Breakthrough Blog

Mindfulness and Being: Unlocking Human Potential

By Dr. Dean Anderson December 12, 2017

People often share with me their “aha moment” of pleasant surprise when they first realize what the name of our company, Being First, means.

Being First is a double entendre: If you want to be first – win, perform your best, increase market share, or any other objective you may have – then put your “Being” first. Our name extolls the truth that excellence and achievement on the outside is ultimately enabled by your development on the inside.

Mindfulness is the start of your self-development that can lead to greater success in every aspect of your life. It is not the end game, but it is the beginning.

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Self-Mastery: The Foundation of Co-Creating and Great Transformational Leadership

By Dr. Dean Anderson November 27, 2017

Great transformational leaders have many traits and characteristics in common: 

  • They see the big picture and the relationships between market, organizational, human, and cultural dynamics.  
  • They see interdependencies, cause-and-effect relationships, delayed consequences, and distant impacts of local actions that others miss.  
  • They navigate complexity well. They can see the roadmap for solving complex challenges that create new possibilities.  
  • They relate and connect to people in authentic ways.
  • They engage others, communicate and listen deeply, and ignite the passions and motivations of those around them. 

Our organizations, and the world, need great transformational leaders. How do we develop them? It all starts with self-mastery. 

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Human Dynamics in Organizational Change

By Dr. Dean Anderson November 13, 2017

What is Transformational Change? 

Transformation is a unique type of organizational change that often triggers significant human dynamics that, if not addressed, can become the cause of failure. Often, leaders do not know how to handle these human dynamics, but in transformational leadership, they become leverage points for success. Here’s how. 

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Building a Transformation Strategy that Achieves Your Company Vision

By Dr. Dean Anderson October 17, 2017
Usually when leaders think about transformational change, they separate the hard, tangible aspects of the changes required, from the human or cultural aspects. The initial activity in a business transformation is usually oriented to the organizational changes that are going to drive business results. Leaders will focus on the new organizational structure or systems, business processes, or technology and try to, as quickly as possible, identify the design solutions for those changes. Then, once they have designed the solution, they will engage change management professionals or other organizational development professionals to help lower any resistance in the stakeholders and create commitment to the changes.
 

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Possibility Thinking: A Required Catalyst for Achieving Breakthrough

By Dr. Dean Anderson October 9, 2017

Achieving breakthrough requires possibility thinking. Possibility thinking is when we open our perspective to entertain new possibilities that have previously been beyond our worldview, expectation, experience, or comprehension. The challenge is that most peoples minds dont think in this way without conscious intention. If we are not conscious of our mindset, our minds have the unconscious tendency to engage in probability thinking that limits our perspective. This keeps new possibilities from ever emerging. 

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Developing Breath Control Can Make You a Better Leader

By Dr. Dean Anderson October 5, 2017

For forty years we have seen a consistent correlation between our clients' change leadership success and their level of self-mastery. The greater their self-mastery, the greater their success. One of the most practical and immediate self-mastery techniques is breath control.

You might be wondering, “What does breath control have to do with maximizing my results from change?” In fact, as a results-oriented pragmatist, you might shun a blog on breathing. “Oh, the soft stuff. This isn't for me.” But be forewarned—this blog may hold key insights that will radically improve your change leadership capabilities. So, take a deep breath and read on to discover how simple breath control techniques can make you a better leader.

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The Post-Visioning, Get Real Conversation

By Dr. Dean Anderson September 26, 2017

If you ask any CEO or senior executive of an organization if they have a company vision, they will say yes. If you ask most employees if their company has a vision, they will also say yes. In this day and age, everyone has a vision, but most are little more than posters on a wall.   

When you go a level deeper and ask, Is your organization actively pursuing your vision? Is it alive in people’s minds daily as they make decisions? Is it the priority-setting benchmark for resource allocation?”, both leaders and those in the workforce hesitate, often responding, “No”. 

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Achieving Breakthrough Requires Transformation in Four Key Areas

By Dr. Dean Anderson September 18, 2017

In our previous blog we discussed a key mindset change required in visionary leaders to pursue big visions. In this blog, we’ll discuss the four key areas that visionary leaders must address to identify the breakthroughs required to achieve their big visions.

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How Visionary Leaders Pursue Breakthrough Results

By Dr. Dean Anderson September 12, 2017

Are You a Visionary Leader?

Few people aspire to win the Olympics, invent a breakthrough product, or truly make a legacy difference in the world. But as a leader, it is your job to identify what the real possibility is in your market, and then mobilize your people and organization to achieve that possibility. Visionary leaders inspire the passion and capability of their people to achieve breakthrough results. This starts with clarifying your vision.

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Achieving Breakthrough: Expanding the Focus of Our Blogging

By Dr. Dean Anderson September 11, 2017

Who are the most extraordinary leaders you know, either by personal relationship or reputation? What makes them different and more capable than other leaders? Going forward, we’d like to engage you in this conversation while Dean writes his upcoming book and expands the focus of our blog.

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Creating a Change Leadership Team: What Roles Are Critical?

By Dr. Dean Anderson August 22, 2016

You're an executive, and you’ve come up with brilliant ideas to transform your organization into a better, more successful company. Now, all you have to do is enact these major changes and your organization will be better for it. But wait - who will lead this change? Unclear change leadership can lead to confusion in roles, governing structure, decision-making, resourcing, timeline, prioritization, and conflicts with daily operations.

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How Do You Recognize Good Organizational Design?

By Dr. Dean Anderson July 14, 2016

“A well-designed organization ensures that the form of the organization matches its purpose or strategy, meets the challenges posed by business realities and significantly increases the likelihood that the collective efforts of people will be successful.” —Dr. Roger K. Allen

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