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How To Lighten Your Leadership Load

How To Lighten Your Leadership Load

By Flip Flippen

9 years ago




00:19 Those With The Least Constraints…WIN!
00:38 Thousands Of Success Stories Prove The Secret To Winning
01:16 It’s Not The Lowest, It’s The Least
02:18 The Meaning Of Personal Growth
03:23 How To Lighten Your Leadership Load Today

In my previous videos, we discussed the first four laws in the Five Laws of Personal Constraints. If you haven’t watched them yet, go to my previous blogs to watch it now.

Here’s Law Five: Those with the Least Constraints…WIN!

Here we get to the heart of Overcoming Personal Constraints (OPC): the reward for the removal of our constraints. We have been able to prove year after year with thousands of success stories, that people and teams of people who actively choose to identify and remove their personal constraints will fare better than those who do not. It boils down to physics: the lighter the load you carry, the farther you can go. This final law provides hope. You can do something about your current situation that will also have an impact on your future.

But it gets slightly tricky here, so follow me. I am not saying that people with the lowest number of constraints win, but rather, those who learn to minimize or eradicate significant constraints win. A significant constraint is one that gets in the way on a regular basis and causes damage to relationships and your ability to produce great work. Those with the fewest significant constraints will outperform those with a greater number of significant constraints.

It is true that many people are simply born with fewer personal constraints than others. For example, Vern Hazard, one of my staff members, has been an international model and traveled all over the world. Vern is handsome, athletic, and an English scholar, as well. Most of us don’t come with the gifts and talents that he naturally possesses. But being born with fewer personal limitations and constraints is not the same as personal growth.

Personal growth refers to working on the behaviors in your life that keep you from living to your full potential.

One of my good friends, Mark Stiles, uses a baseball analogy that I find most appropriate for this picture. He says, “There are guys who were born on third base but are convinced they hit a triple.” Being born with advantage, family influence, talents, gifts, and abilities is not the same as personal growth, nor should we confuse someone who comes loaded with these attributes with someone who has learned how to use his gifts in valuable ways. Vern works hard to be the best at everything he does. Yes, he’s gifted, but it’s his passion and drive that set him apart.

Ultimately, improving yourself and your team is about winning. By winning I don’t mean that you compete in races or make the most money. I mean that you become your personal best. That you win at being you—the best you there is.

If you want to lighten your leadership load, request your free test drive of Leadership Multiplier today.


Flip Flippen

Whether working with Olympic athletes, professional money managers, or military leaders, Flip Flippen’s mission is the same: “To build relationships and processes that bring out the best in people.” He has applied this goal with hundreds of thousands of individuals, providing executive development and organizational consulting in four sectors: education, corporate, sports, and government. With an emphasis on changing behaviors and attitudes that stand in the way of success, he has helped organizations – from small rural school districts to Fortune 500 companies – achieve dramatic improvement in performance, leadership, trust, and productivity. Flip is the founder and president of the Flippen Group, started in 1990, voted the number two company to work for in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine. Today, the Flippen Group is one of the largest educator training companies and one of the fastest-growing leadership development organizations in North America. Their breakthrough educational processes and curricula are in use at thousands of school districts and campuses nationwide.

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