As I explain in great detail in my book, The Transformative Leader, the desire to be a High Performance Organization (HPO) is not the distinguishing factor between companies. Everybody wants to be an HPO. It is that desire, along with the concomitant commitment, discipline and actions necessary to become one that separates the Transformative Leaders from the rest. The process of becoming an organization that systematically delivers and sustains high performance involves the creation of a High Commitment Culture (HCC).
I am a frequent traveler and I have come to value the massive amount of time I spend in airports and on airplanes as my time, to relax, listen to music, read and respond to emails, or watch a movie on my iPad. To that end, I have developed a habit of putting on my “I don’t really want to talk to you” face, and my noise cancelling headphones in case my neighbor is not great at reading my face. I share this at the risk of being judged as anti-social, or two-faced because I claim to love to coach and talk to people, and at the same time I don’t want to be bothered with people sitting next to me on the plane. But, as I have no insecurities about my willingness to spend countless hours coaching people and doing so with undivided attention, I can tell the truth. That’s how I have been acting while traveling.
Happy New Year! I hope you had a chance to relax with family and friends over the holidays. Were you able to ponder the possibilities the New Year brings, and are you ready to go out there and make extraordinary things happen in 2016? (Check out my New Year’s resolutions post with the 9 simple tips I offer to fail-proof your resolutions if you haven't already).
I hope that you take the subtitle of my book, The Transformative Leader, to heart and make this the year when you Boldly Declare, Courageously Pursue, and Abundantly Achieve the Extraordinary! I believe that in order to do so, you must beat the odds and ignore conventional wisdom. Simply put, a lot of what we are taught about success, and our own internal dialogue is more focused on helping us survive, rather than thrive. Have you ever noticed that the little voice in your head (that, by the way, is always talking to you) is never encouraging you to go for the gusto and always reminding you of all the bad things that have ever happened, and might happen again, if you set an audacious goal? Has anyone ever advised you to "under-promise and over-deliver" rather than the other way around? All of these conversations, internal or external, are aimed at you playing it safe and playing small, and heeding them will rob you of the joy of designing and living an extraordinary life.
In lieu of my regular blog post this week, I wanted to take this opportunity to post a note of appreciation to all who have graciously visited my website, read my blog posts, purchased my book and/or given it as a gift, and provided encouraging comments over the past few months. Your support has meant a great deal to me and I am extremely grateful for it.
Coaching is a necessary element of high performance. Serious athletes, singers, actors, and top executives have coaches, and it's not because they are terrible at what they do. On the contrary, it's because they are great at what they do and have a desire to keep getting better. Likewise, workplace cultures in which coaching is abundantly available, requested, and utilized at all levels of the organization, continue to get better.