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ELEVEN Congratulations your team has made it to the Next Level

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What a journey this has been. When you began this book, you did not even know what a Next Level Team was, much less how to become one. You most likely have had some good experiences in team settings but also some bad ones. Now you can appreciate what we mean when we say that Next Level Teams

Take a moment and give yourself credit for knowing more now than when you started reading this book. You know what to expect from a Next Level Team and how good it can feel to be a part of such a fantastic team of people.

But you know a lot more than just what to expect. You know how to use the skills that make a team a Next Level Team. By working through the three steps outlined in this book, you 122

Your persistence has paid off big time because you and your team are better off now than you were before. So give yourself and your teammates a big pat on the back for sticking to the process and seeing it through.

Because you chose to stay the course, you and your team know how to function as a Next Level Team. You know how to use the three skills that put your team way above the average work group. You have learned to

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The Second Key: Create Autonomy through Boundaries

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THE NEXT morning Michael was back bright and early. As he entered the Inventory Processing Area, a woman approached him and introduced herself as Janet Wo.

“I understand you’ve been hanging out with some of my colleagues—Sandy Fitzwilliam and Robert Borders,” said Janet. “This stuff about empowering people can be pretty confusing at first. Remembering how it was for me, I imagine your head is spinning.”

“Well, you’re right,” said Michael. “I was surprised to learn how sharing information works to establish trust and help people improve their work processes. But I can’t imagine that information alone can be enough. What comes next?”

“To answer that question, let me ask you to consider things from the viewpoint of management. In order for people to be empowered, do you think they need more structure or less?”

“Why, less structure, of course. To empower people, you want to free them up, not restrict them with rules.”

“OK,” Janet replied in a noncommittal way. “Now, think about where people are when you embark on the journey to the Land of Empowerment. They’ve heard about empowerment. Most of them probably want to be empowered. But what’s their total experience of what it means to be empowered? Do they really understand what it means to be allowed to use their experience and knowledge but at the same time to be held fully accountable for the results, whether good or bad?”

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22. A Life Better than a Dream Come True

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THE GLOW of their second honeymoon was still shining in Ray and Carols eyes three weeks later as they sat around Coach Erics large oak table. On the table was a very smartly wrapped package—possibly a present.

Ray and Carol had planned this meeting down to the last detail, rehearsing their script. They wanted to say thanks to Coach Eric in the most memorable, meaningful way.

As they had designed the tribute, Ray began, Coach, a little more than a year ago, we came to you in desperation. We absolutely did not believe that we could align every action with what we really want, let alone have every action take us back to what we really want. In fact, at that time we only had a vague idea of what we really wanted. To live as Aligned Thinkers was way beyond what we thought possible.

Thats the truth, Carol affirmed.

You asked us to write what we wanted our dream life to be, Ray continued. You told us we could live our ideal professional and personal lives by becoming Aligned Thinkers. The day you told us that at this table, it seemed so hard to believe.

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7. How to Clarify Your Life Purpose

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WHAT IS it, Carol? Mike asked. You look troubled.

Rays summary might be simple, but I hardly think answering the question about my life purpose—What do I really want?—is simple. It would be great if someone could come up with a simple way to answer the question.

As a matter of fact, Mike replied, Somebody has. Coach gave us a simple method to answer that question in just three steps.

How can a question like that ever be simple? asked Carol.

Most people have never written their life purpose, Mike replied, partly because it is a very challenging thing to do. Coachs three-step method makes it possible to do in just fifteen to thirty minutes. The key to his method is to just do one step at a time.

What Mary and I liked about it was the simplicity of each step taken one at a time. When we had completed the three steps, we had clarified our purpose and created a life mission that we could use daily. And we did it in priority order, which helps when there are several options, which is often the case. The first time is challenging but very interesting. After that, Coach encouraged us to return to our mission every three months to refine it. Each time we refined it, we got clearer about what we really wanted from life and work.

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Understanding Exercise and Fitness: Tim’s Toolbox

Ken Blanchard Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Resources II

This appendix gives you a more in-depth overview of the components of fitness that I’ve shared throughout this book. Even if you already have a good knowledge of fitness, you may want to review this section anyway.

—Tim Kearin

Because the qualifications to be a fitness trainer do not require a license, there are many different approaches and philosophies to fitness. Just because some people look lean and muscular doesn’t necessarily mean they know what they are doing. The industry has numerous trainer certification courses where the basics of physiology and anatomy are taught along with safety concerns and CPR. Most universities and colleges offer bachelor’s, master’s and even Ph.D. degrees in many sports science areas, including kinesiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and several other exercise disciplines. When seeking out a trainer, it is always a good idea to check the résumé, which should include at least a bachelor’s degree and several years of experience working with individuals in your age group. It is also a good idea to check a reference or two.

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