Technology and Management Solutions Pursuit of Passionate Purpose
    May 2006
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Back to the Core: Your Business Performance

In 2006, the theme of this newsletter is: Your Business Performance as the Pursuit of Passionate Purpose. Each issue provides key Success Strategies and a Case Study demonstrating how to put those strategies to work in your organization.

Practical Persistence

Hundreds of elite racers from around the world plus 50,000 ordinary citizens ran, walked, and wheel-chaired today at the annual Memorial Day Bolder Boulder 10K race in Boulder, CO. As a volunteer Race Ambassador answering questions, I saw persistence in action.

What did it take for each and every person — including the young, old, and disabled — to cover the 10 km distance? Unknowingly, many of them used the same "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose" formula that works to achieve success in our business and personal lives:

FIND PASSION. By connecting their values with their gifts they found a passion for participating. The values for each participant varied. Did they value gaining more physical fitness, being part of a community effort, making a statement to honor veterans, reaching a goal and building self-confidence, winning their class, or something else? The gifts were many and included mental / physical / spiritual stamina.
ALIGN PASSION WITH A MEANINGFUL PURPOSE. These participants set a broad vision of crossing the finish line. Each person established a clear goal, such as completing the 10 km distance, and set a specific purpose, such as beating a certain time. With enough passion, each really committed to the purpose.
PURSUE PURPOSE. After preparation and getting to the starting gate, they took a large goal and divided it into small pieces and then worked on it piece by piece using the "Divide and Conquer" approach. A six-plus mile course is really six 1-mile stretches. A 10K race is just 10,000+ footsteps. It takes putting one foot in front of the other and continuing to work on it — persistently.
ASSESS PROGRESS. Along the way, they sought feedback and asked themselves, "How is it going?" The key is to feel good about the progress made and to make mid-course corrections as necessary.

Johnny Halberstadt, the sub-4-minute mile running champion, says, "You need a vision of where you want to go and you need to break it into smaller steps on how to get there." This same formula, of dividing your purpose into small segments in order to conquer a small part, works in other arenas of life as well. Consider entrepreneur Nathan Thompson's advice, "Taking small steps to accomplish big things is rewarding." Opera singer Carlos Aquirre agrees, "Always move from the big picture to the small picture."

And so at the Bolder Boulder, as in the rest of life, the Persistence Strategy helps ordinary people become extraordinary and deliver extraordinary results. Now, I just need to remember this when I get overwhelmed by a huge business project. Use practical persistence to divide and conquer!

Practical Performance Pointers

COMMIT. Pledge yourself to a clear purpose for which you have passion. Increase clarity.
DIVIDE. Choose to work on a small piece of your purpose. Build focus.
CONQUER. Take action and direct your head, heart, and hands — with relentless determination — toward your purpose.
DEVELOP. Establish ways to receive feedback. Open your ears and hear the response. Use this information to adjust as necessary and build your energy.
ALLOW. Let go of attachment to a certain way of attaining your goal. By reducing internal struggle, you increase the impact of your energy.

Selected Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 15, 2006. "A Technology Career as a Pursuit of Passionate Purpose." Keynote address for the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Women-in-Technology forum. 5:30 - 7:00 PM MDT in Boulder, CO. Contact or 303-442-1044 for location and registration.

June 22-25, 2006. Theresa is in Chicago participating in the Computer Troubleshooters North America Conference on behalf of a client.

July 21-25, 2006. Theresa participates in the National Speakers Association national convention in Orlando, FL and becomes Vice-Chair of the NSA Consultants Professional Expert Group (PEG).

Monday, July 24, 2006. Radio broadcast with host Patricia Raskin on "Nine Traits of Passionate Pursuers." 2:00 PM EDT. Rebroadcast at 11:00 PM PDT and on Saturday July 30th at 3:00 PM EDT. Tune in to

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Perform and Persist!

There is an easy way to produce extraordinary results. Divide your top priority goals and conquer them part by part. Let Technology and Management Solutions help you and your organization reach new heights through practical persistence. Make another great business decision. Contact us today!

Performance in 2006,
Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D.
CEO, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Speaker, and Author

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Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D.

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