Last month we focused on Commitments to ‘What Matters Most’. It provided a contrast between resolutions, which tend to be short-lived and ephemeral, and the power of enduring commitments. Being clear on Commitments to ‘What Matters Most’ to you is essential to the pursuit of Exemplary Leadership™. So, lace up your hiking boots, keep an eye toward the summit and let us begin the ascent. (more…)
Short of “leaping tall buildings, running faster and being more powerful than…”, and despite our best of intentions and efforts, we simply cannot do it all. Much of what captures, holds our attention hostage, and consumes the majority of our time is externally imposed. However, we have the power and can choose to invest a few minutes each morning to re-commit and focus on ‘What Matters Most’ to us. This is not being selfish, a disregard for others, or an unwillingness to help others get their ‘What Matters Most’ needs met. It is simply an opportunity to identify, focus on and pursue what truly matters most. (more…)
I had resolved, once again, to refrain from buying my favorite cookies. Yet, I continued to give myself permission, “Oh, just once more….” During my next visit to the grocery, I mysteriously found myself back in the cookie section. How could this be happening time and time again? I had come to believe that the popular Lay’s potato chip slogan, “Bet you can’t eat just one”, was an omen and custom tailored for me. Speaking of tailors, my pants – progressively larger sizes – were a harbinger of my failed resolution.
As a follow-on to last week’s article, New Year COMMITMENTS to ‘What Matters Most’, I introduce a method for sustaining commitments. This article also illustrates the power and significance of simple, substantive and sustainable.
There are many iterations of the START, STOP, CONTINUE framework. I cannot take credit for the original concept, but I can take credit for developing my version of the framework and using it very successfully with numerous clients. The framework is simple and easy to use and delivers immediate and sustained impact (value of results). (more…)
I don’t subscribe to New Year Resolutions. Diets, gym memberships, getting more sleep, spending less, saving more, etc. are common resolutions. Yet research confirms that even the best of intended resolutions are not sustained and eventually lose steam. Or, even worse, become a predisposed set-up for failure.
I do subscribe to commitment and discipline. Commitment defined as dedication to a cause; discipline as a system of behavior. I find this combination to be liberating while also creating wealth. Liberating because we are free to choose and pursue what matters most to us; creating wealth – as true wealth is discretionary time – as a means to accomplish those things that matter. (more…)
Building sponsorship with key stakeholders at all levels of the organization is an essential part of implementing and sustaining key initiatives.Building sponsorship increases the odds for success and reduces the odds of failure. Despite good intentions, many best efforts often lead to bad results. (Please see last month’s article, Avoiding Flavor-of-the-Month Syndrome.) The good news is that there are several proven methods of building sponsorship that foster the implementation process and help sustain long-term desired results. (more…)