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Strategic Discipline Blog
With the Growth Summit starting Tuesday and our Gazelles Coaching meetings not beginning until Monday this is a modification of a blog (Subjectivity & Objectivity – Required Business Disciplines) written in September of 2010 and another (Critical Numbers - People/Relationship Drivers)in December 2012 . Flying on Delta to Las Vegas reminded me of an example we often provide on the critical need for balance in setting priority for your business. I’ve updated the content to reflect the emphasis to balance the two drivers, people and productivity, in your business.
In the first or second grade I recall being in a parade of students ushered into our small home town theatre to watch the movie Ben Hur. Going to a movie back then (circa 1960) was a big event. The theatre had provided our Catholic Elementary school the entire theatre to show the movie Ben Hur. Watching a movie on the big screen, before there were big screens in every home for TV, was awe inspiring. I’ve grown to love the movie. One of the conflicts in the movie is Judah Ben Hur’s rivalry with Messala, a roman tribune.
Working with our client’s one critical element to make sure a business does not get out of balance is making sure when you choose your priorities you balance your productivity measures with a people or relationship measurement. It’s your critical number that assures your effort to build more productivity doesn’t hurt the relationships with your customers, employees or shareholders.
Overuse. In the Power of Full Engagement the authors use an example of a sprinter versus a long distance runner. The picture here suggests the contrast of someone who is constantly overusing their energy resources versus the person who recovers after short sprints. Underuse could dramatically show someone who is obese, fails to exercise at all. Yet the important thing to recognize is the critical balance we must make in using our energy and not using it.
One of the things I’ve prided myself on is carrying a good attitude and being positive no matter what this AML brought. Laugh, joke, smile and be thankful to the people who care for you and always expect the best. Always!!
If you’ve not seen Dan Pink's video yet RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us, I urge you to view it. Pink presented his views on human behavior and motivation during the Phoenix Growth Summit. I’ll have more on his offerings in future blogs.
Aubrey Daniels in Bringing Out the Best in People insists leaderships’ role in the employee feedback loop is, “… is not to find fault or place blame, but to analyze why people are behaving as they are, and modify the consequences to promote the behavior they need.”