What is holding you back from a performance breakthrough? Often it is not that or them; it may be you.
When I wrote the book The Pivot: Orchestrating Extraordinary Business Momentum, I was somewhat surprised when after boiling down all the possible indicators of what makes a leader successful in leading a vibrant business, and achieving Aligned Momentum, there were just six (listed at the end of this article).
Mastery Mindsets is the second key indicator in the first group of three, which indicate a readiness for brilliant execution of strategy. Your business cannot be vibrant, and you and all those in your organization cannot be nimble, without the openness, curiosity, courage, integrity and grit to continue to grow. Continued growth is the path of mastery.
You may be wondering how “vibrant business” is defined. I define it as:
A vibrant business commands the highest valuation, stays ahead of the competition, and is a great place to work.
Continue reading “Leaders, here are 3 ways to grow, and inspire others to keep growing”
Get clear and be clear. As a leader if you do anything very well, be a master of communication so that everyone is clear and aligned toward strategic objectives.
Want people to be both aligned and engaged? Be clear in a way that connects what they desire for themselves to what the business needs from them in their role.
To foster collaboration in any workplace, it is critical to recognize that not every person celebrates the same holidays and even if two people do celebrate the same holiday it is done often in different ways.
What might you do to show that you truly care to understand another person’s point of view, and to have the authentic curiosity to learn more about how their point of view came about?
On holidays of any nation, and every day, let’s be grateful that we can choose what to believe and how to BE.
Executing a plan requires alignment. Executing on time requires momentum. Executing brilliantly, including shifting quickly when the facts change while staying on track with strategic objectives, requires Aligned Momentum.
Aligned Momentum Key Indicators help you track progress in your Pivot from an incremental, traditional and/or rigid business culture to a culture with Aligned Momentum. Aligned Momentum leads to brilliant execution of strategy.
Aligned Momentum Key Indicators
To support brilliant execution of strategy
- 1) Clarity: Getting clear, being clear.
- 2) Mastery Mindset: Open, growing mind.
- 3) Nimble Decision-making: Best next step.
To prepare you for a better future
- 4) Strategic Thinking: Play the movie.
- 5) Talent Adaptability: Roles fit strategy.
- 6) Coaching: Manager as coach.
It’s subtle. Yet it is powerful. That is: The internal pull to do what fits in – what doesn’t stir things up – because speaking out would be too uncomfortable. What is uncomfortable feels risky.
Yet by not speaking up you are also taking a risk, and perhaps a bigger risk than if you spoke up.
Every time we choose we are telling our brains that this is what we want.
To keep momentum and reach your desired destination… be focused & nimble.
Focus is important. “You get what you focus on,” which in a business is typically what you measure. Keeping track of progress and outcomes helps with focus.
But you also must stay nimble – open, aware, and adaptable – to move around obstacles or to adjust a course. Sometimes what is being measured is not leading toward longer term strategic objectives. And sometimes strategy needs to change.
Who in your organization has a role in executing strategy? Answer: Everyone.
Who in your organization has a clear understanding of how they fit strategy?* Your answer indicates if there is momentum, or a stall, in your future. Continue reading “Who Executes Strategy?”
This first post in the Extraordinary Momentum Series offers 5 key ideas to help you get clear about best next steps, and how you can help others get clear about their best next steps.
When you are nimble, you are aware and open. You rarely get blocked or stuck. If you do – if someone, something, or even your own mindset or limiting beliefs – get in your way, you have what it takes to move around, over, under, through.
- Let’s talk about being nimble – in business, career, life…It’s so possible!
Whether you think you are over-explaining or you’ve just been told that you do this, you may or may not truly be over-explaining. Consider what you are explaining and why. And then do one more thing… (take a simple one-phrase self-assessment). Continue reading “Are you over-explaining? Assessing your own courage may give you the answer”