Guest Post by Pam Smith

On a recent conference call, there was a great question posed to our group of business leaders:

“What is your single word focus for 2014?”

As I thought about this question, my thoughts landed on a word that I used in a women’s conference presentation a couple of years ago: “Inpower”. That’s the word I’m focusing on for 2014!

How does “Inpower” differ from “Empower”?

Empowering those you lead means that it is your power, not theirs, and you are choosing to give it to them. If you give power to someone it stands to reason that you can also take it back and even give it to someone else. Empowering has a shelf life.

Rather than Empowering, I want to Inpower people!

I want to equip others by asking profound questions so that those in my sphere of influence can discover solutions that are down inside waiting to be unleashed through the catalyst of questioning.

When you Inpower others you can never take that power back because you never gave it to them in the first place; it was their power from the start.

This is my year of focus on Inpowering friends, colleagues, acquaintances, clients, you name it. I’ll be asking good questions…deep questions…thought provoking ones.

And while I’m thinking about it: “What is your single word focus for 2014?”

Bob’s Response:

Pam thanks for sharing this great question!   May I share my answer?

My single word focus for 2014 is the word “Focus!”

It has been said that 20% of our efforts create 80% of our results and that 80% of our efforts produce only 20% of our results.  Therefore one way to increase our individual productivity is to do more of whatever we are doing when we are doing the 20% that produces 80%.   Theoretically if you could “Focus” 40% of your efforts on your areas of greatest productivity you could see 160% results!  Or if you could focus 60% of your efforts on doing the things in your “Sweet Spot” you could see 240% results.  So for me I want to “Focus” on what I do best in 2014!  Another benefit is that working in my areas of Strength is that it almost effortless and never seems like work!

Pam Smith and 9 Ways

Pam Smith – VP for Student Advancement at Biblical Seminary www.biblical.edu and Author of: Nine Ways Woman Sabotage Their Careers

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4 thoughts on “What Is Your Single Word Focus for 2014?

  1. Thanks for today’s post! I applaud the idea of selecting a single word for the year. I deeply resonate with Pam’s wonderful choice, “inpower.” And I’m challenged by Bob’s remarks on “focus!” Now, to figure out which word I’ll select for 2014!

    1. Bob Tiede says:

      Thanks David! I am confident you will figure it out! Please let us know when you land on your “single word focus” for 2014!

  2. thank you, Bob,
    I always have a theme or word and this year it is “Unleash.” The plan is to let go of and unleash everything that may be holding me back from being the best me that God created!

    Unleash…
    – brain power
    – energy
    – creativity
    – confidence
    – money (be much more generous)
    – fears
    – LOVE to all I meet
    – and unleash my deep hunger for Jesus. (I’m looking up scripture connected with this.

    I will journal every day and document what I unleashed that day! Very exciting indeed!

    Thanks for asking, but then, that’s what you do!

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

    1. Bob Tiede says:

      Elizabeth, “Unleash” Love it! Great Single Word Focus for 2014!

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