|Your Success Thought for the Week of September 30, 2009
You're the coach of a
college football team entering the fourth quarter of a particularly long game. Lights
are bright; crowd is loud; and your players are tired. |
It's up to you to motivate
your team to win this game. Here is your
been a great run. You're winning by seventeen points. Your players could rest on their
laurels, thinking they have the game in the bag. They feel comfortable, ready to relax,
and then they lower their intensity.
Either way, your wisest focus
is upon what's ahead in this next quarter. This Fourth Quarter is your opportunity
to win the entire game.
been a rough game. You're behind by seventeen points. Your players feel the disappointment of
the fans and of missed passes and fumbles.
They're discouraged, ready to call it quits, and go home.
The same is true for you
leading your team in business. You may
have had a winning year and your team is now ready to relax. It's up to you to lead them to a winning
conclusion for this year, and get them back in the game beyond the upcoming distractions of holiday parties,
increased family obligations, and less healthy diets.
Or, you've had a long, hard
year. Your team feels the weight of
missed opportunities, lost clients, and income.
Your goal is to release their heavy weight as you enter into what can be
your most productive quarter of the year.
Either way, how do you lead
your team to a winning year-end? Create
a Fourth Quarter Challenge that will
reengage your team.
Below are examples of Fourth
Quarter Challenges my clients have instituted for their teams to thrive in the
coming twelve weeks:
Be the Best of the Best: when the tendency is to get comfortable
Take Yourself 1% Higher: when the
tendency is to rest on laurels
- Put only your best foot forward; best ideas into action (forget the rest)
- Focus your thoughts and energy in areas that bring
the best results
- Bring the best
of the best you've developed
this year to higher levels
Appreciate and Recognize: when the
tendency is to criticize and blame
- What one client interaction or missed
opportunity will you enhance to be 1% more effective today than yesterday?
- Through feedback, how can you support your
associates to do the same?
- At the end of twelve weeks, by compounding your
effectiveness by 1% daily, your productivity will increase by 82%. That's
one heck of a way to end the final quarter. (Thanks to Jeff Ludeman at BOTC
for the calculation.)
As a leader, you can look at Your Fourth Quarter as a college football coach does - that it's the only quarter
- Acknowledge three people doing things right each
- Know that the lower on the totem pole, the
greater the need for recognition.
- By the end of this quarter, you'll have
acknowledged 180 actions or people.
If everyone in a company of 100 does this, you'll have raised
spirits 1,800 times. How will this
set us up for entering the New Year?
Will you lead your team to victory? The choice is yours.
Have a great week and enjoy your discoveries.|
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