In this edition ... How Long to Level Up? ... Conformed or Transformed?... Micromanaging Rocks ... Stop Saying 7 Words...
Here is your weekly installment of Tuesday Traction Points - Key things I'm seeing and experiencing that give me, and the entrepreneurs I work with, Traction!
How Long to Level Up?
I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the shadow of Pikes Peak. A 14 thousand foot mountain known for inspiring Katherine Lee Bates to pen the words to America the Beautiful:
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain
I summited Pikes Peak (14,115 ft) several times in my youth and then went on with life. Then last summer, I got an itch - an idea sparked, and I became occupied with a new goal, to climb all 58 of the 14ers (14,000+ foot peaks) in Colorado.
It was settled! I flew in from Phoenix (elevation 1,086 ft) met up with my brother and drove up to our starting point/base camp at Kite Lake near Breckenridge Colorado at 12,000 ft that same afternoon.
I was physically fit, outfitted with the best gear and prepared with the right food and plenty of water. As we set up camp, the weather was cold and windy. We were happy to rest and excited to begin our ascent the next day of, not one, but four 14ers including Mt. Democrat, Mt. Cameron, Mt. Lincoln, and Mt. Bross.
That’s when it happened, as I sat there at basecamp. In quick succession, I experienced nausea, dizziness, headache, and darkened blurry vision. Altitude sickness! I was helpless. And as much as I wanted it to go away, I was sure the only remedy was to get off the mountain and descend to lower altitudes.
We spent the next day hiking trails near the city. Then, the next day, with some trepidation, we went back - determined to make another attempt. And this time my body performed. I completed all four summits in 10 hours!
I leveled up that weekend and learned two worthy concepts that find application in the world of business:
- There are things you can’t rush!
- Acclimatizing to higher elevations takes time.
There aren’t shortcuts to developing habits and better business practices like the ones I guide leadership teams through. It takes time! That’s why we spread out foundational Focus Days and Vision Building over 60 to 90 days.
Trying to cram foundational tools and disciplines into a few days all at once would make things blurry, cause headaches, and keep us from achieving the summit we set as our goal!
Some leaders and managers have been tempted to deviate from the 5-minute rock review we teach in the weekly Level 10 Meeting™, desiring something more detailed than a simple, on track/off track, report. The concern that team members are inappropriately reporting rocks to be on track when they are not has lead some teams to create elaborate “rock crushing systems” that include breaking rocks down into smaller action steps, plotting those steps out across a timeline, tracking completion of those steps and reporting the progress in weekly meetings.
While I understand the motivation behind creating such systems, I urge you to treat the root causes rather than the symptoms. Not completing rocks and inappropriately reporting rock progress are symptoms with an underlying cause.
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Stop Saying These Seven Words
Confidence isn't binary. It isn't something you either have or don't. Rather, it's something you practice, grow into, and develop.
This is important because if you've developed an identity around "not being confident," you can just as easily develop the identity of, "I'm growing my confidence." This is a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed one, and it matters. It changes you from the inside out.
One of the most basic ways to practice confidence is with your speech. Check out these terms to stop using, to supercharge your confidence:
Inc Article by Melanie Curtin (4 minutes)