Are You In The Moment?

29 09 2012

It was a perfect day for a cross country event.  The temperature was 73 degrees and the sky was overcast.  The Invitational took place in Cheshire CT, one hour from our home.  The Varsity boys meet began at 3:30 pm.  We left with just enough time to get there and see the start.  We were excited.

We parked our car at 3:27 and had 1/2 mile to walk/run to get to the start/finish line.  I chose to run.  As I jogged, feeling appropriately out of shape, I heard the scream of the crowd.  I figured the girls must have been running and were finishing right about then.  When I saw a boy run in the distance, I was hoping it was the Junior Varsity.  Then I saw how fast they were running and I feared that I was missing the end of the Varsity event.  The event that I traveled for.  The event were I was hoping to see my son.  Unfortunately, the Invitational began one hour earlier than indicated online.  I missed the start of the boys Varsity race by 20 minutes.

Then, through the crowd lining the course,  I saw him.

He was 30 yards from the finish line, with the strain of 3.2 miles on his face.  He was sprinting, just in front of his closest competitor.  He pushed through the finish line and immediately collapsed with clear pride of having given it his all.  I saw three seconds of his race.  I had three seconds to take it all in.  I had no time to think, no time for drama, no time to waste.

I was in the moment.

How often are you in the moment during your work day?  How often do you miss something critical because you are stressed about a distracting issue or focused on something less important?  Even the Mayo Clinic urges that spending more time “in the moment” assists individuals with stress management.  Are you really giving 100% all the time?  What will you see if you are in the moment more often?  I can only imaging that your “vision” will be greatly improved.

For you and your company to be an I Cubed (Inspiration. Innovation. Implementation) company, you and your leaders need to be in the moment.  Great things happen when you are there.

  • Michael Jordan had to be in the moment when he hit the final shot as time ran out against the Utah Jazz in game six of the NBA Finals.
  • Michael Phelps had to be in the moment 19 times as he became the most decorated Olympian of all time.  Most of his events lasted less than 60 seconds.

Writers and motivational speakers often refer to this important quality and have been for hundreds of years.  Maya Angelou said it well when she said “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

Are you in the moment right now?

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All Companies Must Be Evolving…Is Yours?

27 09 2012

I heard a powerful and inspirational speech today by Mark Sessel, the President of PFP.  He urged that great companies, regardless of their size, makeup and industry must evolve in order to sustain growth and relevance over a long period of time.  They can adapt, live true to their brand promise and excel like IBM or they can remain stagnant, hold onto the past and lose everything like Eastman Kodak.

What is your plan?  Does your leadership have the vision to see what to do?  Does your organization have the strength to evolve?

If your company has the following corporate qualities, it has a good chance of passing the test of time with flying colors:

  • Ownership/Board CULTURE that embraces well thought out and appropriate innovation and evolution.
  • Leadership with an eye towards identifying ways to widen, lengthen and deepen EXISTING streams of income.
  • Leadership with a focus on identifying NEW streams of income.
  • Leadership capable of MOVING the organization towards the desired destination through inspiration, communication and execution.
  • An organizational culture embracing CHANGE with leadership appreciative of the steps necessary to effectively manage change.

The qualities above are true to the name of this blog, I-CUBED (Inspiration, Innovation and Implementation).  Your organization needs all three qualities to be capable of the evolution described above.

Take a few minutes and list the names of all members of your team who embody the above qualities.  If you are not happy with the number of individuals on the list, it is time to spread the culture of innovation and evolution throughout your organization.

  • Have open DIALOG to identify the true issues and opportunities facing your organization.
  • Have meaningful DEBATE challenging ideas with an open mind to embrace evolution.
  • Empower your leadership to pose SOLUTIONS and plans to address your issues.
  • Identify key leaders to CHAMPION your organizations opportunities from concept through implementation.
  • Have your team members hold one another ACCOUNTABLE for performance.
  • RECOGNIZE the individuals on your list in a meaningful way.

The above list is clearly easier said than done.  Each bullet point is deep enough to be a chapter in a book and must be approached with care and thought.   I am sure this blog will explore them over time.

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Evolution and Innovation on the Fringe

24 09 2012

As business owners and leaders, it goes without saying that you are focused on your core business.  You know what works and you strive for perfection.  You drive profitability through growth in what you do and efficiencies in the way you operate.  This focus is essential and without it, the business will surely fail.  You are already one of the fortunate few who have succeeded in bringing a unique idea to fruition.  Your business now brings tremendous satisfaction to you and your top executives on many levels.  And most importantly, it makes you and your employees money.  You have the distinct advantage to make the most of that original concept.  How big do you want your business to be? Moreover, how long do you want it to last?  Are you happy with the status of your business?

You should know one thing for sure, that if you remain forever focused solely on your core with a blind eye towards evolution  and innovation on the fringe, your business will begin the cycle of decline and ultimate death.  Your idea and opportunity will eventually run its course and you will probably be at the helm while it does.  Without evolving on the fringe and bringing impactful new opportunities to your business, failure is inevitable. If you refuse to invest time and energy on the innovation, you should consider selling your business and pulling out the value while it still has value.  Or perhaps you consider yourself a proud captain and wish to go down with the ship.  Would you then speak bitterly about the last few years and reflect on a changing economy or a powerful competitor shrinking your margins and ultimately forcing you to shut your doors forever?  Would you think that your original concept just failed to develop further?  Or to the contrary, did you actually fail your original concept?  Would you recognize and reflect on the fact that by focusing on one thing and one thing only, you did not give your business the necessary lifeblood to succeed in the long term?

Perhaps, on the other hand, you will have a chance to be thankful that you truly understood fringe benefits that come from owning and/or leading a business through evolution and had decided long ago that you were going to be one of those rare individuals who took full advantage and as a result, your business is now thriving and capable of bringing you more satisfaction than you ever imagined possible, more growth than you felt you were capable of achieving and more flexibility than all of your competitors.  By innovating and evolving on the fringe and enjoying the benefits that are sure to come, you will do nothing short of saving your business.

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Inspiration welcome!

20 09 2012

By bringing passion and vision to my career, I have managed to find inspiration along the way.  I commit to using my education, experience and writing ability to present thought-provoking posts with the hope of bringing inspiration to your day.  Lets go on the journey together.  It will never be mundane!

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