silhouette on man on bench watching sunsetAbout a year ago I was at a workshop and Daniel Harkavy, CEO of Building Champions, was one of the presenters. At one point during his talk he asked all of us in the room this question: “What is the most important thing a leader can do for his or her business?” Hands were raised and some of the answers given were: develop people, communicate vision, make decisions, etc.

Daniel responded, “Of course all of those are important, but I will tell you that thinking is the most important thing you can do for your organization. He went on to share that his most important work came from setting aside scheduled, disciplined time to think.

We all use our brains throughout the work day to make decisions and solve problems. This kind of thinking is common. Uncommon is the leader who regularly schedules a block of time in his or her calendar specifically to think. Although not regularly enough, I have done this several times since I heard Daniel suggest it. It has always provided value for my life and business.

For 2014 I have decided to devote one of my runs each week to thinking. I’ll run alone with no iPod or phone turned on. I have found that my mind is better activated than if I am stationary.

Here are some of the things I intend to place my mind on during this “think” time:

  • Culture- What do I need to do to shape and deepen the culture of my organization?
  • Vision- How can I clarify it and better communicate it?
  • Strategy- How can we better implement our company’s strategic objectives?
  • People- What does my team need from me to better pursue their potential?
  • Problem Solving
  • Family Relationships
  • Dreams and Goals

I am optimistic that weekly time devoted to thinking (and running) will help me reach my goals, improve my life and generate stronger influence.

How about you? What are some things that you intend to think on in 2014?