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Down But Never Out

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic knows a thing or two about winning and losing. Djokovic won his second Wimbledon tennis title, beating seven-time champion Roger Federer, and moving past Rafael Nadal to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the world ranking. In interviews after his win, he acknowledged that his string of previous losses had gotten to him, effecting him mentally. Yet, being down didn’t mean he was permanently out, as he proved with this win.

The same is true for every corporate team and every individual business player, yet, many people often get stuck in a down and out mentality. Even the very best employees have moments of discouragement, or even despair, that they can’t seem to shake.

Persistent thoughts become pervasive beliefs, and some of these reek of inaccurate assumptions and dangerous misinformation. That’s why I’ve often thought it would be useful if humans had a reset button behind one ear to reboot our brains. With one press, we could start over, interrupting thoughts, words, or actions that are counterproductive or even harmful.

Since we don’t come equipped from the factory with such a device, I offer the following aftermarket alternative. When team members are stuck in a down and out mindset, offer one of these four options:

  • Reboot… when a solid plan was in place, but wasn’t followed. A reboot allows for a fresh chance to work the plan from beginning to end.
  • Reset… when parts of the plan weren’t followed, requiring only a reset on those portions of the plan. Without having to completely start over, momentum continues as the missing elements are integrated into the working plan.
  • Reconfigure… when the plan was worked correctly, consistently, and completely, but the result was not meeting expectations. Without having to rewrite the plan, only the elements that were contributing to the issue need to be reconfigured.
  • Redesign… if there was no plan and, no surprise, nothing good has come of that. Redesign allows for learning from this oversight, creating a plan for moving forward based upon what was learned in the process.

Feeling down is a great opportunity to keep what works and change or leave behind the rest. Reboot, Reset, Reconfigure, Redesign allows people to transform problems into opportunities that create better results.

This Week’s Radical Accountability Activating Action: Teach your team Reboot, Reset, Reconfigure, and Redesigned. And use it yourself, as you’ll benefit from this process and teach from a place of having walked the talk.


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Leadership Power Cycling

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When we call tech support for computer issues more often than not their first suggestion is to turn the system off, then back on. This simple step, called power cycling, often clears up many technical issues. Oh, if we could just do the same with employees to reset their issues!

While you can’t force other people to reboot their brains, leaders can reset their own. This is called Leadership Power Cyclingconsciously taking a few moments to reenergize the mental, physical, and emotional abilities necessary for success in management.

How do you do this? The Leadership Reset, one of the most flexible and universal tools of Radical Accountability, is like switching off your capabilities and rebooting them within a matter of minutes.

Here are the steps:

Stop…whatever you’re doing.

Breathe…and feed the brain with oxygen. Just a few breaths enriches the intellect, slows down any nervous energy, reduces emotional reactions, and increases presence and use of all of your faculties.

Think…about the desired outcome. When dealing with an area outside your expertise, think about whose input on that outcome would help, and ask for their experience and wisdom. Using others’ insights and your own intellect, make a choice that is the most efficient and effective way to create the desired outcome.

Act…immediately once a decision has been made.

When should you power cycle? Anytime your personal systems start to become bogged down by conflict, distracted by emotions, or hampered by overwhelming quantities of information. Since our brains are advanced computing devices and our bodies house them, resetting them from time to time only makes sense.

This Week’s Radical Accountability Activating Action: Employ Leadership Power Cycling anytime you begin to notice yourself becoming inundated with information, emotions, or conflict.


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Reboot, Reset, Reconfigure, Redesign – A Way of Life for the New Year

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As a former Windows user (and very happy Mac guy today), I remember those dreaded blue screens of death. It was inevitable that a few times each month my system would lock up and I’d have to hit the reset button, frequently losing at least the last few paragraphs I’d typed.

I’ve often thought it would be useful if humans had a reset button behind one ear to reboot our brains as we experience the equivalent of the blue screen. With one press, we could start over, interrupting thoughts, words, or actions that are counterproductive or even harmful.

Since we don’t come equipped from the factory with such a device, I offer the following aftermarket alternative. When your personal or professional outcome is not what’s desired, engage one of four options:

Reboot: A solid plan is in place, but wasn’t followed. A reboot allows for a fresh chance to work the plan from beginning to end.

Reset: Parts of the plan weren’t followed, requiring only a reset on those portions of the plan. Without having to completely start over, momentum continues as the missing elements are integrated into the working plan.

Reconfigure: The plan was worked correctly, consistently, and completely, but the result is not meeting expectations. Without overwriting the entire system, only the elements of the plan that are contributing to the issue need to be reconfigured.

Redesign: There was no plan and, no surprise, nothing good has come of that. Redesign allows for learning from this oversight, creating a plan for moving forward based upon what was learned in the process.

The new year is a great opportunity to keep what works and change or leave behind the rest. Reboot, Reset, Reconfigure, Redesign allows us to transform blue screens of death into nimble operating systems that create better results.

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