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Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC
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2016 What is Your One Thing?
During one of my recent Unleashing Your Inner Leader classes we had a
discussion on leadership effectiveness. I always start this
section with the following two quotes:
"The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy
to say yes."
- Tony Blair former English Prime Minister.
am thankful to all those who said no. It's because of them that I
did it myself."
- Albert Einstein.
As these quotes suggest, the art of leadership effectiveness is
learning the skill of precise prioritization and how to effectively
say "no". In class we talked through different
scenarios of saying no and how to effectively make the decision stick.
It became apparent that the first step is to be sure of your goal or
what is really important to you. The more that you can feel
comfortable about your prioritization, the stronger you can be in
One of the gentlemen in the class shared a book that he was reading
One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
by Gary Keller and Jay Papazon. He went on to explain that the
basic premise of the book is that we each have one thing that we do
really well and we should dedicate ourselves to discovering this one
thing and spend that majority of our time doing this one thing.
It occurred to me that this concept is similar to discovering and
living your personal brand. Your personal brand is discovering
your authentic self (or your one thing); then living your life doing
this one thing. To clarify, several examples from my clients come to
- A software
project manager whose one thing is to implement software projects
with integrity to the contract for all parties concerned.
pharmaceutical thought leader whose total focus is to do what is
best for the patient.
- A partner
in an accounting firm whose one thing is to grow their Asian
business by making connections with the RIGHT people, with
the RIGHT methods with the RIGHT resources.
Vickie whose one thing is to maximize the success of her clients.
This then begs the question: what is your one thing? What is the one
thing that is at the core of your being? What is your top value, that
when acted upon produces impactful results and you are happy when you
produce these results?
As I paged through the book there was another section that grabbed my
attention, it was titled the four thieves of productivity. The
concept was: once you have discovered your one thing, then your
productivity will soar when you do your one thing the majority of your
time. The top "thief" of productivity is once again not
being able to say "no".
In all of my leadership coaching and training, it seems that saying
"no" is the hardest. This is because; if you are unclear
about your goals (your one thing) then you cannot develop the skills
to effectively say no. In summary, the first step to increasing your
productivity is to discover your one thing. The second step is
to ruthlessly prioritize your work so that you are working on your one
thing the majority of the time and effectively saying no to work that
does not support your one thing. I invite you to visit www.the1thing.com
for additional information and exercises.
Discovering your one thing and acting on it could be one of the best
ways to unleash your Inner Leader.
For more information on personal values and a fun exercise to discover your values, please see Chapter 3 in my book
Unleashing Your Inner Leader, An Executive Coach Tells
All, available on Amazon.
Coach Vickie Bevenour
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Certified Coach and a member of the International Coach Federation
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