Taking Your Performance and Future to the Top
A close member of the family (and president of his own company) just sent me a great article on the 1% – how acquiring a 1% advantage over one’s competition can accumulate into significant advantages. In it, the author said that, “those who are one percent better rule their respective fields and industries” (James Clear, The 1-Percent Rule).
The author is right. And it starts and ends with you as leader. Strategies and tactical moves to excel will always need to shift with changing trends. Ways of delivering service or product will morph. This means that what works today will not necessarily work tomorrow. So, in order to keep your leadership and your enterprise at the top, you need to master your ability to lead amidst ambiguity and complexity.
The problem is that most leaders aren’t aware of this. Staying on top of trends and seeking out what is new and what is working is only half the equation. The other half is cultivating a more expansive mindset to deal successfully with constant change.
It’s just like learning how to hike. You can buy all the right hiking equipment, research best techniques, plot your course, and show up at the foot of the trail. However, if you don’t build up the personal muscle and stamina through the careful mental and physical training you need to actually get to the top, you won’t get anywhere.
Personal growth is uncomfortable for most of us. And if your leadership is effective today, it’s difficult to understand that this same leadership will not suffice tomorrow.
One of my newer clients whom we will call John, has a clear sense of mission and purpose that he has successfully imparted throughout the company. Even amidst competing priorities and perspectives, he remains aligned with who he is and what he is about, and this has served the organization well.
Right now, John’s company is ranked as #2 in its industry, and John wants to be #1. He wants to be part of the 1%. The problem is, even though John has doubled the size of the company within the last 2 years and captured a great deal of market share, he has also become inflexible with his staunch principles and values. In fact, when it comes to dealing with new, complex situations, it is a great internal struggle for John when he asked to revisit these in light of new situations or information.
Fortunately, John is very self-aware and ready to become even more effective in his leadership. Increasing his ability to be more effective in new and challenging situations will allow him to lead more expansively – leading himself, others, and the enterprise into the future.
What about you?
Where do you need to grow in order to become part of the 1%?
And if you don’t know, how will you discover your “growing edges” so that you meet the future successfully?
What impact are you having in life and business?
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Patti Cotton helps executives optimize their effectiveness in leading self, others, and the enterprise. Her areas of focus include confidence, leadership style, executive presence, effective communication, succession planning, and masterful execution. With over 25 years of leadership experience, both stateside and abroad, Patti works with individuals, teams, and organizations across industries, providing executive coaching, leadership development, succession planning, change, and conflict management. She is also a Fortune 500 speaker. For more information on how Patti Cotton can help you and your organization, click here.