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The Practice of Powerful Leaders

What is the difference between these two statements:

(By the way, none of the statements below are mine they are from leaders I know and respect)

Statement 1: Every day I tell at least one colleague I appreciate them.

Statement 2: For 1,713 consecutive days and counting I have told at least one colleague I appreciate them

How about the difference between these two statements?

Statement 1: Every week I read at least one article on leadership.

Statement 2: For 128 consecutive weeks and counting I have read at least one article on leadership.


Just one more, what is the difference between these two statements?

Statement 1: Every day I read at least a paragraph in a nonfiction book

Statement 2: For 1,795 consecutive days and counting I have read at least one paragraph in a nonfiction book.


Read the above statements again out loud. What do you feel when you read statement two that is different from statement one? Do you feel the power of knowing the number of consecutive days and weeks the activity has been completed?

Saying you do an activity daily is admirable, knowing how many consecutive days you have done the activity is powerful!

When you deliberately and intentionally choose an activity that you will do consecutively and record that you have done it is the moment you unlock the power leader in you.

Whitney Johnson author and podcast host of “Disrupt Yourself” was interviewing Harry Kraemer who was CEO of Baxter from 1999 to 2004. She asked him as a leader what some of his personal practices were. Without missing a beat he said, “for 41 consecutive years I have taken a three day silent retreat.” He also said that in that 41 years he has, every night, asked himself a series of questions. If you want to know the questions listen to the podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/disrupt-yourself-podcast-with-whitney-johnson/id1156483471?i=1000536123055. What caught my attention is that Harry knew exactly the number of consecutive years and days that he completed these activities.

What Harry said in his podcast interview with Whitney was another confirmation of what we have seen and studied in successful leaders all over the world, they are not only consistent in what they practice, like asking themselves a series of self-reflective questions or going on a retreat, but also they record and know that they did the practice consecutively, daily, weekly, monthly, or annually.

This is the essence of Streaking and the practice of powerful leaders. They know exactly how many consecutive days, weeks, and months they have completed an activity that will lead to success. The reason they record that they did the activity and know the number of times in a row they did it is because it is of the greatest importance to them. They do not assume an important practice will be automatic after repeated times, it won’t, and it is too important to assume that it ever will.

Keep Streakin’,

Jeff

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