Keys to a Better Life
In late November 2o12 I blogged about Work Blueprints and towards the end I wrote, “Today and every day is now the next step towards becoming and experiencing myself as a company cultural change agent…”
Two weeks ago, the Senior Executive I support invited me to become the next greatest version of myself. The role I was invited to fill is, and I quote, “a cultural change agent”. My response…I was almost speechless.
With hindsight, I’ve observed an internal shift that took place that day, and continues to occur, as my awareness, vitality and enthusiasm for life and this area of service continues to grow. I recognise that a role like this is an inevitable part of still greater goals.
While this offer is not surprising, based on my acquired knowledge and implementation of the laws that govern life, I do find it amazing and immensely exciting that it is occurring as it is. What’s also amazing is the manner in which the circumstances around this role are transpiring…
While I have experienced being invited to move onwards and upwards within organisations before, those offers generally came with lengthy discussions, a job description, a letter of offer, and an action plan. This one however, is the second invitation I’ve received from this Executive to pretty much make it whatever I want.
The first time he extended such an invitation, in early July this year [2o13], I didn’t come up with anything. Although I gave his invitation a lot of thought and consideration, I just couldn’t see how to bridge the gap from where I was to where I wanted to be. While there was an opportunity to apply for a role within an area of one of his direct reports, I didn’t feel good about carrying out duties and responsibilities I wasn’t totally passionate about and interested in – even if it did include coaching and a clearly defined job description, expectations and outcomes which I mostly met or could achieve.
In response, I returned to my ideal internally (cultural change agent) and continued to do the work that was before me, to the best of my ability. I also continued to look for opportunities to add more value.
This most recent offer on the other hand, came with three or four broad points, including the area he thought my services could first be applied, and an open invitation that while he’s opening the door, the rest is up to me.
The weekend immediately following the offer, I came up with a role that would ease me into the position of cultural change agent while overseeing the higher duties for him. When I relayed my half-cocked plan on Monday morning his response was along the lines of this needs to be one or the other and if I’m going to do this I should jump in heart and all.
Throughout last week I had a number of conversations with the Team Leader to whom I thought I would report and a couple of brief ones with the Executive – he’s a clever man of few words.
This direct report is enthusiastic and keen about hooking up and creating unique change also, so on Friday I went home with information about the John Whitmore et el GROW model to be facilitated throughout our network along with divisional key performance indicators (KPIs) for the new financial year which began on 1 September.
Having not been aligned to KPIs since arriving 15 months ago and receiving a broad directive of expectations that weren’t formalised, fortunately, I now had some structure and direction to proceed from.
Yesterday, I spent the morning familiarising myself with the department’s and direct report’s KPIs and reviewing the GROW model; recognising that GROW was a significant part of a $42,000 investment I made in 2006 to become a registered Business Improvement Specialist™ (a business coach).
By late morning I began feeling uneasy, as though I had started rowing up stream, so I pulled my oars in, left the material and made time to assimilate what I had been reading and feeling about it. By doing so I gained further clarity in a few areas:
- the structured coaching, training, and $42,000 investment of 2006 became most effective to and for me after an additional four years of full time study in the fundamentals of a variety of methodologies and philosophies (including neuro linguistics programming (NLP), hypnotherapy, metaphysics, quantum physics, and science of the mind). Anthony and I applied concepts from these areas to improve the quality of our life (at home, in business, and in relationship).
An outcome of this study and training was the releasing of vast amounts of limiting beliefs, decisions and anchors we had learnt and consolidated in our lifetime and the development of a four step process of coaching and self-coaching we refer to as Keys to a Better Life (Keys).
Based on our experience and results, as well as that of others, the process becomes easier and elegant, rapid and lasting the more it is applied.
With an additional three years of living these Keys, individually and together, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our small but significant shifts are now becoming large, significant ones gaining momentum towards our version of an ideal life.
- Keys is not a process that is absorbed into an existing culture and way of doing things.
While everyone is doing the best they can with the information they have, to become part of the problem (or rather an immature system of beliefs and behaviours) doesn’t enable me to be part of the solution (or rather the cultural evolution) I seek to be.
Keys has been designed to radically change culture and the way we perceive, speak about and do things. It is however implemented parallel to the current way of perceiving, doing and achieving and can definitely integrate with models like GROW which are already commercially accepted.
- Keys is a process to open doors to our mind which enable new thoughts to emerge that give meaning and purpose to goals, targets, KPIs, relationships, and much more. These new thoughts also provide the ability to achieve and exceed expectations by embracing the benefits of taking ownership and responsibility for our current conditions and our experience of Life.
Knowing the value of what we have produced off the back of some of the strategies and methodologies of the greatest thinkers and personal development gurus of the past two centuries; having had 15 months to observe the current culture of a company poised for greatness because of the great people who work there, lead by a genius, young gun, Senior Executive and his awesome leadership team; and having the greatest partner, friend, lover and coach, Anthony Harvey; I now know the value I can provide, I know the way to provide it, and for the first time, I feel I know what it is I want and what's ideal in order to draw me to jump in heart and all…
As a work in progress in this extraordinary, psychological game called Life, I’m delighted and grateful for this latest invitation to continue to GROW.
Now to produce supporting documentation that outlines how I can assists others get what they want! :o)
Until I post again…
Live the Life you Love