When you connect and interact with leaders, a smart idea is to have some questions to ask them. Let’s face it, they are in the “know” and they are living it so why not find out how they do it or what they have learned along the way?
At Global Pet Expo last week, I was fortunate to speak with 14 leaders in the pet space about traits they feel are pivotal for a leader, any leader, and what animal traits leaders would most benefit from.
A gift we are giving you down the road is to post these video interviews here, in the weekly so you can learn too. They are short, with some key lessons and also some memorable stories.
For today I want to share this lesson – and it was driven home for me because I did these leader interviews.
Ask yourself: Who am I learning from? And is it the best person for me right now?
In years past, I left it much to chance to run into, sit next to, or somehow find myself around those who I could both give to and learn from. Now, I have a different intent. I know my expertise will be more beneficial when I have a higher level of engagement with leaders in the trenches especially when I am prepared to engage with them.
This tip alone will benefit you if you take it to heart and apply it.
Ask yourself right now: Who would help my professional growth more?
As you read this I’m in Orlando, Florida for the Global Pet Expo – put on by the American Pet Products Association and it’s a big deal for sure, especially for those manufacturers and suppliers to the professionals that provide products for pet lovers.
I have a very clear intent.
This is imperative for anyone who wants to get the most out of anything.
The word intention means: A thing intended, an aim or plan
My plan is to interview leaders about why loving a pet makes you a better leader. It’s also to see and support our Women in the Pet Industry Network members and talk about why being in the spring issue of Top Women in the Pet Industry Magazine is a savvy and smart idea.
I have goals for how many leaders I want and am interviewing. We’ve made a list of members to connect with and have a meet up planned. There are events to attend and learn from. We’ve created a schedule and matrix for our goals.
And – most people are less than clear about why they attend or exhibit at an event.
The reason I know this is from the plethora of press releases and invitations to visit booths with no apparent benefit except to be told about their product.
So, though it’s too late to come up with a clear intention for this expo, (though setting goals for your day is the start) I would challenge you to think about any and all events you attend. And plan what you want that is realistic and leading to your overall goal, whatever that goal is.
If you do the intention work – coming up with your aim, your plan then there is no doubt you will have a much more successful time.
Would love to hear how you set your intention for events. Please share!
AND – look for some of the interviews I’m doing in upcoming weeklies!