I’m reading Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman and Chris Fussell. In the introduction, General McChrystal talks about the military leaders who were part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force. He says they had an “almost mystical devotion” to getting results and succeeding in the mission.
That got me thinking. To what, if anything, am I mystically devoted? Is there a driving “must-have” focus that ensures that the necessary results are achieved?
I know that I’d move mountains to ensure that Humanergy and its clients are successful. I also realize, like General McChrystal points out many times in his book, efficiency and hard work aren’t going to guarantee success. These attributes aren’t enough in the face of constant, unpredictable change. Resilience, creating systems that roll with the punches or even benefit from them, will be the key to future success at an individual, team and organizational level.
We’ve blogged about resilience before, like here and here. We’ll be focusing more on resilience in future blogs – how to think and behave so that you, your team and your organization are adaptable, robust and resilient.
I love this Japanese proverb: “The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” Find more quotes and a good article on resilience here.
What results are you devoted to? What mission really makes your heart sing? And what traits or competencies are required to make those goals a reality? Comment below or send us a private message here.
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