Leadership development: Always Have an Eye on the Future…

When it comes to leadership, how do you stay ahead of the competition? How do you innovate in your niche? How can your team think differently when most people hold on tightly to what they know? To have the competitive advantage, it’s all about keeping your eye on the future and looking for opportunities.

Finding opportunities can be difficult. in my experience, it is easiest to identify opportunities vs. create them. But make no mistake, identifying opportunities takes real effort. 

Here are 5 ways you can open your mind and begin see possibilities in front of you.

  1. Read more, and all not social media.
  2. Look for trends in your customer’s behavior, stress points, and issues.  They are opportunities to solve.
  3. Don’t assume what you have known is applicable now. Being in the “know” limits what you can see.
  4. Opportunities with bad execution are lost opportunities that cost you time and money.
  5. Hang with people who are smarter and don’t see things through your same view finder.  Think with them.  They will open your world.

When you are constantly asking yourself “What opportunity is this presenting me?” you will be surprised to find out how much room for growth, innovation, and change presents itself.

Be an opportunity identifier!