Good morning everyone, my name is Hugh Blane. This is the Monday Morning Minute, and this is the minute where I answer a viewer’s question, and this viewer’s question comes from Mike Murphy. Mike asked a really good question.
They’re in the process of doing a cultural transformation, and they’ve done some exercises about certain traits or characteristics that are holding the organization and the senior leadership team back. So Mike is now asking the question “how do we adopt new behaviors and move the team and the organization forward in the best way possible? How do we do that?”
Mike that’s a great question because what you are really getting at is how do we as human beings change? What is it that we need to do so that we can role model this and to be an exemplar to other people in our company forward? I think there are three steps Mike, and they all begin with the letter “A.”
#1. The very first ‘A’ is that there needs to be acknowledgement, that you individually first need to acknowledge that a particular trait or characteristic you want to exemplify is important to you, is important to your team, and is important to the organization. There has to be an acknowledgment that it’s important. If it’s not important then it’s a moot point, that’s number one.
#2. Number two is you need to accept one hundred percent responsibility for exemplifying this. You need to say, “no matter what, I am one hundred percent responsible for the behavior that has been exhibited in the past as well as the behavior that is going to be exhibited in the future.”
#3. Number three, and this is where the rubber meets the road, is the adoption piece. It is actually quite simple. Whatever behavior, trait, characteristic you want to exemplify, you earmark fifteen minutes every day to work on exemplifying it. I suggest you do this first thing in the morning when you get to the office. You earmark fifteen minutes to exemplify that particular trait or characteristic no matter what it is. You will adopt one thing that you will do for fifteen minutes every day. Over time you’ll build on this and find that some days you’ll do it for thirty minutes or even forty-five minutes because you’ll get into a rhythm.
But Mike here’s the crucial aspect of this Monday Morning Minute. This change always starts with acknowledgment, it moves on to acceptance, and then it proceeds to adoption. What is one thing you will commit to doing everyday for fifteen minutes?
Mike I would suggest that if people don’t move through to the adoption phase then they haven’t taken full responsibility for their behavior. That is a whole other separate Monday Morning Minute though.
That’s my suggestion Mike. So the rapid action challenge for this week is for each one of you to ask what is the one behavior that you acknowledge needs to be changed in my team, in my organization, in my leadership? Do I take one hundred percent responsibility for it? What is the one thing I can do this week to adopt this behavior and to exemplify it for fifteen minutes every day? If you do that you’re going to have an incredibly successful week.
That’s the Monday Morning Minute. I hope you have a fabulous week. Thank you for your question Mike. Don’t forget to send in all of your questions. I’ll see you here next week. Take care.
Rapid Action Challenge:
1. What is the one behavior that I acknowledge needs to be changed in my team, in my organization, in my leadership?
2. Do I take one hundred percent responsibility for it?
3. What is the one thing I can do this week to adopt this behavior and to exemplify it for fifteen minutes every day?
Quote: “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Viktor E. Frankl