The Essentialist Leader: Unforgettable | Exceptional | Remarkable
The desire to do something unforgettable, exceptional and remarkable is the fire that burns in the head and hearts of leaders who strive to create a better future; a living, learning, evolving workplace where potential thrives and products and services create value for all constituents and the communities they serve.
Perhaps the most unforgettable thing one can do is subscribe to a philosophy Gregory McKeown calls “Essentialism” in a book with the same name that hit the shelves April 15th. I loved the book, which I was honoured to have had the chance to read before its publication, and I could not help but reflect upon essentialism as it relates to leadership, business and business development.
What is Essentialism? Why is it so important? How can it make you/your organization unforgettable? Buy the book and find out what Essentialism can do for your life, your work, your potential because it is a worthy read. And, for a moment reflect upon the words of Greg McKeown, “The way of the essentialist means living by design not by default.” Thinking by design and not by default means training your brain in ways that can help you build a better present and future.
The imperative to train our brains to focus on that which is essential is brilliant in its simplicity and power. Essentialism, focusing on that which is essential spoke loudly to me as I read Mr. McKeown’s book and reflected upon leadership, business and business development at the speed of change. We are what we think. Our ability to learn to focus, to develop greater strategic thought through ideation and innovation in a sea of stressors and changes, is paramount to our individual, collective and organizational success.
What would happen if you could see through the sea of noise, information, and opinions around you with greater acuity by learning to focus on that which is essential to a better present and future? The challenge, the courage to grab the gauntlet, go against the flow and embrace “essentialism” is something that can lead to exceptional and remarkable results. Think about it.
Thinking by design and not by default means training your brain in ways that can help you build a better present and future.
Essentialism is a brilliant concept that can help forward-thinking people, leaders and organizations to strengthen their 3Q Edge/Advantage in disruptive times. 3Q Edge™ uses strengths, challenges, failures and stressors to build three critical areas of strength:
- Q1: IQ – Enhanced ideation, innovative thought, strategic thought, ability to learn-relearn
- Q2: EQ – Emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration, risk tolerance, resiliency
- Q3: SQ – Values, purpose, integrity of communication, action; and the development of the intrinsic motivators that keep us learning, leading and striving forward when times are tough)
Will you become a Essentialist Leader? Embrace your ability to do remarkable and exceptional things in disruptive times? The imperative to do so is clear, because it is a philosophy that can help your leadership, your people and your organization develop a new way of thinking that will help you gain the clarity and courage you need to push boundaries, optimize potential with rapidity while strengthening the emotional, mental and spiritual strength that can take you and your people forward.
What would happen if you could see through the sea of noise, information, and opinions around you with greater acuity by learning to focus on that which is essential to a better present and future?
The biggest opportunity lies in looking at things in new ways while anchoring the values, integrity and courage that can take us forward. I believe essentialism is fundamental to our ability to grow, evolve and embrace our ability in a sea of change, noise, competition, opinions and information that will continue to grow. The essentialist leader speaks to those who seek to lead greatly in disruptive times, by building a better present and future.
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