Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day2 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Jamie Smart whose book Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results is celebrating its big Amazon launch NOW through March 31st, 2013at http://ClarityBook.biz.
Jamie Smart is an internationally renowned writer, speaker, coach, trainer and consultant. Originally from Canada and now based in London, Jamie shows individuals and organizations the unexpected keys to clarity—the ultimate leverage point for creating more time, better decisions and meaningful results. Jamie is a gifted speaker, equally engaging in front of large audiences and more intimate groups. He’s passionate about helping individuals and businesses to deepen their understanding of Innate Thinking® and to create the results that matter to them. In addition to working with a handful of coaching clients and leading selected corporate programmes, Jamie runs professional development workshops for business leaders, trainers, coaches and consultants. He has appeared on Sky TV and on the BBC, as well as in numerous publications.
Yesterday, Jamie visited Steve Aitchison at http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/interview-with-jamie-smart-on-developing-the-inner-self, where they talked about developing the inner self.
Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Jamie when I got to ask him aboutthe deep drivers for leadership, entrepreneurial and business success. I hope you enjoy it.
Type the term “leadership success” into amazon and it returns over 14,000 results. Type it into Google and it yields over 250 million! Yet despite countless articles, books and training courses, leadership and entrepreneurial mindsets seem to be in short supply. At a time when we most need insight, innovation and inspired action, people are often tempted to be timid, traditional and hesitant. In this brief article, you’re going to cut through that hesitation and start (re)connecting with the deep drivers of leadership, entrepreneurial and business success.
The 8 Deep Drivers
Leadership and entrepreneurship are “context-sensitive”. The actions that are inspired in one situation fall flat in another. Most books and articles on the subject focus on “leadership behaviors and attitudes”, but we’re going to go upstream, to what drives those behaviors. As you begin to “get eyes” for the deep drivers, you’ll recognize them behind all the “top 10 qualities of successful leaders” articles that fill the pages of business magazines. More importantly, you’ll start seeing them showing up in your own life. These deep drivers are the source of all the entrepreneurial and leadership “attributes” that are the markers of business success. In brief, here are the 8 deep drivers (as well as some of the “leadership attributes” they drive):
1. Clarity: A clear mind, the source of performance, engagement and fulfillment. Drives strategic insight and high performance.
2. Direction: A sense of direction and motivation. Drives vision, purpose and action.
3. Connection: Genuine connection and relationship with colleagues, clients and loved ones. Drives strong relationships, employee and customer engagement.
4. Creativity: Creating powerful strategy and solutions to problems. Drives strategy, problem-solving and disruptive innovation.
5. Intuition: Guided by wisdom and intuition as well as hard data. Drives decision-making, “blue ocean” strategy and sustainability.
6. Resilience: Strong sense of inner strength, security and flexibility. Drives agility, mental toughness and ability to deal with change.
7. Presence: Present, aware, in touch with current reality and available to the moment. Drives communication, influence and responsiveness.
8. Authenticity: The freedom to be who you are, speak your truth and do what you think is right. Drives integrity, differentiation and authentic leadership.
So how can you develop these deep drivers?
You don’t have to develop them – they’re already part of who you are, an emergent property of innate thinking. In fact, they’re what you already default to naturally when there’s nothing in the way. And there’s only one thing that ever gets in the way: Superstitious thinking.
“Superstitious thinking” refers to habitual patterns of thought sponsored by the “outside-in misunderstanding”; the mistaken belief that our feelings are coming from something other than thought in the moment. Thought is like the best special effects department in the world, and your thinking creates your experience of life:
- Two people watch the same movie but, one finds it boring while the other is invigorated.
- 6 people attend the same meeting, but each have a completely different experience of it.
- Three people in similar circumstances get laid off from their jobs. The first feels liberated, the second is devastated, the third takes it in their stride.
In each case, it’s not the circumstances (the movie, the meeting, the lay-off) that dictate the person’s experience; it’s their thinking.
We’re always living in the experience of our thinking, but it looks like we’re living in our circumstances. When we’re caught up in superstitious thinking, we lose touch with the deep drivers. When our minds are clear, the deep drivers emerge naturally.
For example: In his award-winning book “Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement ”, William Duggan (Senior Lecturer in Business at Columbia Business School) explains that people rarely have strategic insights when they’re grinding away at a business problem. Instead, these insights come when they’re on holiday, in the shower, or on the golf course, times when the person has “nothing on their minds”. It’s the same with peak performance. During the 2012 Olympics, many medal winners gave the same reply when asked what they were thinking about as they competed: Nothing!
When you’ve got nothing on your mind, you’re free to give your best. Once again, the only thing that ever gets in the way is superstitious thinking; the mistaken belief that you’re feeling something other than thought in the moment.
So how can you start seeing through this superstition, and continue to (re)connect more and more fully with the 8 deep drivers?
By deepening your understanding of Innate Thinking®.
Innate Thinking® is a business-friendly model of how the mind works that lets you drop habitual patterns of thought and benefit from the 8 deep drivers in every aspect of your life. Innate Thinking® is an Implication-based LearningTM model, which means there’s nothing you need to practice, remember or apply. As you start to get eyes for innate thinking, and develop a feel for how the deep drivers show up for you, you’ll intuitively find yourself having what you need, when you need it as a leader.
As your clarity increases, so will the results you create and the fulfillment you enjoy.
Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results
Buy the book between March 12th – 31st, 2013 and you will receive:
- Access to a collection of dozens of Jamie’s Clarity training videos, including many coaching demos, to help guide you to finding your own clarity
- Free access to a special 1-day “Kickstart Your Clarity” event, which you can attend either in London OR on online via live stream from anywhere in the world.
Thanks for reading! Please share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.
AND… be sure to follow Jamie when the next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is Callie Carling, who will be interviewing Jamie on toxic goals, authenticity and wisdom/intuition.To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to http://createavity.com/2013/03/13/jamie/.
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