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Warrior vs. Worrier

Warrior vs. Worrier

There are two strategic styles in business and one that separates the Intrapreneur from the typical employee.  We call this phenomena the “Warrior vs. Worrier” mindset.

Perhaps you have had an employer or maybe even experienced this behavior first hand.  The idea is born from fear and works like this.  The Warrior approached business from a “playing to win” attitude” where as the Worrier approaches business from a “playing not to lose” attitude.  We have covered a similar idea in the concept of Management vs. Leadership.  Warrior vs. Worrier is the tactical approach to Leadership vs. Management.

A leader, or even better, an Intrapreneur leads with an aggressive style by which they play to win.  Their approach is both tactical, offensive and progressive.  The Worrier is trying to manage, maintain or otherwise prevent things from getting out of control.  Managing with the “Worrier” mentality will fear what could go wrong when a risk is taken.  The approach is to defend the position and try not to lose ground.  These are the business managers that may have been gifted their success and fight so desperately to hang on to what they were given (likely by a great leader) instead of taking their position and trying to advance it.  The “Worrier” is paralyzed by risk and analytics.  This is where we see “Paralysis by analysis” and the slow or non-moving advancement of strategy.  We see the “Worrier” as getting ready to get ready.

By no means are we advocating a Ready, Shoot, Aim” strategy but with ability, clarity and natural leadership capability the “Warrior” only knows how to advance.  A “Warrior” has studied their plan and can see all of their “outs”.  The “Warrior” is not paralyzed by fear nor are they reckless but risk is rationalized a differently by a “Warrior” and this goes back to the idea of failing forward.  Understanding that in business as it is in life, if we are not growing… we are dying.  The same is true for business.  Advancement, progression and evolution waits for no one.  The “Warrior” knows this and as such doing something that is thought out, researched and deliberate may not always have the desired return but it will always create advancement.

Ask yourself which you are today and which will you be tomorrow…  A warrior or a worrier?

Spartan up and make today the day the you will stop being who you are and start being who you will become!
The Secret to Balance

The Secret to Balance

If there is one question we are asked more often than any other, I would say it is “How do I achieve balance”?

 

It seems like a very difficult question but the answer is surprisingly simple… here’s the hook. While most of seek an answer to fix something in our life it is really the instruction manual that we need.

 

How many times have you asked an expert a question, read an article or listened to a leader and to them the answer is so clear? If you are like most of us, this has happened to you countless times.

 

As Modern Day Spartan’s we constantly challenge the way we look at knowledge transfer, information and education. In our extensive practice and personal development, of both ourselves and others, we have found the solution to your problems do not lie in an answer but rather in a process or a roadmap.

 

In our extraction of those who really seem to have the world by the balls and live a balanced and happy life we have found some really simple commonalities. We have extracted what the best in the practice do and we have also built a “how to manual” to help you implement it. First let’s look at the characteristics of the most balanced people and what they do to achieve this elusive and desirable way of life.

 

Clarity – They know what balance looks like to them. They don’t just see it in their head, they write it down. There is a certain gap in comprehension from visualization to actually writing something down. The human brain is wired to visually conceptualize outcomes and end-games, which is incredibly helpful but the sequential rationalization and structural development of an idea becomes a lot harder to bring to fruition when it only exists in the abstract. Here is an example of our defined concept of balance. We call if our balance wheel…

 

balance wheel

 

They are goal oriented but more importantly they are outcome oriented. The difference may seem minor but it can be a major dynamic shift. As an example, you could have a goal to loose weight. The outcome however could be that you want to be more active and healthy. So what would happen if you decided to include a physical routine of exercise that included build mass through supplements, weightlifting and other strength training exercises. At the end of the day you may not lose weight on the scale but you could lose inches, reshape your body and still achieve your desired outcome of being fit and healthy even though you may not have accomplished your goal. Understanding the difference and putting more emphasis (and clarity on) your desired outcomes will help you accomplish your balance at a much faster rate.

 

They fail; often, forward and well! That’s crazy talk right? What in the hell does that mean? Quite simply put, a well-balanced individual is a risk taker. They desire the outcome so much that the fear of failure becomes secondary to the reward they seek. In order to achieve we must sometimes fail. Having a perspective shift in how we see and deal with failure is paramount. If you look at failure as a benchmark instead of an end you will purposefully fail more often. By benchmark we mean that if you try something and fail, the point at which you failed becomes the benchmark for what you need to do better the next time. This is how a well-balanced person approaches failure, in essence reversing the concept of failure into succeeding or winning. If you fail the first time at point “A” but the next attempt you surpass point “A”, then you have succeeded.

 

They have a life map. They do not just have a definition of balance and what it means to them but they have a list of objectives that start small and at a starting point and those outcomes and objectives have a succession path to an overall desired outcome for their life.

 

They have an eco-system. Balance lives in one part of our life but we also have success, lifestyle and person development. We look at these four cornerstones as the pillars to the Spartan Ecosystem and as such they are not competing or prioritized but rather essential pieces that must be weighted equally and coexist with equal focus and attention in order for us to achieve what we are looking for.

 

MDS ECOSYSTEM

 

Get a free example and blank of what a “Spartan Life Map” looks like and fill it out with your answers. Just send us a message on our “CONTACT US” page and we’ll send it to you. Next, share it with your significant other, your family and friends. Welcome feedback and see how sharing something like this will also help you create accountability to yourself. Move the idea from concept to creation and remember one of the most powerful tools… “Don’t just think it, ink it!”

 

RECAP OF BALANCE

 

  • Write down what balance looks like and means to you.
  • Capture the outcomes you want from balance and write goals to support them.
  • Get successful at failing!
  • Capture and define your “Ecosystem”.
  • Fill out your Spartan Life Map”
What Makes a Leader?

What Makes a Leader?

To start, lets define leadership.  We look at leadership as the ability to command with clarity, purpose, direction and conviction.  In the corporate world there seems to be this synonymous correlation between leadership and management.  I am here to tell you that the difference between these two titles all throughout history couldn’t be more opposed.

To manage means to maintain.  To keep your arms around something or to contain it, if you will.  Management of people and things is typically done in a holding pattern.  I interpret management as not letting something go backwards or get out of control.  Now compare that with the stark contrast from the opening statement about leadership… to command with clarity, purpose, direction and conviction.  Pretty big difference huh?

So that begs the question…  Which are you?  A leader or a manager?  Are YOU leading the direction that your life is headed or are you simply managing (trying to contain it and not let it get out of control) when it comes to your life.  Your life is not specific to just your business and neither is leadership.  It is inclusive to your entire personal “Ecosystem”.  You balance, your lifestyle, your personal development and your success.  Are you a leader in your own life?

I have known many a great managers in my life but very few great leaders.  Amongst those great leaders I have had the pleasure of working for and working with I have extracted some commonality in the way that they lead.  These are the tipping point elements that I have found common amongst the greatest leaders I know personally and even the great leaders we have studied in history.  Here is my list of the top 10 characteristics of a great leader.

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TOP 10 Traits of a “Badass” Leader

1.  A leader is selfless in their agenda.  They are clear in what needs to be done but they get things done with people not through them.

2.  A great leader is constantly surrounding themselves with people who are better than they are, and/or who have strengths beyond their own.

3.  A great leader is humble.  They seek humility often and expect the same form their people.

4.  A great leader is inclusive & collaborative.  They expect their people to be leaders too!

5.  A great leader is self-aware and constantly working on themselves.  They are always growing and expect nothing less from the company they keep.

6.  A great leader always shares the credit or gives it to where it truly belongs.  They are a shameless promoter of their people.

7.  A great leader puts people above all else.  They lead armies that will follow them to hell and back without flinching.

8.  A great leader promotes people above themselves.  The win for a leader comes from watching their people grow.

9.  A great leader lives by their example.  You will always know where you stand and you will never have to ask.

10.  A great leader will always stand up for what they believe in but always be open to other perspectives.  They are adaptable.

 

Here is the leadership delta the the best in the business use to affect change in themselves.

  • Self-Diagnose
  • Self-Start
  • Self-Correct

 

Some of these ideas may seem counterintuitive but to a true leader they are second nature.  How do you stack up?

Awareness & Change

Awareness & Change

Change is one of the most difficult things to deal with.  

Some people run to it, most people run from it… at all costs!  The funny thing about change is, we all crave the outcome that is produced by change yet our fear inhibits us from initiating change.

Like the Spartan’s, we must appreciate the power of change before we can truly embrace it.  Understand that power comes from uncertainty.  The Spartan’s used uncertainty and change as a device (or leverage tool) that always kept their opponents off guard… always guessing and always affording the Spartan’s the element of surprise.

Modern Day Spartan’s leverage the same ideas for change.  We know that sometimes we need to surprise ourselves, our people we do business with and even our friends and family to keep us in a state of constant progression.  In this post, we really want to deep dive into how change works as a methodology as well as provide you with a little insight and exercise that will allow you to warm up to the idea of change.

FIRST we have to begin with the sequence of change.

1. Awareness – Awareness is the catalyst for change.  Before any change can begin there must be an awareness of the fiat that something is wrong, not good enough, or has room for improvement.

2. The Change Delta –  The triangle is the Spartan (Greek) symbol for change.

Change delta

The Change Delta works like this:  

Awareness create a need for change.  In order to change, the awareness must create a “Want”, from the want to change requires the acknowledgement that the change is possible.  The possibility of change means you understand and know that it “Can” be done.  Therefore, “I can” make this change that“I want” because I know it is possible.  And if you want something and it is capable of being had then it is only will that stands in your way.  “I will” make the change!   

 

3. Sustainability – Change is ultimately impacted by sustainability.  The most critical part of the sequence is sustainability.  However, creating sustainability isn’t the last piece or the end of the equation.  Most people believe this is where change ends and it is through this thinking that makes most change fail.  The piece proceeding sustainability is actually how change is impacted and sustainable.

4. The Failsafe – The failsafe is a change mechanism that forces the hand of sustainability.  In the Modern Day Spartan we use Shaming as a failsafe as one kind of example.  The failsafe is the idea that I will put something in front of my change that will make going back be so hard to do.  Thus creating a higher degree of certainty that we do not revert back to our old ways.  Simply put, if you have no risk to revert then the likelihood is stronger. 

 

Here is an example – I was aware that I was out of shape.  I wanted to get into shape.  I knew I could get into shape so I decided I would get into shape.  I knew getting into shape was something I had tried to do in the past and it wasn’t sustainable so I decided to sign up for an obstacle course race and invite a bunch of my healthier friends.  I was now the leader and not participating in the race would destroy my ego and my friends would shame me.  On top of that I know if I didn’t get in shape for the race I would either get hurt or embarrass the hell out myself.  To take it one step further, I announced it to my friends and family, begging anyone and everyone to come and watch.  That is a failsafe for sustainable change!

 

CHANGE TIP

Change is easy if you start small.  Our change tip is also a great exercise in awareness.  Commit to making one random change a day.

1. Change what you know. (and what you don’t).  When you see or hear or read something you know nothing about investigate.  Research it on line, watch a video about it on Youtube, ask a friend if they have heard/are aware of it?

2. Eat/Drink something new.  You do this everyday, you have too eat and drink.  Instead of going with the same old Starbucks coffee or lunch item, try something you have never had.  It’s a few buck and you may hate it… but you may also like it.  Eitherway, you will get a little variety in your day, have something new to talk about and be on your way to experiencing change.  Not everything will be for the better but one in a great while you will discover new treasures!
3. Get lost (on purpose).  Explore!  Take a different route home that you have never taken before.  See how much more you pay attention to your environment.  Take a walk in your neighborhood in a way you have never gone on before.  Go to a different branch of your favorite grocery store or gym.  
4.  Demonstrate a Random Act of Kindness.  Do something you would never do and do it for someone else.  Pack a lunch for a homeless person.  Buy the persons coffee behind you.  Tell someone how wonderful they are.  Kiss your wife like you did the first time!  Call an old friend out of the blue for no reason.  Forgive someone even if they don’t deserve it.
 
 
   
The Intrapreneur-Employer Relationship

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The savvy employer also knows that more than cash, what spurs on an Intrapreneur is encouragement, recognition and autonomy.

Employers who recognize their Intrapreneurs and make wise use of them are those who first have a clear vision they can articulate about what the company stands for, where it is going and what will help it get there. With this framework in place, the Intrapreneur can thrive.

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My name is Thax Turner, and long ago I made the conscious decision that my past would not determine my future, and that my potential was worth going to battle for.

See, I didn’t grow up with the privilege of wealth. But one day,as a boy, my grandmother, a very wise woman, gave me a bit of advice. And that advice helped to shape every decision I made from then on out.

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Think about it! The CEO of any Fortune 500 company isn’t worrying about keeping the books, staying on top of building maintenance, or mowing the lawn. He’s consumed with doing what he does best–leading, innovating, or predicting future successes.
If you want to be CEO of your own life, you need to make sure you free yourself up so you can spend your time productively, maximize your potential, and take care of the tasks that really matter. This applies for both business and life.

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