Step 1: Excellence is not the issue – everything is excellent – it’s about relevance and context.
It’s no longer about what you know – because everyone knows what you know; it’s now about how, when, where and why you do what you do.
Step 2: The name of the game is living success.
You must and should have a set of rules that guide the direction of your life, the decisions that you make and destiny of your dreams everyday such as P A C E
Persistence – never give up
Attitude – believe that you can
Consistency – it’s about what you do every day that makes a difference
Energy – passion, excitement, enthusiasm to power to higher success.
Step 3: Change is critical.
However, you need to accept that everyone is changing; the real challenge is to accelerate your rate of change faster than your competition.
Step 4: All change is personal.
Real change must be made at an individual level so in the end change comes down to your ability to engage the hearts and minds of everyone on your team or that you influence.
Step 5: The difference between good and great is simple: it’s about doing more and more often.
Most people do the minimum standard – the great ones do more than they are asked, and they challenge themselves to improve and get better – they do more than expected. How can you be great if you do average work? Being great is about doing a lot more than the average.
Step 6: Greatness means being different – it means being unique.
It means being first, it means taking risks. No one becomes great by being the best at being someone else; be yourself/back yourself.
Step 7: Conflict is inevitable.
Learn to thrive in conflict. Learn to fight hard but fair for what you believe in. All the greatest people in history have had to face conflict and challenge, even ridicule and resentment, when they decided to stand up for what they believed in.
Step 8: Understand who you are – who you really are – and be happy being you.
You cannot be successful being someone else; living someone else’s biography or following someone else’s mantra.
Step 9: Make tough choices every day and stick to them.
No leader who has been successful is known for being a soft, quiet, uncertain person who cannot or will not make decisions. Decision making is a core of great leadership and fundamental aspect of greatness.
Step 10: Continuous improvement is everything.
It is not about winning once; it is about continually challenging, changing, learning, evolving and improving so that you are always striving to be better. Believe like you are number one but passionately and relentlessly pursue improvement like you are number two.
Lessons To Be Learned……
- Create small wins and let everyone recognize good work no matter where it came from
- Allow for fun time and share the fun with all your constituencies especially with customers
- Be vulnerable by sharing your challenges with employees and customers, and when they provide solutions to problems take it seriously
- Feel like you’re making a difference as this will help you push through the boundaries – real or perceived
- Remember that pushing the limit involves sacrifice; be willing and able to accept that condition
- To combat your deepest fear, you need to be able to confront your Goliath
- Success breeds $UCCE$$.