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“Leaders who don’t believe that results are limitless are selling their jobs and careers short. Here is a four-step process for manifesting a “results are limitless” mind-set.”
Results are limitless. That’s not a supposition. That’s a fact. Leaders who don’t believe that don’t understand the power of leadership to achieve great results. Leaders who believe it and live by their belief have an unmatched advantage over those leaders who don’t.
To begin to understand how and why results-are-results are limitless, consider these facts:
* In 1878, Jean Bouillaud, member of the French Academy of Sciences, said upon hearing a demonstration of Thomas Edison’s phonograph, “It is quite impossible that the noble organs of human speech could be replaced by ignoble, senseless metal.”
* In 1899, Charles H. Duell (Commissioner of U.S. Office of Patents.), urging President William McKinley to abolish his office, said: “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”
* An 1909 article in the Scientific American stated, “The automobile has practically reached the limit of its development as suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.”
* Popular Mechanics stated in March 1949: “Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps only weight 11/2 tons.”
The point isn’t that experts are wrong. Experts, we know, have been wrong countless times. The point isn’t that things change. That’s obvious. The point is this: BECAUSE THINGS CHANGE, RESULTS ARE LIMITLESS. IN OTHER WORDS, WHATEVER RESULTS YOU ARE ACHIEVING, YOU CAN ALWAYS ACHIEVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT OR MORE.
This may seem like a non sequitur. After all, leaders know that things change. But many leaders whom I have encountered don’t make the connection and fail to realize that results are limitless.
But there is a connection — a profound connection. And leaders who don’t make that connection, don’t live that connection, are giving short shrift to their leadership and the people they lead.
Living by the results-are-limitless credo can set you apart as a leader who consistently gets results, no matter what the challenge you face.
Start to take a small but well-defined step to manifest results-are-limitless leadership:
(1) Identify. Identify one thing you think is NOT BEING QUESTIONED. Make sure it is something people believe has “reached the limit of its development.” It may be a product or features of a product. It may be the way your organization is structured. It may be a successful engineering program.
(2) Question. Treat it as if it’s fundamental premise were false. Can you shoot holes in the logical reasons for its existence? If it ain’t broke, see what would happen if you break (change) it with one end in mind, achieving more results.
(3) Change. See if you can come up with answers that will lead either to replacing what you’re questioning or improving it.
(4) Continue. Don’t look at this as an academic assignment. It’s not homework. It’s the beginning of making the credo part of the DNA of your leadership.
Repeat: This as a leadership endeavor. Determine who are the cause leaders you need to make the change happen. Talk to them about how they would take leadership to affect that change. You should not only have “What if … ” discussions but more importantly, “Why not … “discussions.
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What separates those who succeed and those who live their lives feeling that things could have been better?
Ask any truly successful person why they achieved and they will all tell you they had a dream, a vision for their future. Those who are successful leaders have been able to share that dream with others with such conviction that they have convinced others to join them on their quest to achieve that dream.
Can anyone achieve their dream? Having a clear strategy can help you make your dream a reality. It isn’t rocket science, or magic. Take the following steps and fulfill your dream. Make it your reality.
The first step is to understand that in order to achieve success you must take action. Inertia is the most common reason for lack of success!
What is your dream? Your goals for the future? What do you want to achieve in your life in the next week? month? year? 5 years? What would you like people to remember you for after you have left this world?
Think big – challenge yourself. Reach for the stars!
Be clear about where you are now. Audit your strengths and areas for development
What needs to be done to eliminate the gap between your dream and the reality?
- Prioritize. Don’t just look for quick wins, consider those things which will have maximum long term impact. Build solid foundations, think of sustainability!
- Set challenging but realistic targets. Aim high.
- Communicate your vision, and keep doing so. Ensure that all stake holders understand and subscribe to the same vision.
- Who do you need to involve? How will you ensure they sign up to and stay committed to the vision?
- Think about the language you use, be sure to sound positive, if others think you are confident it can be achieved they will gain confidence too. Develop a “I can do it” mentality within your staff. For every problem there is a solution, encourage others to see themselves as problem solvers not problem givers.
- Create clear lines of communication which operate at every level and in all directions.
- Break each priority down into small achievable steps, involve your team. Who needs to do what by when? Set a timetable.
- Identify the roles and responsibilities for all staff; ensure that staff take ownership of their work.
- Ensure that people are appropriately trained and that training is constantly updated.
- Build in the monitoring and review process from the start so you can evaluate performance and be prepared to adjust as necessary. (By creating a culture of development rather than blame huge potential will be released.)
- Celebrate success! and remember to thank people for their contribution, give credit where it due and be generous with it.
- Develop professional honesty within your staff, constructive feed back can be invaluable.
Finally leave your ego behind as it will simply get in the way of your success.