MARCH 2013

A SUCCESS STORY

My blood froze. My breath stopped. Paralyzed, I watched from a distance. Central Park went mute. A German shepherd arrived among the five or six unleashed dogs that reunited on the grass daily. Yet, this newcomer only saw the youngest: mine a black poodle convinced that one day, he’d become a Great Dane.

I watched Danny retract on his hindquarters in slow motion as the towering police dog approached him from top-bottom their noses about to make contact. One rapid snatch and twist of the neck could snap my pet’s spine. My brain registered the chemical odor of adrenaline filling my nostrils. I expressed a final wish, “Rapture, please.”

In synchronicity with an unuttered, “NOW!” Danny shot like a bullet beneath the German shepherd’s nose commencing a race that only a poodle could win. He ran elliptical circles around the large dog barking maniacally each time he came within inches of him. The German shepherd, unable to follow the moving target’s speed, started panting stressed. He never budged whilst laughter never felt so good.

We often compare ourselves to others focusing on their strengths, at the expense of our own. We might go as far as exaggerating theirs while minimizing ours. Working with leadership teams across two continents, I’ve observed that even talented leaders are quicker to name weaknesses than strengths.

Think Smart. Weaknesses drain – strengths come easy. Since success is action-based, you want to allocate energy to maximize strengths rather than minimize weaknesses. For Danny, speed offset size converting an imminent threat into opportunity (he got a fantastic workout!).

Do you know your signature strengths? What are you naturally, not just good but great at? If you don’t know, find out. If you need help, call me. You could become the next Success Story….

CASE STUDY

Accelerating High Performance

I partnered with a Fortune 100 company whose intent was to create “happier customers.” Our goal: to improve communication by reducing delays in response time. The client agreed to engage the project team with the customer to accelerate ‘real life’ application of learning in the ‘real world’.

Intervention was short and sweet. No theory, only practice (smart people learn quickly from experience). I selected a rock climbing gym as our field of operations. Each team of three individually took turns at being responsible for communication, safety, and climbing. Round two involved the climber climbing blindfolded while depending entirely on another team member to communicate the exact location of hand- and footholds enabling progress. Round three combined prior strategic thinking, communication, and teamwork, in a race against time.

Teams demonstrated immediate improvement in thinking strategically, focusing sharply, and acting quickly. Members self-corrected in real time. I never mentioned the importance of trust, commitment, responsibility, or focus on results.

Truth was self-evident: failure to perform resulted in falling or letting someone ‘hang’ until lowered to safety. No one wanted to be that person or contribute to that situation.

During the post-mortem, client and customer continued sharing mutual lessons learnt forging greater trust strengthening their relationship.

Here’s how to accelerate high performance with your team:

  • Name the Game Players must be excited to win or they’ll sabotage the game.

  • Select Key Players Well-defined roles determine expected behaviors, and responsibilities.

  • Safeguard the Trust Maximize awareness and commit your utmost to protect mutual trust.

  • Less is More Rapid, short, and simplified communication reduces noise in the system and builds momentum.

  • Celebrate Wins Find and amplify successes to build a culture of winning.

ASK ANGIE

If you could ask one question about what’s holding you back from catapulting your life forward, what would it be To ask yours, click on the link below.

Q. I spent the last 15 years building my company, wealth, and success. Now that the money is there my priorities are health and a romantic relationship. I control my diet, working out, and how much rest I get; I don’t control finding the “right partner.” What are your recommendations for making headway?

A. You’re in good company. This is a common phenomenon among male entrepreneurs in North America. I’d focus on what you influence, not what you don’t. I’m not clear whether the chase has begun for you. I see three possibilities:

  • Paradise: You’re attracting many people who all seem so wonderful that you can’t make up your mind — What a problem to have! Sorry. No pity for success.

  • Hell: You’re attracting all the wrong people. My mentor says, “Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is a pattern.” The bad news is, the problem is You; the good news, you’re in control of finding cause. An expert in late marriage, I’ve helped many “Alpha-Achievers” make up for lost time by jettisoning surplus emotional baggage. If you value self-growth, let’s talk!

  • Purgatory: You’re not attracting enough people into your life to even know, if they’re the right or wrong type. You influence this: Change the places you hang out. Cultivate an interest or hobby that fosters meeting new people.

When you are truly ready to have a relationship you will attract that person into your life. Prior to then, she could walk right past you and you’d never notice. In the meantime, focus on becoming the type of person you’d like to attract and be with.

Send me your questions. Although I can’t promise to reply to each one individually, you may see yours featured here in an upcoming issue!

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NEED A SPEAKER?

I’m booking speaking engagements for 2013 —If you, your company, or association are looking for an expert on leadership development or performance excellence for a conference, break out session, workshop, or retreat, contact me at angie@platinum-performance.com.

I’ll craft a customized message to fit your event’s theme and deliver unique content your attendees haven’t heard before to help them improve individual and organizational performance.

“Becoming more effective requires slowing down–not speeding up; it’s hard to miss expected results when you’re focused on the right target and your mind is in gear.

Angie Katselianos

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