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I Can Count on You!

by Aubrey Patterson

 

People expressing they can count on us is one of the best compliments we can ever receive.

Being dependable, reliable, and consistent are qualities that speak to our level of dedication.

When we are dedicated to anything or anyone, we become a credible person. 

Commitment, Consistency, and Credibility

It's certainly frustrating to deal with people who say they are making a commitment but refuse to offer a time frame. When there is no clarity regarding what will be done and when, there really is no commitment or reliability. 

Much more damaging is when team members consistently don't meet agreed upon deadlines and trust becomes an issue. 

Trust is the highest form of human motivation. - Dr. Stephen Covey

One Commitment at a Time

Credibility takes time. There aren't any shortcuts to developing it.

How we do one thing Is most often how we do everything. 

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Someday Isn't on a Calendar

by Aubrey Patterson

 

When scheduling your priorities into your calendar, how often do you place a time block on Someday?

It's a silly question, right?

Someday doesn't exist on the calendar.

We've heard the expression, there are seven days in a week and Someday isn’t one of them.

Planning to do something someday is saying that what we want is just a pipe dream.  A lack of risk and effort makes someday a frequently used excuse that doesn't allow us to take advantage of a sudden opportunity.

Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin. - Victor Kiam

Someday doesn't exist on any calendar and never will. If we keep loading everything into this phantom day, nothing will come of our dreams and we'll look back one day upon a devastating pile of regrets. 

You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute. - Tina Fey

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Doing a Puzzle Without the Box

constructive courageous Mar 15, 2022

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Let's try this metaphor on for size:

Imagine putting together a large puzzle, filled with different images and colors, without the benefit of the picture on the box. Of course it’s confusing to know where to place all the pieces without knowing what we're creating.

Leadership doesn’t come with a box. The picture might only become clear as we put the pieces together. 

If we don’t know the kind of leader we are meant to be, it can be difficult to put the pieces together in a meaningful way. 

Often new and aspiring leaders try putting pieces together based on the images passed down to them by previous leaders and inspirational role models. Sadly, they might get mired in imposter syndrome before they even begin. We can become unfairly disappointed in ourselves because we lack the pieces others so eloquently display. 

We can try forcing the...

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Timing Matters

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Not all moments are equal.

By preparing ourselves and truly tuning in to what the world is saying, we can take advantage of timing.

Many don’t account for time; they believe they will always have the opportunity to achieve their goals. 

This simply isn't true.

Our people, environment, and team cultures are forever evolving.

Our goals don’t wait around until we can find a more convenient time. They are available only for a small snapshot of time before disappearing in an abyss of I should have’s.

Chapter Breaks

A slight delay in the timing of our actions could be the difference between an overwhelming success or an unremarkable result.

Such lessons are perhaps best illustrated by social media. As a new platform gains traction, there is a much greater opportunity to carve out space before others even create a profile.

Similar opportunities that are much less obvious are always available if we are attuned to our...

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Experiencing vs Believing

courageous Mar 08, 2022

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Belief is a poor substitute for experience. 

We might have a belief about being in the mountains, but when we actually go there, we experience a much more impactful reality than what we've framed from afar.  

A lot of us get stuck in our heads and need to get moving. Covid accentuated this problem. And the isolation, along with these tendencies, forced a greater reliance upon ideas rather than experiences.

We need to put ourselves in more experiences to grow. Both for ourselves and the people we lead. It’s easier to lead through a difficult today, if we are inspiring, visualizing, and creating experiences that lead to a more compelling future.

New experiences move us from believing to knowing.

Some leaders can be quite convincing about their beliefs. Many rely too much, though, on cardiac assessment - I know in my heart this is the best way!

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Gradually, gradually, then suddenly

constructive Mar 01, 2022

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Have you ever considered the time and patience required to visualize and actualize some of the world’s greatest achievements?

  • Builders spent 26 painstaking months to complete the Eiffel Tower.
  • Da Vinci took 4 years to finish the Mona Lisa.
  • Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel over a period of 4 years.

It takes incredible discipline to do seemingly ordinary things for an extraordinarily long period of time, especially when the daily results are barely noticeable.

But masterpieces are created gradually, gradually, then suddenly.

Gradually, gradually, then suddenly

In Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, a character named Mike is questioned about how he went bankrupt. “Two ways,” he replies. “Gradually, then suddenly.”

It didn't happen suddenly, you just noticed it suddenly. - Seth Godin

Hurrying and scurrying

We seem to have a default set to impatience.

While some things are best done quickly, the...

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Fear - Forces of Mediocrity Pt. 5

Uncategorized Feb 20, 2022

by Aubrey Patterson and Melody Stacy

 

There is an old saying that worry is interest paid in advance on something you may never own

Fear freezes and often leads to futility. This is true for individuals and especially debilitating in organizations. Overthinking often breeds mediocrity, keeping us safely in our comfort zones.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. (Dale Carnegie)

A great way to conquer our worries is to focus on the purpose that led to the fear in the first place.

Facing our fears

A fireman doesn't run into a burning building to save someone because he isn't afraid, but because his purpose is much greater than his fears. 

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. (MLK Jr)

With most great stories, one of the first battles a hero...

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Ego - Forces of Mediocrity Pt. 4

Uncategorized Feb 15, 2022

by Melody Stacy

 

We should take our jobs seriously while not taking ourselves too seriously. 

Great leaders understand the dynamics of this delicate and essential balance, seeking daily to make the focus of the work WE rather than ME.

In The Art of Possibility, Rosamund and Ben Zander refer to not taking ourselves too seriously as Rule #6. Consistently reminding ourselves that it’s not about us, opens up a world of possibilities.

As we continue our series on forces of mediocrity, those strong inertias that try to pull us back to the status quo and away from greatness, let’s take a look at how ego can get in our way. (check out part 1part 2, or part 3)

Outcome over ego 

When we are connected to and consumed with our larger purpose, we diminish any propensity to feed our ego.

Checking our egos at the door ensures we also check judgmental forces that might lead to defensiveness, blame, and shame.

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Compliance - Forces of Mediocrity Pt. 3

constructive meetings Feb 07, 2022

by Melody Stacy

  

“That’s not my job.”

“Don’t blame me. I’m just doing what they told me to do.”

These sentiments indicate a lack of ownership and a culture of compliance.

As we continue our series on forces of mediocrity, those strong inertias that try to pull us back to the status quo just as we are seeking greatness, let’s take a look at compliance and how, instead, we can build a culture of commitment. (check out part 1 and part 2)

Commitment outlasts compliance

Giving orders and expecting others to simply follow those orders is one of our quickest on-ramps to mediocrity.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness

- William H. Murray

Building commitment, on the other hand, allows for growth, freedom, and creativity. It invites contribution and empowers people to take initiative.

How can we fend off compliance as a force of mediocrity?

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Perfectionism - Forces of Mediocrity Pt. 2

constructive Feb 01, 2022

by Melody Stacy

 

Last week, we kicked off a series on the forces of mediocrity. A collection of strong inertias that, as we are seeking greatness, try to pull us back to the status quo.

In the book Four Thousand WeeksOliver Burkeman shares a powerful force-of-mediocrity fable.

An architect in Persia designed the world's most beautiful mosque. All who saw the design were mesmerized and wanted to buy, steal, or build it. After locking himself in his study for three days, staring at the plans, he burned them.

He may have been a genius. But he also suffered from one of the most common forces of mediocrity:

Perfectionism: (noun) a disposition that regards anything short of perfection as unacceptable.

Overtaken by the thoughts of compromises that would inevitably come when his plans collided with reality, the architect chose to keep his perfection in his imagination over sharing his genius with the world.

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