Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life!
Strategic Acceleration is a book by Tony Jeary. From the beginning to the very end, Jeary provides real hope and
instruction for the aspiring leader.
When you hear the term, Speed of Life - your brain immediately
starts flashing images through your mind of past experiences – memories
that have made you the person you are today.
Jeary explains that most people experience two reactions to the term
as it carries the optimism of opportunity, and it is a term that imparts
a sense of stress and anxiety.
The author states “Whether you consider it positive or negative, the
speed of life is a time-gobbling reality and you grapple with it from
the time you wake up until you go to bed at night.
"It takes both a certain mindset as well as living by real success principles to achieve great things."
Although we each struggle with the responsibilities associated with
living life at a high speed, we also enjoy the many benefits that come
from being a highly productive and aspiring leader.
Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life!) was written to be a “spur” to every leader out there, and to remind him or her that successful businesses and successful people know what they want and are willing to do whatever it takes (within the boundaries of integrity and honor) to get it.
Watch the following short video to get a better sense of Tony's style and the methodology of Strategic Acceleration...
Driving Principles of Strategic Acceleration
In 2006, Tony's hired a new President for his consulting company. One of the first things the new President did was conduct a study of thirty of Tony's customers for the purpose of determining the true value of what Tony was providing to his clients.
The result of that study was clear, he consistently delivered in three key areas: Clarity, Focus and Execution
As a result, Jeary's clients were able to improve their results significantly within time frames that they previously believed were not possible.
The results of the study clearly supported why Tony was being sought after by many of the world's leading CEO's at the time.
Now that you have some background on the genesis for this book, let's look a bit closer under the hood.
Again, Strategic Acceleration is based on three driving principles, which include:
Clarity - acquiring clarity and increasing effectiveness accelerate your success.
Focus - you need to develop habits to fully focus and produce long-term success.
Execution - executing your vision means combining all of your clarity and focus to strategically communicate and achieve results.
Jeary takes the reader step-by-step through the process of gaining clarity by teaching us to understand our targets and the “why’s” behind reaching them.
In terms of focus, you'll discover how to zoom in on what makes the greatest impact and to minimize time spent on lesser matters. You will also learn how to better execute as a result of using effective communication in order to accomplish more at a faster pace.
"Remain open to new ideas. Invest in research and development Seek advice from experts in your field and continue to educate yourself on everything about your business. This is what your most effective competitors are already doing."
Procrastination is a topic that is tackled head-on in Strategic Acceleration. Jeary does a great job of distinguishing between being thoughtful versus plain lazy.
We all know that you can’t produce results until you start doing something. Doing nothing will only result in... nothing. Therefore, we’d better understand how human nature works in order to minimize the damage that is caused from procrastination.
Jeary educates us to the common causes of procrastination. Many can rationalize putting something off until later thinking; “I can do it tomorrow”; “I don’t have everything I need, so I’ll wait.”; “I don’t have the time.” or “Someone else can do it better.”
With laser beam precision, the author calls out these comments for what they are, flimsy excuses. The title of this chapter says it all. “Production Before Perfection”.
In order to effectively turn the focus away from reasons why something can’t or should not be done, we must teach and coach our team to instinctively focus on ‘starting’. By starting, we immediately put into motion the first step, which then requires a second, and so on.
As we do this over and over, we create a culture that appreciates those who repeatedly take the initiative. Few will argue that it is initiative that will continue to win you the advantage in the competitive marketplace.
"You will find the key to success under the alarm clock."
- Benjamin Franklin
Methodology of Strategic Acceleration
Jeary has provided a clear methodology, supported by a series of actionable exercises that will help to ensure the readers success in implementing the strategy.
In the back of the book there are three appendices containing a total of 18 exercises that walk you through the thought-changing processes you will need to embrace to succeed - at the Speed of Life!