your team in a focused way in this instance. Learn about your team members as people. Be attentive, validate their opinions, and get them involved. As you would “managing the boss” when you are managing individuals yourself, you must make sure that your direct subordinates are also operating you, including investing in their development. Please make sure they are open in their comments to you. Be vulnerable when they offer suggestions or advice, respect and honour the direction they give you and apply them to good use.

SIX: Think that what you get from your past would be effective in the present.

Everyone hates hearing it, but “What has brought you here might not be the path to get there.” We all need to draw on our strengths and take lessons from past experiences. However, an alarm should be triggered in our minds when we constantly apply strategies used in previous situations. Sometimes, those strategies work perfectly, but you’ll often overlook opportunities to develop a better approach. If you’ve followed the correct steps in #1 through #5 above, you’ll have the benefit of a clear understanding of the best path to take. Build on what you know, but also seek to deepen new learning: technical/functional (what we do); cultural/organization (how things work here); and power dynamics (how things work here).

7 Be rigid and unable to adjust.

Inability to adapt your style or method to meet changes in the environment and new challenges is among the most possible ways to fail. The most effective method to avoid this mistake is to return to the first point: always engage in dialogue with various people and be ready to question your own beliefs. One of the best indicators of self-confidence and the most reliable path to success is seeking assistance in times of need. The most successful individuals are the people who can recognize that something needs to change and realize that the thing that needs to change is within you.

You’re there—a straightforward route to the most disastrous year you’ve ever had. Spectacular failure awaits! For something unique, you can choose the top.

Do try these seven rules as you embark on 2022. I’d like to know what happens for you, and what option you pick.

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Adam Collins
Adam writes about technology, business and economics. With master's degree in Economics, he's presented six papers in international conferences. As a solivagant in the constant state of fernweh, curiosity is the main weapon in his arsenal.

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