Power defined as the ability to move something from an idea, to execution, to completion — the ability to make work happen successfully. In any reasonably successful business you will find at least two, or maybe even three people demonstrating being powerful. The owner, and one or two more. That’s NOT a powerful business. That’s a business constrained by power limited to just a few.
There will always be some stress associated with this, because of the disparity between those who perform and those who don’t, similar to a car running on just a few cylinders. Truly successful businesses take the time to build power into the culture and integrity of the business, so that it’s shared and embraced by all. In that way, you leverage your power. Powerful practices and habits are a natural condition in which everyone works. The business culture itself becomes a condition of impeccable integrity, the kind of integrity of high performance I spoke about last week.
When the background condition and culture is a high degree of functionality and integrity, people saying what they will do and doing what they say comes more naturally. Now, you have a condition that supports people in a level of performance where challenge is the order of the day. Going beyond what you did yesterday becomes a game to play just for the fun of it, and past levels of productivity are left in the dust.