November 15

Lifeless Living – Motions Without Movement


Running on a treadmill is good cardio exercise. But it won’t transport you from where you are to where you need to go. 

When you live in a reactive organization where your goal is survival, you are running on a treadmill. When the fear of making a mistake by doing something new outweighs the thrill of succeeding in unfamiliar ways, you are running on a treadmill. When you dismiss the disruptive changes that threaten your continued relevance and justify your actions as being “practical,” you are running on a treadmill.

When you are content to let the growth rate of your market dictate the growth rate of your business your people will be busy, doing the stuff that needs doing in order to maintain what you already have. They will be in motion, but they won’t be moving. Life today will be the same as yesterday, and all your tomorrows will look like today – until one day you wake up and it hits you. What you do is no longer needed or valued. But you never saw it coming. A blind spot of epic proportions.

The comfort found in the sameness of habitual behavior is about motion. 

Adaptability is about movement. Movement requires continuous awareness – of a changing environment and the challenges and opportunities it presents. Movement requires that you embrace the discomfort of learning new skills and habits and becoming an awkward student and making mistakes and falling and getting back up. 

Movement is reinvention. 

Where, on the spectrum of being in motion vs. moving, are you right now? And if you’re just moving, what are you going to do about it? Today.

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D. Thurman April 7, 2021

The areas of balance required to perform as a top level organization are lifted from the almost unconscious to the very conscious in Mastering Your Balance. As a business and executive coach I see business leaders mostly consumed 95% if the time with near term issues. A perpetual game of Whack-A-Mole.

Perhaps, getting the various elements covered in the book in play and more importantly in balance these leaders would have far less moles to whack, and therefore much more time and energy available execute on their greater purpose.

Shane Willard April 21, 2021

Bill & Jason get it. Having coached thousands of businesses and business leaders their insight is invaluable. They beautifully weave Vision, Values, Culture, Strategy & Purpose together into actionable steps any leader can implement. As they say, no matter how good one is at these individual elements, without balance greatness will always lie just behind your reach.

The 'what-would-it-take' concept in Chapter 2 makes you peel back the excuses and think creatively. "To achieve the impossible you must first envision the improbable."

At its core, this book serves as a blueprint for each vital element necessary to achieve success and balance organizationally (and personally). It reminds leadership where they need to focus.

Joe Fera April 1, 2021

What would it take to shatter your limiting beliefs and lead your company to heights only dreamed? Read ‘Mastering Your Balance’. Bill & Jason have demystified the ‘Dark Matter’ of great leadership and great organizations and boiled it down to highly actionable and implementable elements. Aha moments abound!

LR March 31, 2021

Mastering Your Balance answers the question and is a must read and reread for any organization daring to go from good to great! Mastering Your Balance shines a much needed light, drawing our attention to it, causing us to remember it's significance. More than words, we are reminded that a carefully crafted mission/vision statement is the organization's North Star.

Severin Sorensen March 24, 2021

As a business coach I'm always looking for books to inspire the human mind, and give direction to business owners seeking to raise their performance in the great game of business. Mastering Your Balance is one of those books. The authors are experienced in the art of giving profound advice to their clients.