Want Your Expectations Met? Give Them Up! | The Transformative Leader Podcast 020

The most common factor that derails our efforts to pursue our goals or cultivate fulfilling relationships, personally and professionally, is that we let our "unmet expectations" get the best of us. We set out to achieve a certain goal and we put a great deal of effort into making it happen, and at some point we give up because we are disappointed with the lack of progress we "should" have been making. We start a relationship that we have always dreamed of and at some point decide that our partner seems to be giving less and taking more, and so we start to do the same. In this episode, I discuss the root cause of why and how we tend to sabotage ourselves in these ways and offer a simple solution that can be practiced immediately.

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The Only Unteachable, Unlearnable Element of Transformative Leadership

Earlier this week, I, like millions of other people, watched a video of Lt Gen Jay Silveria, Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy addressing the students at the academy about an incident involving racial slurs having been written on bulletin boards. His words could not have been clearer and his demeanor could not have conveyed more conviction to the message he was delivering. In 5 minutes, Lt Gen Silveria made it clear where he stood on the issue. “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect” he said, “then you need to get out!”

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10 Practical Steps for Creating High Performance Organizations | The Transformative Leader Podcast 019

I have yet to come across an organization who would not want to be a High Performance Organizations (HPO) but in spite of their best intentions, very few teams make significant progress in that direction. This is partly because we often fail to design and execute a holistic process that addresses all important aspects of creating an HPO. Over the years, I have created a framework that has been customized and used to design and implement the key elements of an HPO in a variety of situations, ranging from green field operations to existing ones in different parts of their journey. In this episode, I go over 10 of the most important steps in this framework in a recap of one of my blog posts.

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The Transformative Leader's Guide to The Art of Failing

There is no doubt that for every successful endeavor ever achieved, there were many, many more attempts that resulted in failure. This isn’t something that is immediately obvious, because of the fact that only successes stand the test of time, while failures, being nothing more than successes that never came about, are more or less invisible in the eyes of history. Although in hindsight, it seems clear what would work and what wouldn’t, nothing and no one has ever been instantly successful; every success was preceded by a series of slightly less catastrophic failures. Ultimately, success belonged to those who persevered despite those failures. Those of us who don’t seem to give failure a second thought—the Branson’s, Musk’s, and Blakely’s of the world—appear to focus only on what they are out to achieve, and relentlessly deal with whatever comes their way until they achieve it. Like Transformative Leaders, they refuse to use failure as an excuse to give up.

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More Trash Cans Don’t Make for Cleaner Streets

Back in 2011, I had the good fortune of participating in a week-long executive Lean tour of Japanese companies, organized by Shingijutsu Consulting. This was a week where we got started early in the morning, travelled extensively by bus every day to visit various companies, and then attended lectures and analyses into the late hours of the evening. It was exhausting, but extremely enlightening.

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