How do You Start Your Day to Ensure Peak Performance?

Usain Bolt - Delivering Peak Performance

Usain Bolt – Delivering Peak Performance everyday

The following routine at the start of the day ensures peak performance for me:

Exercise:

  • For my Body: One of the most important thing that you could do first up in the morning is to exercise your body. A healthy body is crucial for success. This is one activity that i have not been regular at, however, plan to start doing on a much more regular basis.
  • For my Mind: I read something stimulating. You could read a scripture if you are religious. I read a good book something that is not from my regular field of study or work. This keeps expands my mind and keeps it healthy. I also intend to start writing morning pages to clear my mind of all the thoughts that I accumulated through the night.
  • For my Spirit: A prayer or an expression of gratitude for all that is there in my life at the start of the day keeps me grounded and away from stress.

Intention: Manifest my intention by answering the following questions:

  • How would you like the day to unfold?
  • What is the most important action that you would you like to complete by the end-of-day?
  • What would you do with your spouse & kids?
  • Whom would I delight today?

The answer to each one of the above questions is not be more than one sentence.

Delight: 

The first thing that I do every day is to identify ways in which i can delight (or inspire) an existing customer.

These have worked for me. What is your morning routine that helps you deliver peak performance? Do share with us.

Why Do Leaders Fail

Why do Leaders Fail

Why do Leaders Fail

 

Consider the following facts:

  • The average tenure of CEO’s is reducing (more specifically for fortune 500 companies).
  • The percentage of CEO’s being asked to step down for performance reasons is steadily increasing.

Both these statistics point to one thing – many leaders are unable to fulfill their potential and are failing.

So, why do leaders fail? There are a lot of studies on this very topic and they have a lot of possible answers. Based on the researcher and their prior understanding, they talk about various reasons for why leaders fail.

However, the most important reason why leaders fail is:

Losing touch with reality

Most leaders are smart people. If they understand a challenge, you could bet that they can find out how to solve that challenge.

However, the biggest challenge is that they might never understand or come face-to-face with the real challenges that their organization might be facing.

This happens if the leaders start to rely only on their direct reports (or middle managers) and base their decisions on the feedback that they get. They forget to validate the feedback they get from their direct reports (most of whom might in fact, by secretly hoping to land  the top job themselves someday). This creates a blind-spot for the leaders. This also leads them to try and solve the wrong challenges  and exposes them to be taken by surprise when the reality strikes.

So, what is the solution?

  1. Chose your ministers carefully: Leaders need to be careful of the team that they select as their direct reports. Most important criteria to select the team is that they should not deter from being the carrier of bad news and be honest about their thoughts and opinions, when asked.
  2. Create your network of spies: Leaders should not just rely on their team to stay abreast of the reality. They should create their own network of people who can access them as and when they want to. This can be at differing levels within the organization. This network of people known only to the leader. The leader should be careful in selecting these people. The main criteria for selection should be that each one of the team member is passionate about what they do and are not afraid of telling the truth as it is.
  3. Constantly meet your customers: Leaders should continue to talk to their customers and not just people at their levels but at different levels of their customers (depending upon the business that they are in) and observe their behavior over time.
  4. Network: Leaders should strive to build a network of people who are not from similar industries and continuously monitor what they are doing and how things are changing for them.

Having said this, I think it is very important for leaders to be able to lead or inspire their team; that they are good at execution and a lot of other things that they need to constantly work to improve to remain a good leader.

This ability to stay connected with the reality is what will tie everything else they do and ensure that the energies are directed at solving the right challenges and staying the course at all times.

Three Rules for Success

Just as a compass always points to the north, so there are rules that lead to success

Just as a compass always points to the north, so there are rules that lead to success

I was checking out some of the folks that i am following on twitter to find out what they are tweeting and not just the tweets that i see on my twitter feed as the feed could be easily hijacked due to multiple reasons. 

I saw that Clay Christensen had shared a TEDx Video on twitter. His first and only tweet in almost a month. That intrigued me and listened to the video and loved it so much that i had to share it with you all as Michael Raynor shares the rules of long term success and in a way that is so simple and easy to understand.

He shares the three rules for success:

  • Better before cheaper
  • Revenue before costs
  • There are no other rules 

These are exactly my beliefs about running an organization to achieve long term success. I could not have presented my case as well as Michael (partly as I dont have the research to back it up, which he has).

So,  enjoy the video and hopefully you are able to follow these rules for success and enjoy long term success in your organization. 

So, what are your rules for success? 

 

Pushing Beyond the Obvious

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