Too often, executive leaders look in the wrong places when trying to figure out why they are not achieving company goals. Most of the time, failing to achieve goals is not the fault of their processes or techniques, but the result of their thoughts and attitudes.
It’s a pretty simple equation: belief systems lead to actions that cause results. If you, your executive leadership team or your employees behave in ways that are counter-productive, or do not support the company’s primary goals, then it is imperative that you identify the belief systems causing these behaviors.
Let’s say you decide to exercise three days per week in order to achieve your goal of better health, but your primary belief system is that exercise is boring and painful. Based on these beliefs, what are the chances that your new regimen will stick?
I’ll explain further. Here are some examples of “habits of thought” or belief systems that may be preventing you from reaching your business goals:
(TIP: Avoid them!)
- Fear of making mistakes or allowing others to make them.
- Failure to delegate because you believe that you can do things better/faster than others.
- Discomfort with sharing information that compels others to complete tasks in a timely manner.
- Perfectionism that causes you to spend more time on things than is needed or warranted.
- Discomfort with giving regular feedback to others, causing lost motivation and low productivity.
- Excessive need to “just be myself” and not adjust when appropriate, again causing lost motivation and less productivity.
If you or your people are not accomplishing goals or feel constrained for time, look for flawed beliefs as possible culprits. Change your belief systems and let nothing stand in your way.
Howard Shore is an executive leadership coach and founder of Activate Group Inc, based in Miami, Florida. His firm works with companies to deliver transformational management and business coaching to executive leadership. To learn more about executive leadership coaching through AGI, please visit www.activategroupinc.com, contact Howard at (305) 722-7216 or email him.