How can I be more effective? Is there a road-map I can use to improve my effectiveness? What system or process does Jeff Marmins evangelize? I hope to address these questions by establishing an amalgamation of ideas as a premise for *most* of what my ramblings are about here at jeffmarmins.com.
Time has shown that no one philosophy works for everyone. We are all a work in progress, attempting to execute and learn concurrently. I have a passion for examining ways to improve processes for efficiency in sales and relationship management. That kind of “workflow improvement” finds its way into other aspects of my life. I also made my share of mistakes in years past that push me to learn and encourage effectiveness through character, values and principles.
Core Values as the driving force to an improved level of effectiveness
This model is the root of the “system.”
The model states that time-tested values such as Vision, Identity, Purpose, Order, Concentration, Integrity, Harmony and Progression drive effectiveness to your desired level. Each of these can be explored with some depth. I’ll address each individually in separate posts. Collectively, they combat “resisting forces” like, “Too many things to do, Fatigue, lack of purpose, not enough money, not enough time, mental fragmentation, etc.”
A while back I came across a company that advertised “Sisu” as a character quality they were seeking in new-hires. Great word. It’s what I want to think of being when I start my day. It is who I am and what I aspire to be. As defined in Wikipedia, It is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain the same:
Sisu is a Finnish term that could be roughly translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of
adversity. The equivalent in English is “to have guts”, and indeed, the word derives from sisus, which means something inner or interior.
Usually sisu means the will and decisiveness to get the things done against impossible odds. It reminded me of Stephen Covey’s statement that true character is revealed in the crucible of life:
“A man’s true confidence is rooted in the wells of courage, and courage is evidence of character. In the end, a man’s character is revealed in the crucible of everyday challenges.”
Life brings moments when extraordinary courage is required. Decide. Have the will. Get things done.