Thursday, May 16, 2013

Engage by Increasing Trust

How do we get people fired up and engaged? Answer: By working on trust.

You can do much good as a leader when you involve everyone in developing a great plan. But here's what I find most people believe "wrongfully":
We will succeed because the goals are good and the plan brilliant.
Not so! Results will demand valiant goals and a waterproof plan, for sure. But more important than everything else is --the process-- that brings about the plan. People need to trust each other, the leader and the organization. Trust can be built as you interact and plan together. So here might be a better paradigm:
We will succeed mostly because we execute as a team and trust each other.
Here's my former colleague, Stephen M.R. Covey, offering hard data to explain this point.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Getting Results

So what does it take to get results? Let's cut to the chase.

The mother of all success is a baby with three basic qualities.

In today's social, sharing and connected world, it seems everyone wants to answer this question. Every hour scores of articles are published providing different kinds of answers to this very question. If you were to distill the essence of it all - the read thread - the road to change and improvement remains the same:

(1) See it
Dream of it. Want it. Continually reaffirm purpose.

(2) Do it
Focus on what needs to be done and stay the course. Be consistent.

(3) Get it
Learn on the way. Make changes as needed. Be open. Enjoy it.

How to get results? Keep working on these three and everything else turns out to be simply subtitles or footnotes and technique.

Monday, May 6, 2013

His Suffering Beyond Comprehension

Physical or mental pain and suffering is something we're all subject to. Spiritual suffering, however, may be a type of suffering we may not fully understand.

This morning I was running on the treadmill while listening to Boyd K. Packer and Dean M. Davies. Their inspired words lead me to ponder our great exemplar, whose name I suppose is too sacred to mention by name too frequently.

When I exert myself by running or in any other physical (or mental) endeavour, there always comes a point where I decide "I've had enough" or "I feel this might be sufficient" - even "healthy" or "necessary". Such must've been the case with Him also.

There are two aspects I keep reflecting on still, following this year's Easter: (1) His suffering in submission to the Father's will and duration. (2) His suffering beyond death. I wonder if our ultimate quest, i.e. beyond the veil and the life to come, could be to fathom or even fully appreciate the suffering He bled and died for us.