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WYE learning and development Do you have big plans for yourself, business or organisation? Whatever they might be – personal, career, business or an idea for a business, these five principles I believe will help you achieve them.

My primary work is all about creating and developing success cultures in organisations. This comes in many different forms from all day conferences to 90-minute sessions, 1:1 coaching, webinars, online content, and all are underpinned by these five principles for success.  

  1. Starting with Why
  2. Understand Your Values
  3. Practice Your Superpowers
  4. Use Your Team Intelligence
  5. Remember the Secret of Time

Starting with Why

No matter what it is you are hoping to achieve always enquire why you are doing it in the first place. Simply start by asking “why?” The concept of Start with Why comes from the book of the very same title which helped me find my why (to build success culture in people and organisations, through learning and development) and allows me to help others and organisations find theirs.

As its author Simon Sinek best explains “Every person, business and organisation on the planet knows what they do. Some even know how they do it… but very few know WHY they do what they do.

Why do you get out of bed every morning? Why does your business or organisation exist? And, most importantly, why should anyone else care? Your Why is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you to do what you do. When you think, act and communicate starting with Why, you can inspire others”.

When you understand your why you can then go on to communicate them and inspire others to achieve your goal for success.

Understand Your Values

In the process of understanding your motivations (your why), your values are likely to bubble up. Values guide us in how we do the things we do to be successful and they take time to develop. A good place to start is by defining your personal values – what really matters to you – then go back to the reason – the why – the idea/company/position even exists.  Now you understand your values, go connect with the people in your organisation, from your team to your suppliers and your customers, and ask questions. Dig deep to find out what really matters.

Once you have this invaluable data, bring it together and clarify it.

Some great examples of company core values include:

  • ‘Creating a culture of warmth and belonging, where everyone is welcome’ as part of its core values. (Starbucks)
  • ‘Don’t Be Evil’ (Google)
  • ‘Genuine. Exceptional. Innovative. Involved’ (Adobe)
  • ‘Putting People First’ (Marriott)

Here are some values to avoid. And here’s a fantastic example of what company core values look like when they mean something to everyone who works there. Talk about success culture.

Use Your Team Intelligence™

It’s safe to say most businesses employ smart people or at least the best possible suited to a role in order to work with fellow team members to achieve a shared team vision. Collectively, this is Team Intelligence™ (TeamQ™) and when activated, it can give you access to completely unique points of view to achieving success.

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TeamQ™ is all about teams working together intelligently to improve performance, communication and overall satisfaction. It’s where teams build collaborative relationships, communicate openly, and identify strategies for moving forward as a cohesive unit and working to their full potential.

So how do you tap into your company’s collective intelligence? With your superpowers of course!

Practice Your Superpowers

At WYE? we believe effective communication is not rocket science but it is a superpower. It is what gets things done, makes sales, propels projects, wins customers, deals with difficult situations, and even makes us happy.

Having great communication skills powers the path to success but unfortunately, it’s something we often forget – because we’re human. That’s why effective communication is always the centrepiece for our programs.  

You don’t need to make dramatic changes to your communication to have it be a superpower. You can take any given moment to try something different, something better. The smallest tweak in your communication can make a huge difference to connecting with a teammate or a customer, even saying “hello” can transform a workplace culture.

Here are 10 of our favourite communication tips.

Remember the Secret of Time

There’s a secret that if you regularly read WYE? posts won’t be a secret to you and that is understanding the Secret of Time for Massive Success.

Athletes and rock stars get time, researchers and entrepreneurs get it too. They get just how long it can take from that first thought or want to something becoming a reality. They get that failure is part of success and a process of creativity and innovation. They also get that consistent repeated daily actions over time is how to achieve success.

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If you are looking to achieve success this year, take on board these five principles. Even if you choose to do one thing from this list you and your organisation will benefit.

Just remember to keep moving in the direction you want to go and eventually you will get there.

Do you have any questions about these? Please give me a call or write me an email. I’d be happy to talk them through with you.