Transition Trends in Developing Leaders

It has become clear in the last couple of years that our world is changing and going through transition in ways that most of us have never experienced, from weather patterns, to finances, to healthcare and education. In one of our previous Source Points issues, I discussed the stages of Change – 1) Resistance, 2) Becoming open, 3) Practicing something new and then finally 4) Internalization where it becomes automatic.

Times of change can be very stressful; yet, in the end, there is always something new that evolves from the transition.

Just as our congress is grappling with what to do with our budget to have our country remain viable and our people financially secure, there are choices to be made.  I have always believed that from any breakdown there is always the opportunity to have a breakthrough. 

In reading current training and development articles, I am excited to see the transition that is occurring in the way people take on personal development and learning. 

At Source Point Training we have been proud to be on the leading edge of training for what I believe will be the next generation of leaders, coaches, and facilitators of change.

Here are some trends that will create the transition for our educational systems and our leaders of tomorrow. 

Feeding the pipeline for the next generation of leaders. Companies around the country are facing the very real challenge of developing the next generation of leaders as the Baby Boomers prepare to leave the work force. This will require revolutionary new ways to train and develop people.

Coaching is now a standard way of leading and managing within organizations.  Coaching for family systems has taken on a new level of creating value for families managing with today’s demands from finance, to education, to careers.  Group coaching is a new way of working with people to come together with common goals and having the support of a group and a professional coach to guide them to achieve the results they want in life.

Improvisational Learning Systems. More and more people want to learn by doing. Training and educational systems are designing more ways to learn from the old improve model. Make it up – play with it and create in the moment.  The next generation of professionals will need the skills of learning the value of requisite variety.   That means – the element in a system with the most flexibility will be the controlling element. This applies from parenting to being competitive in a global market.

When we look at transition and managing change the following areas are always good to examine:

What is my Purpose and Vision?

What competencies do I have/will I need to develop

What coaching is needed?

At Source Point Training, we are pleased to be in relationship with many individuals who are involved in this transition and to be co-creators of developing training, coaching and family educational support systems that will revolutionize the way we participate in our world. Together, we will, as we have proven for centuries, evolve to higher levels of self-awareness and new technology to move forward.

To the Moon and Back Scotty!!!

By Barbara Fagan, Co-Founder & President


Feeback – It’s Everywhere!

The House of 1000 Mirrors by: Author Unknown, Japanese Folktale Happy Puppy

Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the House, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.”

In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the House. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.”

All the faces in the world are mirrors. What is the feedback you are receiving and what feedback are you reflecting back to others?  Are you doing it in a way of being in service to others?

As a leader, we recognize that we deliver feedback and receive it in many different ways. Here’s a tip you can apply and practice today from Source Point Training that will assist you in delivering feedback.  We call it the FORMS Feedback Model and as you practice this each day, notice the responses you get.

Remember that feedback is a tool to provide awareness; not a torch to make people or results wrong.

Factual – A factual act, not your interpretation or opinion.

Observable  – If you did not see or personally experience the situation, you are not able to give feedback, it’s really just “hearsay”.

Respectful  – Dominated by creating working results and relationships, not characterizations or judgments.

Measurable – Objective reality, “rocks are hard and water is wet”, must be backed up with empirical evidence.

Specific – Not a generalization or assessment; define the specific area or incident in which feedback is being provided.

So, the next time you would like to “tell someone what you think”, use the model above and see what a difference it will be for you and for the recipient of the feedback.

By Kelly Mobeck

Mastery – 4 Steps to Success!

Let’s face it – most of us would love to achieve a level of mastery in our lives.  Whether it is in pursuit of business success, a skill set that we see as valuable, a hobby, or a sport that excites us.  Achieving mastery is a goal for each of us in some area of our lives.  Mastery isn’t reserved for just the super talented or those who got an early start. It’s actually a lifelong journey.Baby Learning to Walk

In watching a baby take his first attempts at mastering the art of ‘walking’, it is clear that it has its ups and downs!  There are unsuccessful attempts, beginning success, uncertainty, falls, and finally success.  The steps to mastery are in the committed action to continue forward until success becomes habits, then ceativity leading to invention, then breaking through to a whole new level experienced as mastery.

So, what are the clear steps to achieve mastery?  What is the strategy that those having achieved mastery have followed?

1.  INSTRUCTION –  Be open to learning from others who have done the work and can instruct you to replicate their results.  Being a commitment to life-long learning is the first step toward mastery.

2.  SURRENDER – Trust the process.  Many celebrities appear to be ‘naturals’ or ‘blessed’ when in reality they spent many years learning, being coached, and working to achieve the level of ‘talent’ they seem to effortlessly demonstrate.

3.  PRACTICE –  Be a beginner and practice, practice, practice to generate the outcomes you want.  As Barbara Fagan says, “There is no substitute for discipline and persistence.”

4.  INTENTIONALITY – Be intentional to create the success you want.  Decide, declare, and take committed action. This includes being clear about your purpose and vision – why does being masterful in _______ matter to you?  Hire a coach – they see what you cannot see about yourself and partner with you towards breaking through to the next level as you move towards mastery.

Any journey begins with the first step, what first step will you to take today?
By Tommy Ruff

Have You Eaten Your Frog Today?

Frogs Are the Breakfast for Success!

During one of our recent SPT company calls, Barbara mentioned “eating the frog.” Personally, I had never heard this before and I actually thought she was referring to some wonderful delicacy she enjoyed on her recent trip to Greece. I had no other context to connect to eating a frog — other than literally eating a frog!. What a great awakening I received — and a new tool. I love tools/practices that support me in creating what I want in my life. And I am sure you do too! I assert we all want to create the life we want AND to do it with ease.

So, for those of you who, like I, had not known about eating the frog as a productivity practice, here is the idea as shared in Brain Tracy’s book Eat That Frog

Eat the Frog!

Your ability to select your most important task at each moment, and then to start on that task and get it done both quickly and well, will probably have more of an impact on your success than any other quality or skill you can develop!

An old saying is that “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!” Your “FROG” is the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it now! It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.

It’ an interesting concept. In my experience, the most important task frequently is a pretty big task. Which meant to me that if I did that one first, very little would get checked off my list of tasks for the day — that one would consume my time. Could “eating the frog” really increase my productivity? Could I really get more done in less time? Including things that were also important for me? And with less stress?

So — practical, mechanical me — let’s test this out. I surely had several tasks ranking “important” and also tasks I believed were “challenging” (aka outside my comfort zone).

Test Day 1: With a big gulp — just as I would imagine I would do with eating a real frog — I stepped into the task that was critical to be done that day and that I had been procrastinating in doing. I found my FROG! And two and one-half hours later, it was complete! And because having it complete was so incredibly energizing, I took on my next “frog” and still got to many of the other items on my list. I was amazed.

I continued this test and am in the process of it becoming my daily practice. My gulps are getting easier, and the frogs are getting tastier!

Brian Tracy adds “If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first!” This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Discipline yourself to begin immediately and then to persist until the task is complete before you go on to something else.

As a multi-tasker at heart, that was an additional challenge for me — persist until the task is complete. This was clearly what allowed me to get my first frog eaten in the two and one-half hours versus over the course of an entire day. Which of course would have been a day full of “I have to get this done!” stress-promoting conversation.

One final quote from Brian, “If you have to eat a live frog, it does not pay to sit and look at it for a very long time!”

Eating the frog is a practice/habit to take on, starting right now:

What are the “frogs” on your plate right now?
Which one is the ugliest? Next ugliest?
What will having them complete create for you?
Declare this as your new Personal Practice!

By Ginny Carter, Business Development Administrative Director