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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Monday, July 01, 2013
Many individuals, teams and organisations have tasted excellence periodically. It goes down well on the palate, doesn't it? Like the perfectly aged Bordeaux, the perfectly executed recipe, the perfect balance of flavours in a great meal. But consistently delivering superior results over time is another story. It requires process, discipline and focus. It requires energy, effort and persistence. It requires daily attention.
A technique we have found helpful with performers to deliver sustainable excellence is to focus on one thing every day to improve from the day before. It could be personal, professional or relational. It doesn't have to be monumental every day.
Why does this process work?
Confidence is the result of an accumulation of success experiences. By doing one thing better each day you consistently experience (and expect) success. Each day builds upon the last.
Improving every day creates focus. How many times have you wound up at the end of a day wondering what you truly accomplished? By committing to daily improvement you organise your thoughts, energy and effort.
Continuous improvement becomes a habit, not a cliché.
When you commit to daily improvement, development opportunities are expected and welcomed. You look forward to development feedback rather than dreading it and reacting defensively.
Sustainable excellence is not rocket science. It is the result of establishing an effective system and having the discipline to follow it. Getting better each day establishes the mindset. What are you going to improve today?