This time of the year is one of our favorites because it provides us the opportunity to reflect on our year, the lessons we’ve learned, the trends we’ve seen, the people we’ve had the opportunity to impact, and the amazing impact so many people in this world make on their teams, brands, and customers. The key, of course, is to make sense of these lessons, to turn these lessons into new skills, and to become better next year. We thought we'd share a few of the key lessons we learned for our last blog of the year.
There is no way to separate how a leader treats their team, leads their organization, or creates strategic thinking from the way they invest in their own personal Sustainable High Impact. Time and time again, we hear leaders create smoke screens about self-sacrifice, about how the responsibility of their job doesn’t allow any time for themselves, or about how this is just the busy phase and they will get to themselves at a later date. To say it nicely, this is bull$#&%.
We get the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing high performers from different fields, and we have yet to meet a human being who can outperform human evolution and physiology. There are some who try hacking it or taking shortcuts, but they always realize that a shortcut is short thinking that leads to unsustainable short-term results. If a leader wants to become better at leading others, energizing others, and inspiring new thinking, they first must master self-leadership.
Change is constant. The fact is that constant change requires new levels of agility. This requires energy, a high-performing brain, resilience to deal with setbacks, and more stamina than ever. Without these things, very smart people resort to their ingrained default of putting their head down and doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. When we apply strategies required to create Sustainable High Impact, we can stop doing the things that don’t make sense anymore and start doing the things that create multiplier opportunities.
This year more than ever, we saw people falling into the trap of thinking you can continue to do more with less and create better stuff - another fatality of short-term thinking. Thinking you can motivate a tired workforce out of this trap by somehow inspiring them to do more is truly less thinking and more dreaming. If a leader doesn’t arm themselves, their leaders, and their teams with the knowledge, tools, and ecosystem they need, they won't be successful.
Innovation is no longer nice to have, it's a necessity. There are some great companies out there who are creating and using innovative solutions to invest in their teams from all angles. Companies are changing the conversation from the stale old badge of honor of how many hours you worked to what results you actually delivered. Strategic working environments are producing even better results with more cohesive teams to impact more and more people across the world.
In 2018, we at TIGNUM leaped to creating and designing even more digital solutions such as the QOT app and virtual programming. These innovative solutions are not a one-person (or even one-team) job. It took investment internally to build a team that works together in an innovative, strategic, and efficient way across different continents, languages, and backgrounds to Rule Our Impact on each client we work with as well as on ourselves as individuals.
When it’s all said and done, this is the most important thing to a high performer. When an executive maximizes their impact throughout all of their daily events (both professional and personal), burnout disappears, KPIs get delivered, and engagement is not only high, it's actually focused on the things that matter most.
To all of our clients, we want to thank you for joining the TIGNUM Rule Your Impact revolution. We hope you enjoy your holidays and get some recovery, have some fun, and do some really meaningful reflection. We look forward to working with you in 2019, and as always, we would love to hear what you think.
Jogi Rippel and Scott Peltin
co-Founders of TIGNUM