Mentoring

Problem-Solving (#136)

Travelling overseas always gives me new perspectives and opportunities to reflect.

My wife and I recently returned from a trip overseas in which easy access to the internet via our smart phones made renting a car and finding our way around a new place a very different and less stressful experience than just 10 years ago.  Now, if you take a wrong turn, Google Maps puts you back on the right path in seconds. There are even apps that will translate a menu or webpage and you can always look up ratings for everything.

In contrast, when a friend and I took a backpacking trip around Europe twenty (plus) years ago, we were armed only with traveler’s checks, a Let’s Go Europe book, a hostel card and a Eurail Pass. We made our way through Europe with no real plan or easy way to communicate with home.

In many cities we visited, we arrived late at night without a place to stay. We had to sort our way through a new train system, city maps and foreign languages just to find a suitable hostel with beds available – all things that would likely be performed today by an app.

None of our challenges were life-threatening, however they did require us to get out of our comfort zones, figure things out and immerse ourselves in the local culture. In retrospect, the experience was invaluable.

I recently read through the journal that I kept during our journey and it was eye-opening. As I read through my entries, I kept thinking “What would my parents have thought if they knew these details?” I then realized that because they didn’t/couldn’t know, we were both better off.

Reviewing my journal made me further appreciate that, although technology has many benefits, it can also have its drawbacks.

My daughter has realized this as well. During our trip, she sent us the opening of a speech she gave while at overnight camp titled, “Disconnecting to Connect.” She spoke about the benefits of being offline for most of the summer which gave her a chance to really connect with those around her.

I then had the disheartening realization that, should any of my kids choose to backpack around Europe (or anywhere for that matter), the reality is that they will never have the type of experience that I did.

They won’t have to translate, learn currency exchange rates, manage a limited money supply because funds aren’t easily accessible, read a paper fold-out map, find a hostel or experience the adventures that can come with getting lost in a new place.

A phone call or tap of a phone app makes things so easy.

Technology will help them, but it will also deprive them of important growth opportunities, especially at such a formative time to solve problems on their own.

As we rely more and more on AI and machine learning, it’s very likely that our own problem-solving abilities will deteriorate – at a time when cognitive, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills will be needed most to compete for the jobs of the future.

Problem-solving is also rarely an individual endeavor. It’s often done in teams, creating a shared sense of purpose and accomplishment.

One of the highest-rated activities to date at Acceleration Partners was our Amazing race through Boston three years ago. Teams could not use any technology. They were given a list of activities to complete in a given time-period, a fixed budget for transportation, a map and some clues about each location. Everyone had to interact and solve problems in real-time and had an amazing time doing it.

What I’ve learned is that, in the end, when we don’t learn to solve little problems, we find ourselves getting derailed by speed bumps and unable to tackle bigger problems down the road.

What’s needed is a shift in our mindset to embrace the challenges before us and see problems as opportunities to learn, grow, connect and interact with the world around us in new ways.

 

Quote of the Week

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”

Theodore Rubin

 

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Recruiting Secrets: How to Get and Keep the Best Talent l Matt Massucci l Episode #558

Matt co-founded Hirewell in 2001, because he saw a need to approach recruiting in a relationship-focused, process- and results-oriented way. His 20 years of talent acquisition experience have been focused on building strong relationships with top tier organizations around the world. Matt has deep experience in Tech recruiting, executive search, and designing and delivering Outsourced Recruiting solutions for top organizations. Prior to Hirewell, Matt began his career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen and later Deloitte Consulting. Matt graduated with a degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).

 

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Focal Points (#135)

Last week, our leadership team participated in a two-day planning session that we do every quarter. At these off-sites, we lay out our most important objectives – as a company and individually — for the next three months.

Each team member also establishes rocks/goals for the quarter. At this quarter’s off-site, our new coaches really pushed us to only select and focus on three goals each, rather the five-to-six we’ve been accustomed to creating in the past.

Based on their extensive experience and numerous studies, it turns out that when we set too many goals we actually complete fewer of them.

There is a great story about Warren Buffett related to this that conveys the importance of focus. As the story goes, Buffett heard his personal airline pilot, Mike Flint, talking about his long-term goals and priorities. After he was done, Buffett suggested to Flint that he conduct the following exercise:

  • Step 1: Write down your top 25 career goals on a single piece of paper.
  • Step 2: Circle only your top five options.
  • Step 3: Put the top five on one list and the remaining 20 on a second list.

When Flint commented that he would continue to work on the second list intermittently, Buffett interjected, saying “No. You’ve got it wrong, Mike. Everything you didn’t circle just became your Avoid-At-All-Cost list. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve succeeded with your top 5.”

The implication is that the other 20 goals would distract him from accomplishing his top five most important goals. It’s the same thing if we set too many rocks (goals) for ourselves and our company each quarter.

There is a significant difference between being busy and getting a lot done versus achieving at a high level. For example, many of us start the day with a list of 25 things to do and then end that day with many of the most salient items still on the list. We pass over what is most important in favor of accomplishing things that are quicker or easier to do.

Carrying out Buffett’s process as an individual, team or company is a valuable exercise. In addition, here are a few tips to help you and your team stay focused and accomplish your most important, long-term goals.

  1. Recognize that time is a precious and fixed resource.
  2. Identify what’s Urgent from what’s Important.
  3. Align your top priorities with your core purpose and core values.
  4. Don’t book 100% of your time; schedule in rest and relaxation.
  5. Pay attention to things you should stop doing.
  6. Be selective with who you give your energy to.

The other key to goal-setting is making them SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely). For example, “run a long distance” is not a S.M.A.R.T goal; “Completing a half-marathon by January 2020” is. Getting SMART and getting focused will help you finish 2018 strong.

 

Quote of The Week

“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”

Zig Ziglar

 

 

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Early Riser (#134)

For most of us, the notion of surviving a near-death experience, whether it be personal or professional, is terrifying. If we’re “lucky,” we may experience it once.

Hal Elrod has experienced it three times.

At the age of 20, Hal was pronounced clinically dead for six minutes when he was hit head-on by a drunk driver going 70 miles per hour. When he woke from a coma, he was told by doctors that he would never walk again. Over the next six days, Elrod had seven surgeries to repair 11 broken bones, a ruptured spleen and severed nerves. He flatlined twice during surgery.

Yet, not only did he walk again, he went on to run a 52-mile ultramarathon.

Then, when the global financial crisis hit, Hal experienced a professional near-death experience.  His speaking engagements and coaching clients canceled their contracts. He had just bought a house and gotten engaged and, without that income, he quickly racked up $425,000 in debt. He was on a downhill spiral and openly contemplated suicide.

Needing some motivation and inspiration, Hal began studying some of the world’s highest achievers (artists, athletes, business leaders, etc.). What he noticed was that almost all of them had a morning routine and they all consisted of a few similar elements.

Not sure which ones to focus on, he decided to develop his own personal morning routine that incorporated all the elements and, with the help of his wife, coined his new sunup ritual “The Miracle Morning.” Eventually, he wrote about his morning routine and how it turned his life around. A short time later his book, The Miracle Morning became both a best-seller and garnered a loyal online and offline community of productive early risers.

I started incorporating The Miracle Morning habits into my life three years ago and have not looked back.

Here are the six key elements of a meaningful morning routine which Hal coined his Life SAVERS:

  1. Silence. This can be meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing or expressions of gratitude; done individually or in combination with other steps.
  2. Affirmation: Repeating positive statements about oneself in order to create a positive, self-confident attitude.
  3. Visualization: Using your imagination to create mental pictures of specific outcomes and behaviors that you are hoping to achieve.
  4. Exercise. Even just a few minutes to get your blood pumping and heart rate elevated. It has so many positive benefits on stress, focus and more.
  5. Reading. At least 10 pages a day on a topic focused on personal development or inspiration. This element was the genesis of the idea for Friday Forward. I wasn’t finding what I wanted to read so I started writing it.
  6. Scribing. Writing each day, whether in a journal, pages of a book or just stream of consciousness. Hal actually wrote The Miracle Morning during his morning routine and it’s when I write my Friday Forwards each week.

More recently, in 2016, Hal was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that had only a 30 percent survival rate. He beat that too and now speaks about the critical role that his established Miracle Morning routine played in his cancer battle and remission.

If you do the same research that Hal did, you will find that almost anyone with sustained achievement at a high level –and who is not a night owl—has a morning routine. They get up early and play offense rather than react defensively to the world around them. They start each day with intention and focus on what’s most important to them, not to everyone else. They run their days rather than having their days run them.

Most people insist that they just can’t get up any earlier. I would argue, from my own experience, that you can’t afford not to.

I had the privilege of chatting with Hal a few weeks back on our Outperform podcast. When you listen to the episode, I think you will find, as I certainly did, that his positivity is infectious; his passion for helping others live their best life is genuine; and his steps for how to improve our morning routines to be simple, feasible and life-changing.

 

Quote of the Week

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Benjamin Franklin

 

 

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