The Hard Way or The Easy Way: Deciding Where to Focus?

I woke up this morning early because I was still energized by my busy Thursday.  I started with an 8 am breakfast with a CEO client.  We’ve worked together since 2005 and now our consultations occurs at The Ritz Carlton over breakfast.  He shares the successes his 1,200 person company is enjoying as well as some significant solutions in his son’s family owned business.  How does this leader determine what to focus on?  He is guided constantly by his commitment to excellence in business, of course, but also by his commitment to a high standard of gracious living and success for his community, his company, his people and his family.  He knows what is important and how to allocate his time and resources accordingly.

I got a voice mail a little later in the day from a former client in DC.  He so values connections with others that he stays in touch and reaches out when important events occur in my life.  This, from one of the most knowledgeable and influential people in DC in his industry.  An industry bombarded with intense pressure to provide higher quality of services at much lower costs while under tremendous regulatory scrutiny.

I ended my work day with my colleague, Barbara Ralston, in a meeting with a long-time client and one of his new executives.  This client has been an inspiration to me for over a decade because of his commitment to his people and his family.  He shared about coming back this week from the East Coast after taking his high achieving grandson to tour an Ivy League college as well as several other colleges and Universities and NYC, DC and Baltimore.  This leader knows how to make time for what is most important to him.

What gives these extraordinary leaders, at the pinnacle of their careers, the ability to take time out to think strategically with me, to celebrate successes and to invest time in growing their businesses, other family members and themselves?  They know their values and they use this self-knowledge to guide their day to day activities, their goals and their aspirations for others.

They do not allow themselves to be consumed by the challenge of the day!

What is missing in your life, career, business, and  calendar that prevents you from focusing on what is most important?

The Hard Way or The Easy Way: You Get to Choose

Do you find yourself reacting to the ‘challenge of the day’, putting out fires constantly, never having a minute to think about the big picture?  Okay, so none of us are like this all day, everyday but many of us spend too much of our time in this reactive mindset.

If we want to use The Easy Way, we have to use a different, more proactive mindset.

First we must get out of our comfort zone and use new and different approaches.  What got you here, won’t get you there, as they say.

Then we have to get the right people in the right roles driving the right results.  We have to do this right now!  We cannot transform  the culture of an organization from The Hard Way to The Easy Way(tm) without creating a sense of urgency and energy.  If you are working too hard, I guarantee all your people are not engaged with energy and enthusiasm.  Creating this energy and enthusiasm is the first step.

People are motivated and excited about winning.  The Easy Way makes the wins come frequently, consistently and strategically.

I will be blogging about this topic over the next few weeks so make sure to check back in to hear more about The Easy Way to Win(tm).

Need to change your mindset quickly? Try Journaling….

I had the privilege today to host the Phoenix Chapter of the International Coach Federation’s BlogTalkRadioShow. Ana Melikian, Phd ACC, has been producing this show for 2 years and I’ve been the host learning and growing as a result.

Today we interviewed Kim Ades of FrameofMindCoaching.com Her coaching program is focused primarily on journaling.

She shared some amazing stories of helping her clients build emotional resiliency by gaining greater awareness of their mindsets, their thoughts and their beliefs.

As someone who has been journaling since I was about 19 years of age, I found her approach to be quite powerful.

I hope you’ll listen to her show, view her website or enjoy our whitepaper on building reserves of time so you have time to think strategically and perhaps even do a bit of journaling: https://www.box.com/s/85832877701b13a08282

If you find this whitepaper or her approach to journaling valuable, please share a comment or two.