During World War II England experienced a traumatic yet triumphant era that will never be forgotten by the world or its people. The season of trials could have been tragedy without the triumph if not for a man who had the courage to lead by example with his passion and his resolve. Winston Churchill defied the tyranny of Nazi Germany by leading his country to believe that they, and not the fascists, were the hunters and that the United Kingdom would claim victory. Churchill was able to do this through a deep belief that destiny was on their side […]
“Audacity, Audacity, Always Audacity!” — Frederick the Great Throughout my years in the trenches of innovation and business development, I have found that there are a few key attributes that enable people to be successful while leading new initiatives. While the general principle of my book is Relationship Momentum, and it is expressed by a formula: Rm=E3Vs Relationship Momentum is (Brand, Value, and Ambassador Equity) Multiplied by (Strategic Velocity) …. in the beginning of the book I talked about creating movement in a consistent direction and combining it with a measure of audacity. The trouble with high audacity is that […]
I had the privilege of doing a guest blog for Jesse Jacoby and Emergent Insights. Emergent Insights is a repository of articles containing practical methods, tools, and tips for driving change and implementing business strategies from a people and change perspective. It is published by Emergent, an independent consulting firm headquartered in Denver and serving Fortune 500 clients across North America talking about strategic velocity for leaders. In physics, Velocity is known as an object’s rate of change with respect to its location. Velocity is not the same thing as speed. Speed is very important when it comes to the time-value of […]
I wanted to share a recent guest blog I was honored to publish for Josh at Quieted Waters.
Josh asked me to share my thoughts on the importance of finding a true north in any endeavor in your life.
— Ivan Pavlov
Whenever you embark on a journey, there are two things you need to determine. You need to figure out precisely where you are, and then its relevance to your final destination.
Navigators call it True North. Those two little pieces of data become the context of your entire adventure. When I talk about pinpointing your locations, I am speaking metaphorically. Where are you in the creative process? Whether you are starting a company, writing a song or launching a new product, one must plan for the journey. Without a place of origin and a clear picture of success, where you actually wind up is often a matter of random chance.
What Is True North For Your Initiative?
The main idea here is that you must acquire a True North or what you have determined to be the proverbial “promised land” for your initiative. An objective that is along the path to success should always be measured in its relation to the prize!
I could not imagine creating a plan or deriving a strategy without first knowing where I was. That requires an honest evaluation of the assets or liabilities I have at my disposal. Only then do I develop a plan for where I want to go. Everything else I do from that point onward should be in reference to that inventory and my picture of success. Elements of that inventory may change from decade to decade, year to year, or even quarter to quarter.
Although your business will grow and evolve, your destination rarely changes. Think about that picture often — so often that you are able to communicate and even illustrate it for others.
Just The Beginning
Ideas don’t stop with success. In fact, success enables you to be more creative than ever because the ideas are easier to fund. The important part of building upon proven ideas is that you do not allow your picture of success to change without serious contemplation and self-evaluation. Many successful people and products have lost their bearing and damage the picture by carelessly building on the foundation of previous success. New Coke anyone?
Ask yourself this question: How consistent is this new idea with the overall picture and general direction of my life and career? If it advances the direction and intensifies the picture, I then establish what I consider to be the milestones and timelines required for the journey. I then regularly reflect on my vision to make sure that I am moving in step with True North (my picture of success).
Paint Your Portrait
Many people experience only relative success as opposed to reaching their dreams because they never had a true picture of what they were after. They did not visualize it, right it down, and in turn, help others to see it as well.
Life will occasionally present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In the creative world, it is hard to know how many opportunities or flashes of brilliance will actually present themselves, but in those critical moments, you cannot afford to miscalculate by using the wrong set of metrics or by not knowing your definition of success, your True North.
Leadership is an art form. Over the years I have been blessed to spend time in the trenches of Coaching, Corporate America and as an Entrepreneur. I have had the distinct privilege of watching a plethora of great leaders sculpt their followers, businesses and churches into beautiful people capable of anything. It is truly a blessing to observe a skilled leader in their natural habitat. Just as a skilled leader works and kneads the talents of his or her followers, a leader is formed over time like a sculpture in the hands of a gifted artist. A Consultants View When […]
I wanted to share a recent guest blog I was honored to publish for George Shinn. (Entrepreneur, Horatio Alger Award Winner and Founder of the Charlotte Hornets) One moves through life with only a few opportunities to rub elbows with great people. I have been blessed to have a firsthand encounter with a man who understands the meaning of legacy, benevolence and excellence. Click here to read the rest of my guest post on George Shinn’s blog!