Wednesday, August 23, 2017
What can we learn from companies that have been around for a hundred years? Certainly business is conducted in a new way in the 21 century that is so far removed from the 20thcentury that it is sometimes hard to see what we can learn from the historical data from that far back. Throughout the “Good to Great” research project certain underlying, timeless, fundamental principles and patterns emerged. The specific methods visionary companies use to “Preserve the Core (values, skills) and Stimulate Progress”. This key principle (mindset) protects the underlying framework for doing business, but is always searching for a better mousetrap. “Necessity is the mother of invention” for sure, but without integrity, and sound core values, a great invention becomes a one hit wonder. What makes innovation reach proportions that it shifts the course of history. The light bulb, air-conditioning, the Internet and many more inventions have shaped our society and created whole industries. The companies that last have been built on a solid foundation of core values, and a never-ending thirst to do it better. What do you stand for?
“Principles are constant, self-evident, self-validating, enduring, and universal. We call them True North Principles. External realities that are universal and timeless. (fairness, integrity, honesty, human dignity, service, quality, excellence, potential, growth patience, and trust. If we understand and live our lives based on principles, we improve our quality of life.” Dr. Steven Covey
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: The Rituals of Rest and Recovery
The most important role of rituals is to insure an effective balance between energy expenditure and energy renewal in the service of full engagement. All great performers have rituals that optimize their ability to move rhythmically between stress and recovery. The more precise and effective our recovery rituals, the more quickly we can restore our energy reserves. Even 60-90 second breaks during the day have proven to significantly improve performance with executives that sit for long periods as part of their job. These breaks include: deep breathing, listening to your favorite song, talking with a friend or relative, a quick walk to get some “fresh air”, or even eating an energy bar. The more scheduled and systematic these rituals become, the more renewal they provide. The more exacting the challenge, the more rigorous our rituals need to be. Build rituals that help your body recover to improve your ability to perform in the clutch.
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Nutrition Tip: Cleanse Day
Sometimes our nutrition plan takes a hit. We travel and get out of our routine and our nutrition plan falls apart. It’s going to happen so plan for it. When we don’t eat the way we should we need a day to recover. I call this cleanse day where I drink plenty of water and eat only the foods that are good for me for the entire day, no cheating. High fiber all natural foods that will clear the not so good foods from my body in a hurry. I want to get my energy system back up to top speed so these foods clean out the sodium and sugars that clog things up. My meal replacement shakes are a good start, all the nutrients I need in small calorie footprint and lots of fiber. Get your nutrition back on track with a cleanse day.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristole
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