A few weeks ago, I went hiking again on the Grand Saint Bernard; one of the most beautiful alpine passes in Switzerland.
This time I changed an important parameter: I took the train and the bus instead of the car. Although I've been there several times by car, this time the experience was different. For instance, we drove through a pretty village that you usually miss. I also finished the hike at a different place than at the beginning. And so on.
In many companies, I see too many routines far too fixed. The same results are produced over and over again. Just average. Outstanding things rarely happen when everything happens the same way each time.
There is a rather uncomfortable truth that is hard for many to digest: You have the exact life that you want and the exact level of success and failure that you want.
Your subconscious mind will constantly make decisions for you that will bring you closer to your goals. Also, several studies show that we make about 95% of our decisions unconsciously. So we don't even notice when we make them.
Don't worry: you're not alone. The connection between subconscious goals and level of success is true for every person, every team and even entire companies.
The consequence: to be more successful and achieve different things than before, you will have to intervene in this subconscious control process. Usually, this requires intensive work, preferably with an external expert (coach, sparring partner). ...
When I talk to CEOs and other leaders about how they can achieve more with their team, the conversation most often turns to the same topic: mindset.
"The mindset of our people is not geared towards winning." Or:
"The employees are too satisfied with the status quo. There is no pressure." And:
"How can I change the mindset of my people?"
Those are just a few of the typical statements I hear too often.
After studying dozens of companies and conducting countless research on the subject, I can tell you three certain facts, which are crucial if you want to change the mindset of your people toward a winning team culture:
Most great ideas are confronted with enormous resistance - most of which is well-founded. How do the most successful nevertheless win time and again and implement their ideas? In the video I give some ideas by means of a prominent example.
Sometimes, I honestly get the feeling from some of the companies that I have visited have been imposed with a "laughter ban". Not only that: somehow everything in the work environment, including the tasks look tedious and almost painful.
I hear conversations like this:
The next project? "We'll never make it!"
The sales targets? "The markets won't allow that! And the customers are all restraining themselves anyway!”
To strategically advance the company? "I'd love to, but because of all the problems I don't have the time!”
Do these examples sound familiar to you?
"Energy flows where focus goes" is coaching master Tony Robbins’s old saying. In other words, he means: If you only ever discuss the problems, as negatively as possible (and in some companies, it almost seems to be a competition), you will get more and more of them.
About 50 years ago, we were on the moon for the first time (and about 47 years ago we were on the moon for the last time). Click here to watch a short video related to this event.
Many people ask the question "Why should we go to the moon at all?" And: "Aren't there more urgent problems to solve?
Of course, this is not about the moon, but about the fact that most leaders have forgotten to think big and to believe in extraordinary goals.
"Don't dare too much" is the motto. In that case, it is better to first optimize the processes or start the next employee survey, for instance. Also, many managers prefer to spend their days discussing the problems they face.
I miss the big visions, in politics and especially in business.
It is difficult to turn an average company (or business area) into a sustainably outstanding one.
That's exactly why the best coaches are called upon in sport when it comes to advancing to the next league (or to the Champions League finals). Also, leadership is extremely important in business for the same reason.
If you study the topic (and especially the successes), it's always these three steps with which you can turn an average team into an outstanding winning team:
Is it the same for you? As soon as the New Year celebrations have faded away, the first half of the year is already over. You don't even have six months to reach your annual goals.
Maybe you're on the right track, or or maybe you’re behind schedule (at least that's what I hear from various companies). What's important is that the most successful companies never adjust their targets downwards. Instead, successful companies consider how they can still make good progress now to exceed even the most demanding targets.
Do you say you can't do that because of the global threat of trade war, lack of demand, the difficult situation or other external factors? The brutal truth is: with this mentality you and your team return to the mental comfort zone.
What do you think of this summer? Too hot? Or rather, wasn't it too cold until a few days ago?
My point is this: no matter what you think, there will be many people who see the whole thing differently than you do. Although that's actually a trivial insight, but it's always overlooked in everyday life.
Sometimes I jokingly say that as a leadership coach I am at times also an expensive reminder. So, with this point:
Your internal story about this summer has a massive influence on your behavior and your actions (for remembrance: Thinking Behavior Action Results).
If someone has a different story about it (i.e. thinks differently), he or she will behave differently. Thus, they will achieve different results. But it gets even harder: the other person will interpret your behavior from his or her viewpoint. They might also react "strangely" in your view.
Now, here comes the transition to business: we not only think differently only about the summer weather but about everything. It also...
I have often written about the importance of language for your success: The words and expressions you use repeatedly influence not only your own success but also your environment.
An example: If you constantly react with "yes but" to suggestions, you send your own brain in search of reasons not to look at the suggestion in the first place. And sure enough, you will find these reasons!
Besides these language patterns, there are also very simple words and incredibly widespread phrases and send a message that can hamper success:
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