Quantum Leap Results Require Certain Things

I wrote last week on my perspective on the requirements for Quantum Leap Results for Teams.  Today I want to focus on what it takes for us as individual leaders to consistently generate these kinds of results for ourselves and our teams.

For me, self-care is at the top of the list.  Without my consistent self-care, I don’t have the awareness to consistently make good decisions and communicate those decisions effectively and concisely.  Just ask my colleagues here at The Halpin Companies.  They can give you an ear-full about those times when I have not been faithful to my self-care.

In order to do the self-care like yoga, stretching, hiking, biking, spending time in Nature, I have to value myself as much as I value others.  This requires saying YES to my big vision for myself and for The Halpin Companies.  As Stephen Covey said, “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things.  And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside”.

I would say the Vision must be focused on the Quantum Leaps. That’s what Covey means by the ‘bigger yes burning inside’.

We have to give ourselves the gifts of self-care and a variety of ‘reserves of time’ to think, prepare, process.  When we give ourselves these gifts consistently and thoughtfully, the Quantum Leap Results come!  Not only do we create results that are sudden and dramatic, but we generate these results strategically, systematically and almost effortlessly.

Where could you benefit from a Quantum Leap Result today?

What’s missing in your self-care and think time that is needed to generate that Quantum Leap?

What’s the bigger ‘yes’ burning inside?  Value yourself enough to prioritize it today.

What is Required to Consistently Generate Quantum Leap Results?

From my perspective, we all want Quantum Leap Results but we don’t achieve them consistently because of a few simple things.

We must be willing to get out of our comfort zone and have honest, forthright conversations.

We must be willing to shift our mindset about others, our circumstances and situations.

We must be willing to play bigger, create environments where others are able to bring their best self and demonstrate the daily discipline to do it all again tomorrow,

It’s so simple but not easy.  Quantum Leap Results require self-care, self-awareness, self-management and self-leadership.

Ask yourself these questions?

What is missing in my self-care?  What kind of self-management would be required to generate some Quantum Leap Results?

It is not Rocket Science.

How big do you want yo play today?

Benefits of Board Service with NSA Arizona

There are many great benefits from serving on the Board of the Arizona Chapter of the National Speakers Association.  One of the most valuable is our Board Dinner meetings with our presenters the evening before.  Here we are with Ford Saeks.  If you are in Arizona and you are interested in internet marketing and leveraging your speaking career, this is not to be missed. Registration is available at NSA-Arizona.org.

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Katharine’s Definition of a High Performing Team

As a Team Alignment Expert, I feel confident in establishing my own definitions. Of course, because I am so opinionated, I do this all the time, not just in areas of expertise!

Here’s a really important Katharineism:

High Performing Teams consistently share 3 characteristics….

1) A shared Vision or Common Purpose

2) A commitment by each team member to each other’s individual success (no dog eat dog mindsets)

3) An ability to speak with one voice!

Yesterday while having a Halpin Company Alumni Association lunch with a fabulous senior executive in one of Arizona’s biggest and most successful companies, we were celebrating her Quantum Leap Results.  She reminded me that in order to build these kinds of teams, she had to do 3 things….

1) Throw People the Ball in a Way that Others could Catch It

2) Stay in the Conversation….

3) Be Proactive, not Reactive.  In order to do this, we both agreed we have to use lots of self-management approaches.

It is always great to celebrate successes but especially with former clients who you worked with in 2005-2008!  What successes have you had recently in forming high performing teams?

2013 Resolutions by Dear Abbey

This is something I intend to reflect on daily in 2013.  Dear Abbey (Pauline Phillips) adapted this from the original Al-Anon Credo.  It speaks for itself….

Just for today, I will live through this day only.  I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow.  I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. 

I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime. 

Just for today, I will be happy.  I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me.  If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

Just for today, I will accept what is.  I will face reality.  I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.

Just for today, I will improve my mind.  I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.  I will not be a mental loafer.

Just for today I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable.  I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I will not speak ill of others.  I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.  Just for today I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.