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The Problem You Have, But Don't Know You Have by Mike Rayburn

By Mike Rayburn | May 25, 2022 | Comments Off

 

Every organization deals with it to greater or lesser degrees.

Chances are you don’t even realize it.

It moves silently, unseen, mostly undetected.

It creeps in slowly over time.

It can act like the Mob in Vegas, quietly skimming a little off the top everywhere, slowly depleting life, morale and resources.

Or it can be bold and unapologetically malevolent.

It finds it’s footing in:

  • Routine
  • Old Thinking
  • the Complacency of Success,
  • (most egregiously) That’s the way we’ve always done it” reasoning.

So… what is this silent killer of dreams, growth and problems?

Stagnation

Stagnant morale, stagnant creation and innovation, stagnant sales, stagnant growth, and stagnant execution.

I spent a fair amount of time considering what problem I solve for both organizations and individuals… and my conclusion is “Stagnation.”  

This is precisely why everything I do for groups and individuals always comes down to this postulate:

Look at what is, and ask what if?

When you look at your processes, your products or services, the environment around you, your marketplace, your community and even world events, and ask, “What IF?” you open up manifold possibilities and opportunities every time!

For organizations…

When you look at your teams, your sales, your innovation, your execution, and your morale, where do you see stagnation?

Do your people feel excited most of the time? Or do they go through the same motions they always have?

You might need to observe for a while to catch it, but it’s almost always there.

As an individual…

  • Are you passionate about your life, or are you enduring it?
  • Are you living what you love, or going through the motions?
  • Are you powering forward, or coasting?
  • Do you feel alive? Or indifferent?

For your events…

  • Are your events exciting, energetic and transformational?
  • Or are they predictable and dull?

3 Ways to Cure Stagnation... through my keynote and resources… by elevating, innovating and transforming! (… and making everyone laugh a lot!)

This is what Kimberly and I do for individuals… cure stagnant lives by igniting passion, uncaging truest self-expression, and foster living by design rather than by default in our “What IF Weekend” un-retreats.

So… How can I help?

Let’s talk about it.

Action step…

Where is your life or business stagnant?

What if you could do exactly what you’ve imagined, how would you?

 

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How To Keep OTHERS Up At Night by Mike Rayburn

By Mike Rayburn | Feb 21, 2022 | Comments Off

 

A Secretary of Defense for the US was once asked a very revealing question: 

“What keeps you up at night?”

That’s important to know, right? What are our weaknesses, what are the threats? 

His answer completely rocked me.

He said, “Nothing. I keep others up at night.” 

What a revolutionary mindset! 

In essence, the safest, most successful approach is to be the one to whom others react, rather than vice versa. 

For my business clients it made me think of the many different approaches and mindsets they each have toward change. Most tell me they are managing change, embracing change, or adapting to change, with entire trainings and programs centered around those. 

These are noble aspirations… if the best you hope to do is survive. 

If, instead you want to thrive, to grow, to profit, to lead, I am inviting you to elevate to a new mindset.

It’s time for you to stop managing change, and start to create change… to lead change. 

I want you to be the ones who define the curve, rather than follow it.

Imagine the transformation you could create if all the time, money and effort you spend teaching your teams how to react to change, you instead spend teaching them to proactively create change - to discover, create and act on new opportunities pre-emptively?

You’d be unstoppable. 

This is the essence of the “What IF Mindset.” 

Yes, sometimes the unexpected happens and we must respond by managing, embracing or adapting. Please recognize, though, these are all reactive postures and we want to move back to proactive change quickly. 

To do this I want you to leverage an interesting phenomenon: When you boldly create and lead change, your response to outside change naturally strengthens, evolves, and in many cases becomes unnecessary. 

In essence, the best defense is a good offense. 

How do we create change? By constantly asking “What if we could that? What if we didn’t do that?” By adopting the “What IF Mindset” for innovation, creativity, radical problem solving, you harness your team’s sense of purpose.

You are surrounded right now by opportunities that you’re missing. From billion-dollar innovations that change the world, to simple productivity changes which supercharge your bottom line.

Together, let’s discover and act on those opportunities by elevating your organizational mindset to one of creating and leading change.

 

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