One of my mentors recently recommended that I read The Three Laws of Performance written by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan.
Here's the key take away's I learned from speed reading the book:
- What is being communicated causes most of the problems – Most of the time problems don't just arise from no where. Usually problems are created from what we communicate, and what we fail to communicate.
- Make it easy and simple – People are able to apply things they understand and that are simple to learn. However, making things simple and easy isn't always easy. It's hard work and takes time to take things that are complex and make them simple. In the end, the effort is worth it. Any person who is a successful speaker or writer knows the effort and time it takes to make things simple and applicable.
- Leaders determine what others experience by their own communication and how they "frame" certain things – Leaders are the filter of what others experience by what they communicate or what they fail to communicate. One of the things I noticed about President Obama was how much and how often we communicated in the first 100 days of his presidency. Every day in a different area of the country he was communicating about the current state of our nation and what his administration was doing to fix things.
- Out past determines our future – Often what has happened in our past positions us for what we do in the future. Unless, we have something extremely drastic that changes our future and causes us to make a shift in our life.