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Leadership, Awareness, and Growth

Stay in the Moment August 26, 2010

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There’s a great blog from Success Magazine’s Flip Flippen called The Gift of Presence. http://blog.success.com/channels/relationships-channels/flip-flippen-the-gift-of-presence/

NOW – this exact moment – is the only one we truly have. It is also the one that matters when considering the quality with which we are living our life as it is both within our control and reach. Thus, it is our best opportunity to create the results we want in our life.

Observe yourself for a day. How many times do you find yourself multi-tasking, distracted in a meeting, checking email while on a conference call? Through observation of myself and others, I have learned the brain is incapable of performing at a high level, innovatively solving problems, and deeply engaging with others when it’s attention is split. Thus, it stands to reason that results generated when attention is split are less than the best.

This likely isn’t a newsflash to anyone. But then, why do most people struggle to stay present in the moment, giving undivided attention and effort to what or who is at hand? What would occur if we practiced presence for just one week? This very well may be the best “performance enhancing tool” we could try.

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Do you Play in the Gray of Integrity? August 12, 2010

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Wikipedia defines integrity as “the quality of having an intuitive sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to the motivations for one’s actions.”

In the workplace, we find ourselves among co-workers who root from diverse backgrounds, possess divergent perspectives, and have experienced a myriad of dramatic life stories. We experience these people through the darkest and brightest seasons of their lives, and often we are exposed to more details than their families and friends simply due to the number of hours we spend together at work.

Most of us are committed to demonstrating integrity with those we love; however, the workplace is unique. Yet, high integrity and character do not discriminate. We cannot maintain a life of integrity if we make exceptions. How conscious are you about your commitment to preserving trustworthiness with your peers? Do you protect their privacy? Or do you engage in gossip about or with your peers? Do you share the details of their darkest seasons with others?

Degrees of personal separation can make it easier to loosen our lips and rationalize gossip. And yet, we’ve probably all learned the hard way that betraying the trust of another does the most harm to us. Honoring someone else regardless of the type of relationship has everything to do with preserving our own integrity.
I love the book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. One of his basic tenets for wise living is to be impeccable with our word. From the cover of his book, “Be Impeccable With Your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” Imagine a workplace, or planet for that matter, where everyone chose to live this way. It is a choice, and we can choose for ourselves in every moment. Choose Well!

 

Getting Clear on Your Core Values August 3, 2010

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Recently, we took the time to clearly define our core values as a business. We defined core values as the qualities we want to consistently demonstrate as a business, and thus the qualities we want to hire and foster in our team, our partners, and our relationships with customers.

The key is writing them down and (over)communicating them. When you take that step, you simplify hiring decisions, begin to attract the right people who will thrive in your unique environment, and draw a line in the sand on how you make decisions and engage with the broader world. Customers and partners know what to expect, and employees feel a deeper “knowing” of who you are as a business.

Of course, this is dependent on nailing the right values that truly represents “who” your business is. It takes some time and massaging to find the right words, prioritize the myriad of values you have, and to ensure it rings true with how the business operates and what you honor and reward from your team.

Once you identify it, everyone who knows your business should say “EUREKA… That’s it!” That’s the litmus test for authenticity. If, for example, you have high value for COMPASSION and yet drive a culture fixated on profit, people will furrow their eyebrows and not only discard the core values but also begin to question either your integrity or your awareness of the truth.

Our core values are 1) Integrity, 2) Humility, 3) Mental Engagement, 4) Optimism, and 5) Passion & Energy. Summed, they are the essence of how we show up and play. It’s not for everyone, but it is who we are and who we intend to remain even as we grow, change, and evolve.

Unearthing, exploring, and naming your core values is a great exercise that will generate passionate discussion amongst your stakeholders. Core values are not to be compromised: they are grounding and stabilizing. In times of conflict or chaos, they bring teams back to the simple, linear truth of who you are and what you honor.