In our “forever pursuit” to answer this question, I’ve created useful concepts under the main theme of:
Energy + Execution = Effective Outcomes
Organized around four pillars: Mindset, People, Strategy, Action that make daily actions more effective, without taking tons of time.
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The meaning we give things determines our beliefs. These believes drive our behaviors, ultimately delivering the result we experience: a win, level-off, or loss. X does not have to equal A. X can equal B, C, D and beyond. The question is: Which meaning will you choose for X that generates beliefs and behaviors resulting in more effective daily actions?
When you wake up in the morning, and step on the “scale of life,” what are you absolutely hungry to achieve? A giant mountain of a goal? A numerical outcome? Delivering for people who are depending on you? Effective people have clarity here. What “thing worth the effort” is (or could be) on your hunger scale that generates an emotional fire for making daily actions more effective?
Gravity never goes away. Let go of a ball, and the force of gravity will make it fall. Trust is like gravity, too. Try it. Release the grip on fear-balls of doubt, insecurity, anger, and total control. Watch them fall, roll to the sidelines, freeing your hands (mind) to be really useful. Let’s be clear: this doesn’t mean rely on chance. Rather, it means effective people rely on positive force of trust to achieve better outcomes in less time. Which ball will you let go of to increase trust levels one or two points, and be more effective?
The greatest wins originate from an energetic, will-not-fail, state of mind. It’s the core of how we landed on the moon, essentially starting from scratch. It’s the core of how we got astronauts home safe, after part their spaceship exploded (Apollo 13). It’s the core of your own big wins to date, despite letdowns. To be clear, a Moonshot Outlook is not delusional dreaming (although an element of that does help kickstart it). Instead, the Moonshot Outlook is that energetic, winning, “find a way” state of existing in daily actions, at a level 5 of 5 at least 80% of the time. How will your current Moonshot Outlook level achieve this for better outcomes in less time?
A differentiating skillset of more effective people is their ability to connect dots that can’t be seen, at first. This “beyond critical thinking” energy enables them to see multiple decision-outcomes before making calls, thus bypassing bad calls, thereby increasing capacity to see more obscured dots, and bypass even more bad calls. Better judgements come about ultimately achieving better outcomes with less resource consumption. What hidden dots can you connect today to be more effective?
Maturity is behavior. And, behavior sends signals. Mature, highly effective behavior is like an oak tree.: grounded, reliable, and positively influences achieving better outcomes. Immature, less effective behavior is like an oak sapling: weakly grounded, questionably reliable, and not helpful in achieving many useful outcomes. The most effective people aim to always be aware of their behavior decisions and how those decisions will impact people and the final outcome. How much of your souls will you commit to reducing sapling maturity and increasing oak tree maturity so you can be more effective?
Being more effective means asking more relevant questions, and even more significant questions of those answers. Why? To pursue solutions that fanatically align with core values and purpose-backed intent. Not asking questions is equivalent to not eating. You’ll survive for a while, but slowly you’ll wither, leading to less effective strategic decision making. At best, people will stop having conversations (a silent poison). At worst, people and resources will be discarded like cigarette butts. To drive more effective decisions, will you ask more relevant questions, or more people, more often, from this day forward?
There are natural frictions (ex: disempowering interpretations, paradigms, beliefs, behaviors, mindsets, uncalibrated / unused tools) that negatively impact effectiveness. Nobody and no organization is immune (including a family). Imagine shifting from “my job” to “my responsibility.” This easy “mindset” additive reframes focus and effort to produce more effective daily actions. By pouring useful additives on various grinding gears, friction can be reduced and effectiveness increased. What additives will you pull off the shelf, open up, and pour on your daily actions to make them more effective?
Risk, in obvious and obscured forms, permeates everything. While identifying risk and mitigating the frequency-severity is critical, being more effective means highlighting, and hailing to, the stop boundaries associated with a risk. What risks do you see? What risks do you sense? Would you wager your net worth that the people around you are aware of these same risks, and are willing to halt all movement (at enterprise and front-line levels) when a stop boundary is triggered? If no, then there is opportunity here to be more effective & achieve better outcomes.
When clock and calendar muscles are unfit, value/useful health will be weaker. Effective people hit the time-ownership gym regularly, building clock and calendar fitness that strengthens time tendons (matrixing, blocking, value-linking) to ensure daily actions work the main-thing muscle to achieve better outcomes in less time. How much of your day, week, and month do you own? How fit are your clock and calendar muscles?
Clear action steps can ensure the right things get done, in the right order, at the right times to achieve more effectiveness. This is true of peoples’ success, business strategies, and spaceships. And, real process excellence occurs when these regimented steps are infused with an acuity freedom that allows art to influence the entire process. That makes for Apollo steps: clear, regimented actions, with artistic finesse. Think of a magnificently-played symphony that’s very process driven, yet permeates artistic finesse for an amazing outcome. Are your action steps Apollo steps: clear, regimented, and finesse-able? Or, are they merely machine-like, lacking the humanization needed for accuracy and lasting effectiveness?
CAS: Crew Alerting System. This system, found in high-performance aircraft, senses numerous factors and then signals the flight crew so they can adjust their actions for a more effective outcome. It’s fast feedback: warning (red) or caution (amber) or advisory (white) via. lights and sounds. Being more effective means having a personal crew alerting system in place to sense what’s working and signal what’s not working from actions so adjustments can be made. How well is your personal alerting system sensing and signaling you, your people, organization, or cause for more effective daily actions and better outcomes?
When daily actions are more effective, we naturally lead wiser. This means (1) our people win more often: they’re happier, they feel more secure, and they have a revitalized sense of meaning to chase and achieve better outcomes. It also means (2) we pass the torch of responsibility and ownership of more effective daily actions to other passionate and capable people, helping them lead wiser, too. Momentum develops, especially when linked to non-negotiable values, that can result in remarkable outcomes for society. In these unpredictable, times, how will you use the ideas presented here to lead wiser?
When daily actions are more effective, we naturally serve greater. This means we evolve in directing our energy less into outcomes that benefit ourselves and more into outcomes that benefit other people, organizations, communities, and ultimately causes benefiting humanity. What once may have felt like self-sacrifice now feels like a soul-fueled fire to add value that illuminates lives far into the future. Despite daily demands for your attention, how will you use the ideas presented here to serve greater?
When daily actions are more effective, we profit profoundly in three ways: (1) we’re more fulfilled, (2) we’re financially further ahead, and (3) we’re impassioned to share our fortune with people and purposes we believe in. Imagine a “profit pie chart” with the above three variables displayed with three different colors. Now, how will you use the ideas presented here to shape your “profit profoundly pie chart” to leave your legacy?