There are 4 common blockers to achieving high performance:
- Lack of Safety,
- Lack of Respect,
- Lack of Ownership,
- Lack of Intention
Each of these key ideas can be stated simply:
The extent to which I feel I can be myself in my work; say what I need to say; do what I need to do; and be accepted for who I am.
The extent to which I regard others as human beings and not as “types” or “things” that are keeping me from getting what I want.
The extent to which I acknowledge that I am responsible for my results and my experience; I do not find fault, nor lay blame; nor do I act solely out of obligation.
The extent to which I am clear—with myself and others—about the results I want to create and how I want to create them.
Notice that each of these ideas is 100% internal. The extent to which I am clear. The extent to which I regard others. And so on. One of our biggest mistakes is externalizing our safety, respect, ownership, and intention. Once we internalize them and consciously choose them, we are in the a much more effective position as an individual, and as a member of a team.
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