When you think of yourself at your best, what 4-8 words describe you? When all is said and done and you’ve run out of time, how will people describe you when you are gone? Will any of these 4-8 words be mentioned?
Well-known performance psychologist, Dr. Jim Loehr, has asked thousands of leaders this question over the years. Through his research, he has found that a high majority of these leaders want to be remembered most for the way they treated people. Not for their successes and accomplishments.
Dr. Loehr often talks to leaders about the need to be aware of their own ‘hidden scorecard’. An important reminder to hold themselves accountable for their own words, actions and treatment of others.
A system to keep them in check. A reflective tool that helps provide them with the metrics needed to know how closely aligned they are to the core values that help to navigate their life and work, both personally and professionally.
Internal Audit Check
Individually, we all know deep down the extent to which we act in accordance with our core values and beliefs.
When we hold the mirror of accountability up to ourselves, we are the only ones who know how closely aligned we are to the things we believe in most. And chances are that if we live in harmony and alignment with our core values, people in our life will always feel valued, respected, and cared for.
Our hidden scorecard is a great reminder about the importance of aligning our thoughts, words, and actions in life. When we use our hidden scorecard as a filter for the decisions we make, the words we use, the actions we take and our treatment of others, we will always be scoring points.
At the end of your life, will you be able to say, with full certainty, that you acted in alignment with the values that mattered most to you?
To what extent did you value connection, build trust, and deepen important relationships in your life?
How will you be described by others?
Keep your hidden scorecard close at all times.
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KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.