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Hello Sherpa!

June 27, 2019

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Hello Sherpa!

Even the best mountaineering people in the world enlist the help of a Sherpa when making the climb to the top of the highest peeks in the world.  World class mountain climbers are the best at what they do. They are skilled in mountain climbing.  They prepare for their journey for many months and have the plan well formulated. Yet when they arrive at the base of the mountain they get a guide. A Sherpa who knows the lay of the land and can not only guide them but also provide critical insights into their safety and well being.

That is what separates the best climbers in the world from the rest.  They already know and have prepared for their climb but still enlist the Sherpa to give them guidance to take them to new heights. These skilled climbers have had to reduce their ego and understand that threw the involvement of the guide they will increase their chances to achieving their goal and ascend to the top of the mountain.

I find too often that some business owners and leaders don’t view their climb to success and better result in the same fashion.  To them it is all about their knowledge and capabilities and not the collective mind set.

I understand this all to well. Years ago when entangled in the corporate setting, putting one step in front of the other climbing the supposed ladder of success there was an inner feeling of reward when I accomplished something. By not having others involved (or so I had convinced myself) I could relish in the victory. In my own mind savor the sweetness of doing it on my own. The reality was it was not just me but the collective that succeeded.  This taught me some valuable lessons which have shaped my contribution to those clients we are proud to serve.

As time went on, I realized that the path to results is much cleaner when you enlist a guide to help you through the terrain.  Someone who can not just give guidance but also assist in helping you sort out best decisions and the means to put them into action.  It was not about giving up that I was not smart enough or strong enough but more about using the valuable insights of a Guide or Sherpa to assist in the navigation to better, higher, greater results.

This week as you look at ways to improve yourself and your business give some consideration to enlisting the support of a guide.  Someone who is not going to run your business for you but someone who can assist in helping you run your business even better.

Should you have a Sherpa to assist you in climbing your business to new height? Call JKL Associates at (313) 527-7945 to enlist your “Promise Guide” to help you ascend to hew heights.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246

 

 
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!
 
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Journaling to Improvement

June 20, 2019

ISSN# 1545-2646

Journaling to Improvement

Are you someone who already journals? Maybe you have already discovered the power of journaling? Maybe it is time to share your discovery with others so they too can grow and improve by journaling.

Journal writing seems to come an go over time.  Right now there appears to be a resurgence to this understanding process. Some people do it to document their passage of time.  Others do it as an expression of their creativity. Yet still others may do it to capture their mind set during unique times so that they can better reflect on how those mind sets effected the outcome. What ever your reason, the process of journaling can add many new and interesting insights to your life and business.

When I engage owners of businesses to assist them in taking themselves and their organization to new better level of results, I encourage them to journal daily.  Taking just a few minutes each morning or evening and capture what is going on in their world, their mind, their business.  Just to write it down without over thinking it or trying to polish it up.  Just the simple act of capturing your thoughts and reviewing them over time can help you discover some profound things about you  and or your business.

It sounds and is very simplistic at its core but it is not always easy to do. If you currently are not a person who journals then you are going to need to form a new habit. You will have to find some 5 to 10 minute window to separate yourself from the world and journal. That new time slot is not always available and it is easy in todays world to find a dozen things to put in its place. The other challenge is that just by writing a few things down you won’t see the value right away and in our instant gratification society the magic won’t just suddenly appear after a couple of days. Sometimes it takes weeks to capture enough stuff to be able to extract some themes you might want to explore and understand in more detail. Then comes the challenge of looking at your journals and maybe for the first time seeing things about yourself or your business that you really did not want to look at so you avoided them.  Not that it is front and center and you may feel compelled to take some different action.

It is these gems of journaling that we improve ourselves to be better than we were.  Making ourselves better will in turn make our businesses better.

This week make a commitment to improve.  Start journaling! You can go out and buy a new paper journal or you can simply start jotting stuff down in a digital file.  There are also journaling tools you can digitally record your daily items and store them in the cloud.  I use all three to capture the events of my world and use these insights to constantly better myself and those who give me the honor and privilege to be part of their lives and businesses.

Want a journaling Promise Guide? That person to share your thoughts with so they can give feedback insights to help you improve? –  call JKL Associates at (313) 527-7945 and we will get you set up.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246
Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!
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Finding your “Purpose”

June 13, 2019

ISSN# 1545-2646

Finding your “Purpose”

When it comes to a driving force behind a winning attitude you can almost always attribute it to that deep down reason – that “Purpose” or why someone is willing to go above and beyond in order to accomplish something.  Given the right purpose that resonates with some one they can do remarkable things.  They can endure longer cycles. They can weather more severe storms. They will perform regardless of the environment around them.

The same holds true for groups and teams. Consider sports for a moment.  Think of a team who had the best talent but was unable to win the championship.  Think also of the team that when the chips were down they mustered the synergy to collect themselves and win the big game even when they were the less talented of the competitors.  The difference was the drive behind them – their purpose.

Purpose is not a result.  The win of the game or the achievement of the goal is not the purpose.  That may be one of the accomplishments attached to the purpose but the results in and of itself is not the purpose.  For example, the purpose for you to lead a business in not profit.  Yes you want to make profits but that happens when your core purpose is realized and executed. The profit value is just the measurement of how well your purpose drove you toward the “WHY” you were seeking.

In our world, we tend to gloss over the true driving forces such as Purpose.  This may be because it is sometimes hard to articulate.  We can’t put it into words because we have very rarely taken the time to step back and capture what our purpose really is. We struggle with this because we don’t want to share some of our most inner feelings with the outside world. It can also be because so many other people tell us that it does not matter. Why waste your time on that – just go out and do something even if it is out of alignment with who you are.

We see this manifest itself in businesses where there is no defined purpose and employees turnover because all they are viewed is through the lens of hands rather than soul.  Purpose nurtures the soul which is the food which drives the mind and body.  This is the area which can withstand hurricane force challenges and remain standing to fight another battle.  When your organization not only takes time to define and embrace your purpose for being, you will be able to attract those individuals who share in your same purpose.  Together like the sports team with average talent who wins the big game, your organization will accomplish feats not originally seen as possible.

This week, look around you at your team.  Do you really know what each of their purposes are?  Would they align with your purpose?  Does your business exist for a purpose?

Purpose drives results so now is the time to engage JKL Associates by calling (313) 527-7945 to start to embrace your “Purpose.”

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246

Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!
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Link up on LinkedIn ? www.linkedIn.com/in/jklassociates
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 Copyright – JKL Associates 2019
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Wandering in the forest

June 6, 2019

ISSN# 1545-2646

Wandering in the forest

When you go hiking in the forest you see lots of trees. If you were in the lumber business you would see each tree differently.  Each one would represent a certain amount of value.  The leisurely walk in the woods might change into a business trip of sorts. With each step the lumberman sizes up just how each tree contributes to his business success. He sees how each tree contributes to the whole.

This brings to mind the adage of “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” This typically refers to a person so caught up in the detail that they don’t see the big picture. I might suggest that some leaders get caught up only in the big picture and don’t take the time to see how all the parts fit together to achieve the success desired.  When it does not happen then they start looking for a particular reason which caused the failure. This is in the reverse order.  If all the pieces work together from the start then the outcome is far more probable to achieve the desired result.

The other adage which comes to mind is “Take time to stop and smell the roses.” This typically refers to the person moving along at such a rapid pace that they may get to the end but never enjoy the journey or experience the progress along the way to an end result.

Mix a good blend of all the various contributing factors of a business strategy and then take action. Thus allowing your tactics in the strategy to play out while you assess their value to the whole strategy. This results in not just greater performance but a more effective and efficient operation.

This week give some consideration as to how you operate your business.  Are you stuck counting trees and not seeing the whole strategy which could lead you into the wrong end results. Maybe you are seeing the big picture but don’t concern yourself enough with the details and they come back to bite you in the behind. Finding the right balance between the entire strategy of the whole while understanding and having expectations for the execution of the tactics will lead to great net positive results.  Not only in terms of productivity, revenues and profits but will also contribute to an environment of a winning culture.

Need help sorting out the trees and smelling the roses? Time to call JKL Associates at (313) 527-7945 and engage a “Promise Guide” for your journey.

Questions or comments – email us at partners@jklassociates.com or call our Offices – MI at (313) 527-7945 FL at (407) 984-7246

Our Purpose – To build Relationships rooted in “Purpose” so authentic contributions deliver “Promises”
A life where a “Promise” means something!
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Link up on LinkedIn ? www.linkedIn.com/in/jklassociates
Follow us on Twitter ? www.twitter.com/@jklassociates

 Copyright – JKL Associates 2019

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