>Inspiring Your Authentic Week

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Inspiring Your Authentic Week

Beyond logic

Posted: 02 Jun 2008 01:55 PM CDT

Do you know that feeling. The one where there is a big gap between the logical reasons why you like something and how much you actually like it?

I am like that with cycling. There are all sorts of logical reasons why I like it so much; the fitness, the fresh air, the scenery, the cool gadgets, the mechanics of it, the heroism (of pro cycling), the speed and so on. But when I add all of those up, they still don’t add up to how I feel about cycling.

And that gap is the difference between “like” and “love”, between “OK” and “passionate”, between “involved” and “avid”.

In our own lives the greatest fulfillment will come if we can organise it so that as much of our time as possible; our work, our significant relationship, our home are all off the “like” scale and into the “love” scale.

When we love what we are doing we are more committed, more engaged, more present, more motivated than when it is just acceptable.

So what does that mean for our work?

If we can adjust our work so that our focus is on doing what we love to do, achieving an outcome that we also love, we have the possibility to achieve something significant.

If we employ people the difference in their effectiveness when they love the job and the outcome, compared to tolerating it is the same and an enormously valuable shift. If we can enable them to achieve something significant, either individually or as a team we have the opportunity to move up a further gear.

The way that I have achieved this for business clients it to have an entire team or business, individually articulate their “life purpose” or “core motivation” to then use that to define a team purpose and a vision for what it will look like to achieve that purpose.

We then go on to identify the obstacles to achieving the vision and then create the teams to overcome the obstacles, based on their own passions and talents. The individual teams devise their own plans for overcoming the obstacles and present them back to the wider group.

The result is an entire team or company engaged on realising a purpose to which they are all passionately committed, working beyond “involvement” to “avid dedication” to their task.

This process is transformational to tasks like new product development, process and systems innovation, cultural development, leadership, change management and team building.

Why would you want to work with less commitment?

Do you want some help in making it happen for you?

With love

nx

neil crofts  – coach, consultant, facilitator
Authentic Transformation – join the evolution
UK mobile 07775 658534
neil@authentictransformation.co.uk 
 www.authentictransformation.co.uk

belief precedes reality

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About Neil Crofts

Writer, coach and consultant on authentic business and authentic leadership. Neil has inspired and motivated hundreds organisations and thousands of individuals to their highest potential. Neil has written three published books and numerous e-books. Neil is a coach, facilitator and consultant helping people and businesses find their authentic purpose and use it to inspire and motivate them to be everything that they can be. Neil has raced cars, been self-employed, run a company and sold it, been employed by large companies, experienced growth and contraction at the heart of the dotcom boom, tried changing companies from the inside and from the outside as European Head of Strategy at internet consultancy/rock band Razorfish. Neil has been independent for over 10 years and delivered his Authentic Leadership message to a diverse range of business audiences including people at BP, Shell, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, MSN, Jamie Oliver, South Gloucestershire Council, National Blood Transfusion Service, KaosPilots Business School, Fashion company By Malene Birger, German technology company Eleven.
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