Journey to Genius

Planning ahead for 2019

Every year I reflect on the progress I make, and adapt my plan for the future. The plans themselves require continuous updating and rarely work out perfectly, yet I always find the exercise of planning both focusing and motivating. My daily goal continues to be to spend more time in my zone of genius as a Cultivator. I have to be creative and focused to find and embrace ways new to connect with others and help them.

By launching this blog I have been able to easily share my thoughts and ideas. The positive results are encouraging me to keep doing more. It is now December 2018 and I am excited about celebrating all the progress of 2018 and planning to explore the  new opportunities 2019 is going to bring.

Change is always inevitable so I seek it out, embrace it early, and position myself for a leveraged position to maximize my zone of genius.  How?

Seven steps to embrace change and your Zone of Genius:

  1. Look for something significant that is changing around you and that you care about.
  2. Ask yourself what outcome in an ideal world would be a win-win scenario. Write it down as a ‘word’ a ‘sentence’ and a ‘paragraph.’
  3. Imagine that outcome and what role and activities it would mean for you. Look for ways to start doing them immediately, focus on the ‘word’.
  4. Build relationships with people you see supporting the win-win scenario you envisage and ask them to suggest improvements.
  5. Plan creative way to, measure (Builder/Architects)  or assess (Visionary/Cultivators)  both qualitatively and quantitively. 
  6. Review ‘3’. – ‘immediate activities aligned to win win outcomes’ pick and prioritize the one that allows you to connect best with your zone of genius style.
  7. Seek out opportunities to celebrate the progress and regularly loop back from 2 – 6.

What this looked like for me in 2018.

  1. The ‘myezog’ web site is aging and under critical review ‘lacks credibility.
  2. Word:  Credibility.  Sentence: New modern integrated website that informs and attracts others.  Paragraph: Leveraging the learning over the last 6 years I want to be able to share new insights. I also seek to  interact with the growing community the ‘ezog’ quiz attracts. The goal is to make a new first impression and offer both substance and conversation.
  3. Launching a new URL – and using a flexible site the goal was to reposition the assessment and allow me to produce content in preparation for a ‘planned’ workbook . 
    • Immediate actions – reserve URL :Change twitter from @ezogmyezog to @myzoneofgenius: Find a wordpress course (thank you the the venture team in Coventry – UK): Opportunities to discuss the progress thank you to my community @venturecafe.
  4. I reached out to Srinivas Rao at the Unmistakable Creative and he generously offers to do a podcast with me.  I also started a monthly newsletter/update to quiz takers.
  5. Writing short blog posts helped clarify my ideas and provided content for action.  30+ people from one company used the assessment in an offsite and it encouraged me to clarify my business offering and offer insights on collective team dynamics and thinking styles.
  6. The digital marking side of me @netengage counts community growth and reach – twitter/ outreach etc. The cultivator is stimulated by the 100+ assessments taken every month.
  7. The new site is launched attracts steady and growing traffic and from the feedback I have solicited has added ‘Credibility’ to the project. Crossing the 10,000 results and our 7 year anniversary were additional milestones this year that support validation and usefulness.

I will be sharing some of my plans for 2019 in the January and look forward to hearing bout some of yours and how I can help.

cheers  Michael