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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?

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.