In my experience a lot of business leadership teams invest an exorbitant amount of time discussing and making changes on the wheels of the vehicle the company is driving, while very little time is invested in the direction for the vehicle the ultimate destination.Read More
Strategic Discipline Blog
In Purpose - The Dickens of Your One Thing, Ebenezer Scrooge discovered, life is driven by the purpose we give it. There’s a catch Scrooge confronted. Purpose shapes our lives only in direct proportion to the power of the priority you and I connect it to.Read More
Do you remember the movie City Slickers?Read More
A foundational principal we will teach at the Scaling Up Workshop on Wednesday at our November 11th Scaling Up Workshop in Cedar Rapids, IA is One Thing. We recommend that when choosing a priority you choose One Thing for the year or your quarter to choose to focus on. It’s based on the principal that less is more.Read More
In Greg McKeown, Author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, recent blog he discussed the definition of priority: When the word priority came into the English language in the 1400s, it was singular. Think for a moment: What did it mean? The answer is the prior or very first thing. What’s interesting is it stayed singular for the next 500 years. It wasn’t until the 1900s that we came up with the pluralized term and started using the word priorities. But what exactly does the word mean? Can there be multiple very first things?Read More
Do you have the courage and conviction to say no?
How simple is it to make a dashboard? I’m waiting for the diagnosis from my biopsy. Still the University of Iowa has displayed on a bulletin board in my room a dashboard with some of the vitally important metrics for my condition.
If you want to improve something what should you do? First make it a priority, then begin measuring it. One of my clients and I share a goal to improve our lead generation activities. We‘ve been talking about improving performance for months and recently decided in order to improve our behavior we need to make this intention a priority. Establishing the priority came first. Then we had to decide to measure it and finally put accountability in place.
Since hearing Darren Hardy speak about the Compound Effect and the discipline required for success I’ve been working on establishing the rituals he recommended. Although I’ve considered myself to be a pretty disciplined person, the disciplines Hardy describes require a tenacity and determination that few are willing to follow.