The Power of Community…It takes a team to gain the full value of experiences and integrate learnings

Thank YOU @ClateMask and your team of experts at #Infusionsoft for ICON15   http://attendicon.com/ 

 

I had the privilege of attending, for the first time, #ICON15, Infusionsoft’s annual users Conference. I’ve been attending conferences since the late 1970s and ICON15 was my best conference experience ever:

 

* the speakers were dynamic and so generous sharing their expertise

* the content shared was cutting edge yet practical.

 

This experience will significantly affect the growth of Infusionsoft customers’ businesses.  There were 4,000 in attendance so the impact to local economies will be extraordinary.

 

The Phoenix Convention Center has been a great venue.

 

With all of these extraordinary experiences, the best has been the community.  I’ve been able to connect with my colleagues and friends from

 

* the AZ Chapter of the National Speakers’ Association #NSA-AZ,

* the Phoenix Chapter of the International Coach Federation #ICFPhoenix

* and the local Phoenix Business Community.

 

The ability to:

 

* learn,

* integrate the learnings,

* brainstorm ideas, and

* solidify plans with my own community of colleagues that I respect and trust made the conference an even more valuable experience.
As small business owners, we tend to isolate, use white knuckle approaches to deliver results and just work too hard for too long!  Thanks to #Infusionsoft, we now have the tools to grow our business exponentially and with significantly less effort.

 

What a great experience to position myself and The Halpin Companies for exponential growth and do to this inside a team environment which will provide

* follow-up,

* accountability and

* ongoing support over the next year.

 

This gives us all the experience of ‘team’ we so often miss because we are small business owners.

 

#ItsLonelyAtTheTop  #Awesome!

For more information about me, please watch this quick video of testimonials:

 

 

 

For more information about The Halpin Companies, please view our website at www.HalpinCompany.com

 

For more information about our methods, please see our book, Alignment for Success: Bringing Out the Best in Yourself, Your Teams and Your Company, Available on Amazon:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Alignment-Success-Bringing-Yourself-Company-ebook/dp/B00RI5QJW8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428698655&sr=1-1&keywords=alignment+for+success

 

#AlignmentForSuccess  #LeadYourTeams

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Momma! Using an Effective Process vs Sticking Our Heads in the Sand

My baby brother, Uncle Willie Boy (UWB), complained that my new book Alignment for Success, Bringing Out the Best in Yourself, Your Teams and Your Company, did not include a picture of him or a Chapter about him. So…here’s a picture when he was about 5 years old and I was about 10 or 11.  He’s in the orange shirt:

 

 

Family Xmas Aunt Katies 1969

 

 

My book, my work  and my life are based on all the gifts and life lessons provided by my Momma and Daddy back in Vicksburg, MS.  Today we all celebrate, what would have been, our Momma’s 84th Birthday, 2/13/2015.

 

She left us on May 18, 2013 and we are all still processing our grief in a variety of ways.

 

Because this grief process has been so fascinating to me and because so many of my colleagues, clients, friends and loved ones are dealing with aging parents and their, sometimes untimely, deaths, I’ve reflected on this concept of applying what I know about the value of  process to my own grieving.

 

When I say “untimely deaths” what I really mean is that sometimes our healthcare system keeps people alive who should just be left to die in peace. I believe my Momma and my Granny both lived just a couple of years too long.

 

Their loss of dignity in those final years and the poor quality of their day to day lives was not worth those extra years, in my opinion.

 

So many of my clients, a few in particular, think of process as bureaucratic and unproductive.  While process can certainly slow down decision-making and results, I find that without a well thought-out, disciplined, focused process, the results will be disappointing or the decisions unsustainable.  Worse, without process, we are unaware of the learnings and opportunities for us as individuals, as members of teams, as leaders and as family members.

 

Given that it’s my Momma’s birthday today and two good friends lost their Dads in the last month, I thought it might be valuable to share my experience of using my beliefs around the value of process to move through my own grief.

 

I certainly did not set out to bring a formal process to my grief.  I didn’t believe I would even experience any grief.  My Momma had been so sick and so high maintenance for all 5 of her children, all her birth and adopted grandchildren, her cousins and her friends we all imagined that the relief we felt would cancel out any grief.

 

At least that’s what I imagined because I was trying to apply logical thinking.  We had lost our Dad when he was only 55, in 1984.  Because we were all so young and scattered across the globe, none of us processed that grief collectively, or as in my case, properly.

 

To say that the week of her death was stressful for all of us is, as you might imagine, a significant understatement.  None of us had any process or had the awareness that we should put some process or a Plan in place.

 

My 4 siblings and I did come together by conference call to determine the date of the Memorial Service.  While my older sister wanted it within a few days, we finally settled on the following Saturday to allow for a reasonable travel period for those of us who lived away from our hometown, Vicksburg, MS.

 

That was pretty much the last productive process we utilized that week as we prepared her Memorial Service and her final “let down” party afterwards. My sister, Harley and her husband, Rick fed over 250 people while also housing so many of us that week.

 

Some of my siblings were still reeling because Momma had donated her body to science and the technicians from the University of Mississippi Medical Center arrived so quickly after her death they felt incomplete. When I asked my siblings why they were so troubled when they had known for more than 40-years that she wanted to donate her body to science, they all had different responses.  The best response came from my older sister, Harley.  She said that, while she knew of Mother’s wishes, she never imagined she would get the required documentation submitted.  Securing a stamp and an envelope were tasks my Momma did not engage in effectively. Harley was not aware than when I visited the month before Momma’s death we completed all required documentation and I got it in the mail when I got back to Phoenix.

 

We didn’t use much process for all the preparations and I didn’t use any process when I tried to compile her financial records and start to remove the various assortment of durable medical equipment from her home. I did however, stay focused on my Vision that the 5 of us would be even closer when we got through this tremendous loss.  That Vision gave me a purpose too.  I tried to take even better care of myself in the weeks that followed her death because I saw how ineffective I had been without a process or a Plan.

 

During August when my siblings attempted to clear out her home there was tremendous friction as everyone processed their grief in various ways. They did attempt to use some process, thanks to my two sisters.  I would summarize the primary emotion of my siblings and some of my nieces that week as anger.  No one brought their best self, initially, to these gut wrenching weeks.  I, fortunately, was not there and was able to remain a bit more objective.  I kept re-stating my Vision.  I had said repeatedly that I was holding the vision that Momma’s 5 children would be even closer once we moved through the process of settling her Estate.  Some of my siblings did not believe this was possible but I kept holding that vision, regardless of the stress and tension.

 

A full 7 months after her passing.  I was celebrating the settlement of her small, yet complex Estate on Uncle Willie Boy’s birthday week-end in late October 2013.  All 5 of us, my nieces and nephews and many of their cousins from my two brothers-in-law, all gathered for that birthday party and then at Ole Miss since Katharine Halpin (Kay Kay) DeRosette was Miss Ole Miss for Homecoming.  We all thought about Momma all week-end because she would have been so happy for Kay Kay to receive this recognition.  However, almost all of us were delighting that she wasn’t with us.  We’d spent too many week-ends with her at Ole Miss, MS State and Auburn where she required special accommodations and I don’t just mean a handicapped hotel room.

 

I only started to apply some sense of a process and a plan on Day 13 of our standard 14-day “stay-cation” over the holiday season in December 2013 and January 2014.  

 

I believe it took this experience of real rejuvenation for me to become aware that there was a profound feeling of sadness and to have the time and space for that sadness and grief to emerge. Prior to this time, I was often at risk for ‘forcing outcomes’ in an effort to close her Estate instead of remembering my Vision and commitment.

 

We take these two weeks off at the Holidays every year for a variety of reasons.

 

Most importantly, I believe in the power of investing in myself.  I know that I need unbooked, unscheduled, time at home.  As a matter of fact, I crave this kind of time.  I like to have, on a regular basis, even more time to experience my daily rituals of yoga, meditation and journaling and if I rely just on week-ends to get this extra time, I’m often left feeling a void.

 

We used to do a lot of entertaining over the Holidays but realized after Momma’s death that the fatigue of her death meant we needed the full rejuvenation, not just periodic experiences during the 14-days.  This was a major gift from my Momma’s death for which I am very grateful.  That’s not to say that I haven’t felt awkward not spending time with the good friends we used to entertain.  We just had to make a choice that honored ourselves and our own needs first and foremost.

 

I also take this time off in an effort to be a role-model for my clients and to encourage them to take big chunks of time away from the office.  My life and career have taught me the power of getting away from work.  Now, with most of us attached to our devices during the workday and into the evening, I believe even more that we have this need for time away from work and even structured vacations, recreation and rigid self-care.  One of my former coaches, Vickie Champion, always coached me to let go of the rigor of my Rigorous Program of Self-Care that I adopted during my Coach U training that started in mid-1995.

 

My clients who have adopted this belief too find that their perspective is so much wider and more balanced when they return to the office.  When I was a workaholic CPA, I could not see the forest for the trees.  I believed everything was urgent and I was the most competent person to do everything.  I can hardly believe how misguided I was!  When I see people working late in to the evening, I shudder to think about the poor quality of their decisions and the lack of effectiveness in their productivity.

 

I took Day 14 of our stay-cation as a retreat day for myself since the grief had come up on Day 13.  I knew that the emotions flowed better when I was doing my yoga so I did it three or four times over that retreat day.  I went back and forth between that and my journaling; much like i am doing today on my Momma’s birthday.

 

By about 3 o’clock that afternoon I had developed a theme.  I realized I needed a theme for the entire year, 2014, so as to honor my Momma every day and give myself permission and the needed space to experience the grief in a positive, healthy way.  Stuffing and storing our emotions and feelings are never effective approaches.  Especially if we want to bring our best self to life and work and create an environment where others are motivated to bring their best self too.

 

My Theme for 2014 and now moving into 2015 continues to be:

 

Faith, Freedom and Fun

 

My Momma and I shared a deep faith.  For her, it was the Holy Spirit and she felt that Spirit and talked about that Spirit daily.  She was a life-long Catholic and attended daily Mass on and off during her lifetime.  Even in the last few years that she was able to drive she would get out of the house when it was still dark and drive herself and her scooter to early morning Mass.  We also experienced, with my Dad, the Catholic Charismatic Prayer movement in the early 1970s along with some hippies and Nuns.  That experience strengthened our faith in immeasurable ways and gave us both a place to better articulate and share our faith. In the late 1970s, thanks to my maternal grandmother, we both experienced a Cursillo, a movement within many denominations to deepen one’s experience with a faith community.  That’s why I picked Faith first for my theme. My Momma and I had shared so many rich faith experiences together.

 

I picked Freedom for my theme because my Momma lived her life freely.  She was raised during the depression, her family had a history of alcoholism and like so many families in the South, never accumulated much cash.  But she never felt encumbered with responsibility or obligation.  She did what she enjoyed and she said what she thought.  While some people, even one of our Parish Priests, inquired if we might have felt disadvantaged by our Momma’s bohemian approach to life in the 1960s and 1970s in the South, none of her children appeared to be permanently scarred by those experiences that were less than nurturing.  For me that included being randomly forgotten at both kindergarten and elementary school.  I also passed the Silent Butler ashtray and mixed cocktails at age 5 when our parents entertained.

 

With freedom, came fun for us and our Momma.  We had a nice balance between trauma and excitement.  I knew while my Momma had felt a tremendous since of freedom, adventure and fun in her life, I had not.  I started at a very early age to take responsibility for things that were not my responsibility.  As a result, I knew Freedom was perfect for my theme.  It’s the final frontier for me, I hope!

 

I arrived at Fun because, like Freedom, my Momma had more experiences of fun than I had enjoyed.  Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had a great life with lots of fun. For me though, my fun has to be scheduled, planned and on time and on budget. My mother cared nothing of those things and pretty much had fun all day every day; joking with her friends at the grocery store check-out, telling funny  stories, singing with her children while driving her VW Bus around town and living her life on her on terms.  All of this was under the disapproving eyes of our Dad and our Granny, Momma’s Momma.  Granny was the epitome of a fine southern Lady and Momma rarely met her expectations of what an adult female, mother of 5, should look like or act like.

 

Over the past year I’ve reflected, almost daily, on this Theme of Faith, Freedom and Fun. It’s become another mantra for me to remind myself of my Vision for my life, my vision for my connections with my siblings and for all that I want to accomplish. It’s has also served as my Purpose.  It’s not my Why – why I do what I do in my firm, The Halpin Companies, but as a daily reminder of the Purpose of my daily habits and self-care.  .  Instead it serves as the basis for my Plan of Action for bringing my best self consistently.  My plan is based on a program of Self-Care reduced to a few critical but easy Daily Habits.  Because of these habits, this Vision, my Purpose and a plan,  I’ve been able to work through my grief in a healthy, productive, empowering way that has made my life and career measurably better.

 

2014 produced a number of significant milestones for me and my siblings and we anticipate 2015 being even better.  I feel my Momma’s presence every day, even the days when I don’t get dressed for work and put on my pearls that she gave me on my 45th Birthday.

 

To feel her presence with me daily, to feel closer to her today than ever before, to feel her hand guiding me to be bolder and play bigger, to laugh out loud more often and to live life more fully, are blessings that I could never have imagined.

 

I feel as if I’m living the life she always wanted for me.  I wore the paisley bow-ties and suits women CPAs and Attorneys wore to work in the 1980s.  The only problem with my wardrobe was that I wore those garments way into the 1990s…long after they were not fashionable any more. My Momma was always after me to ‘get with the program’ and wear color and comfortable clothes.

 

Thanks to my Momma’s death, I  saw the need to put a process around these past 21-months, I feel more joy, more peace of mind and more optimism than I ever imagined possible.

 

One of my clients who is 59 but still has both his mother and grandmother living shared something important with me after my Momma’s death.  He said that we never fully mature and grow up until we’ve lost both of our parents.  I told him I imagined that my siblings and I would be affected in a profound way but I had no idea how profound and how beneficial this process would be for me.

 

I certainly feel closer to all siblings over these past months too.  What a joy to be able to spend more time with them in more relaxed ways than our Momma’s needs and health permitted.  Our connections are more authentic yet more fun than ever before as adults.

 

Happy Birthday Momma!

 

 

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Wise Leaders Embrace “Benign Subversives”

Originally posted on Linked 2 Leadership:

Benign Subversives 

We all hate naysayers, snipers and back room gossips. They subvert our vision, undermine our message and divert attention from our objectives. They must be rooted out, disciplined, fired!

“Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.” ~ Henry Steele Commager

Valuing the Truth

I understand you, I really do. But if you are to excel as a leader you must develop a taste for high quality. sometimes unpalatable,  knowledge about the “State of the nation.”

You need to discern clearly between corrosive people and other people who simply don’t see it your way, but are nonetheless well-meaning and really want the organisation to succeed.

These are the “Benign Subversives.”

As a leader, you should embrace them as important allies, uncomfortable as it may be at first!

Recognizing the Benign Subversives

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I’m going to approach my 2014 Goals differently….

My primary Goal for our firm for 2014 is to continue to expand our platform exponentially. To continue to take our proven methodology and tools to bigger and bigger audiences and to let go of the obstacles that have prevented this in the past.

Of course, the biggest, oldest, toughest obstacle or barrier to growing The Halpin Companies has historically been me, Katharine Halpin. I am very pleased to report that this longstanding obstacle has finally been moved aside.

Every new client that comes to us has engaged our firm because I have asked them one question. After they share their vision and goals, I ask them, “do you want to approach this the easy way or the hard way”?

Invariably, they respond, “of course, the easy way!”

Then we get started.

If I know this and can facilitate, what I call quantum leap results for our clients, why haven’t I been able to utilize this approach and let our firm do things the easy way?

My commitment is to use the easy way in 2014 methodically and consistently, as a team! For me, the team approach is an absolute requirement. It is the only way for me to be successful.

We are going to achieve our goals the easy way by utilizing the same methodology and tools our clients learn from us…

1. We will focus as much on the process we use to drive results as we we will on the desired results.

By this I mean I will take the time, in advance, to share my vision and specific goals with the team and spend as much time as is required for them to own this vision and our plan as their own. We will then employ a variety of interim checkpoints to assess and revise our plans regularly. We will do this step for every project, new initiative and endeavor.

2, I will get the right people in the right roles, based on each individual’s strengths.

3. When we miss an opportunity or a deadline, I will take time to articulate what was missing. I will do this first for myself and then with the team.

Were we missing a collective commitment? Or, was one of us missing an individual commitment?

Were we lacking the skills?

Were we simply lacking the structure such as a detailed plan of action and some interim checkpoints?

When I am consistent in maintaining this strategic mindset The Halpin Companies enjoys exponential growth and success. More importantly, this success comes to us strategically and without a lot of effort. We rarely experience much stress when we follow these critical steps.

As we enter our 19th year, don’t you think it’s time I walk my talk consistently?

What obstacles could you remove or move aside in order to achieve your 2014 goals more strategically and more effortlessly?

Driving Results! It’s Just Not That Complicated IF You Sustain the Right Mindset

When was the last time you were frustrated, overwhelmed, or fatigued?  For me that was yesterday!  Because of some family commitments, I had not had a day for rejuvenation in two weeks.  I was tired and my mindset was not positive.

Once I had an afternoon of relaxation, time soaking in the hot springs here in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and a good night’s sleep, my perspective was much more balanced and clear.

The key to getting into and sustaining the right mindset is to adopt the perspective of a Scientist.  To maintain an attitude of, ‘I am just experimenting. I am collecting data and learning from every iteration.  I am developing new plans and approaches from these learnings.  Most importantly, I am developing myself both personally and professionally because of the learnings and the experiments.’

To sustain that mindset of a Scientist allows us to be grateful for the good times and the hard times.

To be able to be grateful for our situation and circumstances is one of the most powerful approaches to having a life, family, community, company and career you love.  Once you have this gratitude and appreciation, its easier to build on what is working and create more of that.

This provides the opportunity to be generous with yourself and others.

Then all the good experiences tend to multiply and the limiting, frustrating situations tend to melt away.

Where you could you adopt the mindset of a Scientist today?

Driving Results! It’s just not that complicated…..

What are the factors that drive results?

Certainly getting the right people in the right roles is Priority #1.  Without this fundamental in place, you’ll always be in reaction mode.

Once you have the Right People in The Right Roles, you are ready to drive the Right Results.

When  someone is not being successful in driving results, it is typically because one of 3 things is missing:

1). Their own personal commitment, or their will to succeed

2).  Their skills (see above)

3).  The structures that the organization provides.

99.9% of the time it is because the structure is inadequate, incomplete or not easy to follow.

The very best tool I’ve found in my 40+ year career is a Jack Welch tool, Execute to Win:  www.etw.com

This ideology, methodology and cloud-based technology aligns your people to strategy and measures not just results but objectively measures each individual’s performance and results related to the culture.  For more information about this revolutionary tool or to schedule a demo, email me at [email protected]

The Hard Way or The Easy Way! It’s just not that complicated…..

Lynn Taylor’s definition of leadership is knowing which approach to use when.  I think it might be a bit more complicated but not by much.

His Core Values Index profiles both our strengths and growth opportunities.  Lynn believes we all are made up of 4 core value energies and his assessment gives us a numerical score in each. His revolutionary tool goes further to indicate our growth opportunities related to either bringing more or less of each of these energies

Do we bring enough personal power to move people into action to drive results and create winning teams?  Do we get the volume turned up too high on this energy occasionally and intimidate others.

Do we value the relationships over the results?

Do we spend so much time in the ‘idea’ phase of our projects that desired outcomes shift so often that results lag?

Or do we develop such a strong sense of right and wrong that we become inflexible? Are we at risk for adopting a mindset of aloofness?

The key is to know ourselves, be able to astutely assess others and have enough reserves of time in place so we can prepare thoughtfully.  When we have this information and give ourselves these gifts of time, we can routinely bring out the best in others and creating winning teams and results.

 

For more information about Lynn’s Core Values Index (CVI) ™, and to take your complimentary assessment, click here  http://halpincompany.com/assessments/

Freedom and Independence from Our Judgments

Happy 4th of July to our US-based readers. I hope you all get an experience of real rejuvenation over this 4-day holiday.

I find that most of us benefit from regular periods of rest and relaxation.  As a matter of fact, I believe we all experience overwhelm on a regular basis and most of us cannot articulate this experience.  Our colleagues and loved ones just find us to be crabby periodically!

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the enormity of your challenges and the obstacles in front of you?

Do you even experience a recurring sense of fatigue from your obligations?

Consider for a moment that all of this might disappear easily and, even permanently, if we could find a way to let go of the shoulda, woulda, couldas.

Do any of these mindsets resonate for you?

* This situation (fill in the blank) should not be this way!

* This guy doesn’t get it!

* This team is never going to perform!

When we allow ourselves to linger in these perspectives, mindsets, and judgments, we severely limit our effectiveness.

We put up barriers to our best thinking and actions.

We put up barriers between ourselves and our colleagues.

We limit the potential for a positive, productive and timely outcome.

The key for all of us is to maintain the mindset and perspective of a Scientist who is conducting multiple experiments everyday.  We want to gather data and the facts. We want to conduct experiments to prove or disprove our theorems and hypothesis.  We want to learn from every iteration of every experiment.  “Boy, that approach sure didn’t work with Bob!”

The key is to remain curious and fascinated.  We cannot let ourselves go to the place of becoming judgmental.  Bob will sniff it out as quickly as a dog sniffs fear.

If you have clear evidence that Bob is, in fact, a real idiot, please review our Blog Posts on gratitude.  If you like this approach, you might enjoy our free e-book at www.teamalignmentstrategies.com

I hope you get to celebrate your new-found freedom and independence from the judgments that weigh us down and cause fatigue, worry and ineffectiveness.

The Hard Way or The Easy Way: Decision-Making

Decision-making is one of the most important responsibility of leaders, second only to getting the right people in the right roles.  Unfortunately, very few leadership teams know how to make decisions that will withstand the test of time.  How can we all make better decisions?

They key is to start with the hard facts, objective data that is well organized and easy to understand.  Once we have the facts in front of everyone, it is more difficult for any one of us to make up stories based on our own agenda or perspective.

The next step is to establish a process and timeframe for making a decision.  The process should specify roles for each team member (facilitator, context provider, decion-maker, etc) and the desired outcome.  Everyone should have a clear understanding of the problem to be solved.  The process should include enough time and discussion to ensure everyone buys in to the problem statement and objectives.  Otherwise, team members might unintentionally sabatoge decisions down the road.

Decision-making like all aspects of leadership is not difficult.  But, with all components of effective leadership, it requires getting out of our comfort zone, getting out of our typical distracted states and focusing in a strategic and proactive manner.

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.

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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