Thursday, December 14, 2017
Daily Thought

The Three Solutions Paradigms by Dr. Stephen Covey
1. People as Things – You can manage things, but people cannot be managed. People have to be motivated, developed, empowered, and incentivized. People will do what they will do regardless of what you dictate to them to do. They will embrace your vision if you bring them with you, if you find a win/win solution that allows them, as well as yourself, to win. “What is in it for me?” is the age-old question that all human beings ask when requested to perform any task or reach any goal. Industrial age-thinking is managing people as an expense item, but knowledge worker (information age)-thinking is empowering people to do their very best for themselves AND your goal/vision.

2. Leadership as a position – This is formal authority. Your team has to listen to you simply because you occupy a position of authority over them. Operating from this paradigm is what Dr. Covey calls outside-in solutions. These tend to be low trust environments, and people do what they are asked to do because they have to, not because they want to.

3. Leadership is a choice – Management is a position; leadership is a choice and represents moral authority. Leadership based on principles is considered inside-out solutions. Inside-out simply means, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” When your team trusts your integrity, competency, and commitment, they will bring you the solutions you need to succeed. They will own it like it was their own, because you will fashion a win/win solution that will make it theirs, too.
 
“Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.”  Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: 12 Workouts Until Christmas Day 6 2 A Day or Multi Sport
Complete 2 minimum 30:00 sessions at different times during the day (run in the morning, strength in the afternoon) or 2 different sports (run/bike/swim/strength/yoga or other) in the same session for more than 1 Hour in THR (125 BPM or more).
 
Holiday Survival Tip #17 Have some fun! 
With all the pressure we all experience in our lives everyday sometimes we just need to let go and have some fun. Get outrageous, do something fun you have been wanting to do. Laughter has been shown in many studies to reduce stress and make our lives healthier. You have exercised and taken the challenge on, now go do something for yourself that is fun. 
 
“The great danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” Michelangelo Buonarroti

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