TM Solutions works with clients to define what’s important to them and help them stay focused and committed to achieving both their short and long-term professional goals. We work with individuals to assess their strengths and potential liabilities, and we identify their personal style and resources that are unique to each of them. No two people are alike, and we all need customized development in order to maximize our potential and realize success in business.
As we work with people, we devise strategies to improve personal effectiveness, strengthen relationships and leadership, as well as help them overcome potential obstacles and challenges that they may face. Our Path to Excellence program, a TM Solutions exclusive, which includes individual coaching, group workshops and our web-based Mobile Manager application, will assist in developing new capabilities for sustained excellence over time. The Path to Excellence includes a 12-step process beginning with purpose, awareness, personal branding and taking action.
In today’s post, we will explore these first four steps along the Path to Excellence.
Establishing a Foundation & Purpose
Successful people are persistent. They focus on what is important to them and their organization, keep these ambitions in parallel, and work consistently to achieve their personal and professional goals. To accomplish these goals, individuals must be firmly grounded and committed to a sense of purpose.
We help our clients define and strengthen their sense of purpose. Having a strong sense of purpose, and understanding the foundation—whether it’s meaningful personal motivation or the organization’s stated aims—allows them to think in terms of opportunities, instead of filtering important decisions based on obstacles. Facing challenges and obstacles is an unavoidable part of life and business, and thinking solely in terms of overcoming negatives is exhausting. Combining the challenge of work with a foundation and sense of purpose keeps us reminded of why we’re all really at work in the first place: maximizing our potential, achieving our goals, and doing so for the team and organization as well.
PERSONAL CHALLENGE QUESTIONS
How do I define success? Is this defined by me or someone else?
In the past 12 months, was my time and energy devoted to what’s important to me?
Building Awareness & Understanding
Working together with our clients on the Path to Excellence, we gain insight and awareness about the individual’s unique abilities, natural strengths and potential liabilities based on environmental and interpersonal context. As we use self-reported and 360 feedback to clearly define these strengths and personal style attributes, we develop a targeted action plan full of strategies for workplace implementation. We teach our clients how to adapt styles, leverage strengths and minimize weaknesses. There’s a phrase used, in terms of physical prowess—“he doesn’t know his own strength.” When we understand our own strengths, and weaknesses, for that matter, we can work to change outcomes that dictate professional success.
Coaching is really all about bringing the best out of someone over time, whether it’s on the football field or in the corporate office. Just as All-Star athletes are neither born the best nor made so overnight, we shouldn’t have unrealistic expectations that we ourselves become Hall of Fame employees or managers overnight. Thus, as we work with our clients in a professional coaching framework, we look at ways to continuously challenge them to grow and improve based on their specific learning preferences, goals, interests, and needs.
PERSONAL CHALLENGE QUESTIONS
Where was I most successful over the past two years? Why?
Do I understand my hidden strengths and blind spots?
Creating a Personal Brand & Strategy
Our third step on the Path to Excellence is helping our clients create a clear marketing strategy based on their personal mission, values and goals. By creating a personal brand and clear strategy, they will become an invaluable asset to their peers, professional network, clients, friends and family. With a clear strategy, they will build self-confidence and become the go-to-person for their specific focus area.
In the first two steps, we look within ourselves to find our own purpose, the foundation of all of the work we do—an existential exercise, if you will. We also look within to define and understand our strengths, talents, attitudes, and weaknesses. In creating a personal brand and strategy, we must now align how we see ourselves with how others perceive us. This alignment can unify our sense of purpose, leverage strengths and talents, and mitigate weaknesses.
PERSONAL CHALLENGE QUESTIONS
Am I an invaluable asset to my peers, clients, organization? Am I the “go-to-person” for something?
Is my current personal brand different from what I want it to be?
Focusing on Continuous Improvement & Taking Action
Having armed our clients with purpose and strategy, we help them to create an actionable and practical plan to keep them engaged and on the right path—their own chosen paths to excellence in their professional lives. In our coaching sessions, we continuously challenge them to grow, improve and break out of their comfort zones.
Purpose and strategy are nothing in and of themselves—all of these concepts are ultimately in the service of the work we seek to do as individuals. It’s only in the application of a plan—taking action—that we help them realize their vision. In following a plan, demanding action of themselves each day, our clients improve themselves and impact others, fueled by our encouragement.
Remember the following keys to success along the Path to Excellence. First, take personal responsibility for the development of your personal effectiveness. Next, stay focused on your priorities, ensuring that you align them with those of your organization. Try to implement something new, each and every day you’re at work, to develop yourself.
Finally realize that nothing is impossible—our human potential is limitless, so don’t impose unnecessary limits on your own personal effectiveness. As you take this realization on board, also remember that failure is the best teacher. Be fearless in pursuing your own development.
Next week, we’ll explore four more steps on the Path to Excellence, the exclusive coaching framework from TM Solutions.