When I look at businesses, organizations, people who are making things happen, one word tends to recur in my mind – relentless. These entities and people are relentless on many levels. They are relentlessly optimistic. A failure does not set them back it educates them, and they push forward. They are relentlessly pursuing action. They take the steps others are either not willing to take or are over thinking if they should take them. They are relentless finding ways to be more effective and efficient. The status quo is not part of their vocabulary nor their day-to-day efforts.
If 2020 taught us anything we as leaders need to be more relentless moving forward than we were leading into the turn of the decade. Businesses pivoted into new arenas last year not because they were all planned out in advance. In more cases than not, it was part of a survival plan. That immediate impending demand caused the energy of being relentless to the top of the characteristic chart.
As leaders this aspect of relentless action on many fronts at the same time cannot be hap hazard. It needs to be directed based on solid frameworks and priorities. It is one thing to take action on more action on even more action and hope for the best outcome when there is little strategy or understanding of the actions being executed. Reckless relentless action is as damaging as no action at all. In some cases, it even makes things worse because people think they are making progress, but they are headed in the wrong direction.
When we lose our relentless energy, we begin to settle for less than our potential. We begin to reason and rationalize our results and outcomes on a scale which is now at a lower level of performance. This is a slippery slope for your business. When expectations begin to be allowed to slip or lessen then it takes part of our contribution value right along with it. If people are receiving some degree of quantitative reward for a job well done, they lose interest in being better and in turn starts a downward spiral to status quo.
When the pursuit of a relentless action, optimism and outcomes are a direct part of the energy your business operates inside each day, then the contribution and performance rewards both in production of output and emotional value of the people.
This week take an energy check on the relentless pursuit of various factors in your organization. Can you identify them in action? Is it adding to the optimism of the attitudes of your people? Are you seeing the net results of contribution to the success of the business? If the answer to these questions is anything but positive, then you may need a boost to your relentless pursuit of success.
Looking to get that relentless energy back in yourself or your organization? Give JKL Associates a call and let’s start a conversation – FL- 407-984-7246 – MI 313-527-7945