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Tailored Output is a professional development coaching company with an emphasis on goal-setting, career-planning, and team-building within the context of creating whole and fulfilling lives. 



Individuals working with Tailored Output will uncover their unique genius to identify career opportunities that will contribute to a whole and fulfilled life.

Organizations working with Tailored Output will learn how to assemble multi-disciplinary teams--staffed with engaged and motivated members--to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks in alignment with the corporate mission and values.

 

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What Next?

Julie Slanker

Here we are! One year later. 

After a major introspective and organizational push, like this, the only diligent thing to do is reflect. And then pick one of only two options: Pivot or Recommit.

What happened? Where are you? What do you know now that you didn't know before?

What do you think about the status quo you can no longer stand, now that you've had time to examine it from every angle and begin the work of taking it apart? 

What do you think about your own abilities and those of your team?

What have you learned about your original strategy?

Is it working? Is it worth it? Or is it worth reconsidering?

You are not the same leader you were when we started. You've experienced things that have shaped your work and your perspective and big and small ways. You've toppled a few of the obstacles that were obstructing your Vision. Now, you see things a bit differently.

 [Quote: "A key factor in success is knowing when to pivot, to rethink your plan, while still maintaining the mission." - Camille Sweeney & Josh Gossfield,  The Art of Doing ]

[Quote: "A key factor in success is knowing when to pivot, to rethink your plan, while still maintaining the mission." - Camille Sweeney & Josh Gossfield, The Art of Doing]

Only you can decide what that means.

Do you double-down?

Or do you see a different path to get you where you're going?

Either choice will cost you something. This decision isn't free. But it is absolutely necessary.

Take stock of what you've accomplished and what you've learned. Document your progress, your growth, and your new insight.

And then decide.

Will you recommit yourself to what you and your team have been pursuing? Or will you need to pivot to a new way of working toward the future that you're building?

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Find Flow

Julie Slanker

I know you've had that In The Zone feeling...

Your vision tunnels, you're focused and active, and the ideas (or words, or moves, or connections) keep coming. It takes a lot to distract you when you're in that space and when you look up you realize that even though time has seemed to fly by, what you've accomplished in that time is astounding.

That's Flow.

That's the state of optimal human performance. 

When you are accomplishing more (better and faster and more-precisely), but it doesn't feel like more work. The struggle, strain, and exhaustion that you would reasonable associate with that level of performance is instead replaced by exhilaration. 

That state. That level of output. That optimal performance is what we're chasing. 

Because that is what it is going to take to solve the hard problems we face. To overturn the status quo you can no longer stand and build something better in its place. 

 [Quote: "We are all designed for optimal performance. It is a built-in feature of being human." - Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler,  Bold ]

[Quote: "We are all designed for optimal performance. It is a built-in feature of being human." - Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler, Bold]

No half-ass measures will do, my friend. 

We need to find Flow. 

The good news is: We are already built for this. 

We slip into flow without even trying. You've done it, yourself. When the office is quiet, or the challenge is pressing, or the deadline looms. When you've taken-on a tougher ski slope, or trail to run. When you've met up with a friend you haven't seen in ages and nothing in the world was more important than that moment - that conversation. 

If we can trip and fall into Flow, it makes total sense that we can actively trigger the experience, once we understand the conditions that create it.

Steven Kotler, author and co-founder of The Flow Genome Project, a research group dedicated to understanding the science of Flow, shared the 17 psychological, environmental, social, and creative triggers that will get you into Flow. When you click through the slides, I hope you'll sense some familiarity. 

That's secretly the whole point of The Activated Genius Method. To not only help you understand what you want to change and envision a better future, but to design your plan of attack in a way that creates the conditions for your optimal performance. 

Everything we have done together since last September has been an effort to assemble a toolkit of Flow triggers. A way of thinking, a way of working, a set of choices, that all lead build up to you and your team being able to get more - and more meaningful - work done using only your available resources. 

The only thing left to consider now is whether or not its working.

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References:

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

People are Priority #1

Julie Slanker

Ideas come from people.

Work is done by people.

Teams are made of and led by people.

Necessary change is made by people.

The future you've committed to create will be built by you (a person) in collaboration with other people.

None of this is shocking or new. And yet it is worth repeating (over and over) because we - our work culture, our media, our own schedules - seem to prioritize the things, the tasks, the work, the change, over the people who do them. As if they are separate things. As if we are infinitely reusable and easily replaceable. As if we are merely a cog in the perpetual motion machine, instead of a unique individual with a finite amount of time, energy, and creativity to contribute.

That means real, sustainable success comes from doing the counter-cultural thing and prioritizing the people (including you) who will do the work of creating a new future. As you set up your work environment and your business processes, it pays to think this part through.

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What kind of environment feeds your collective and individual Genius?

When and where are you most productive? most creative? most supportive of each other?

How will you know when the challenge is getting to be too much? 

How can you not only allow but reward recovery and rest?

How can we prevent the mental and emotional damage that comes from stress, and setbacks, and overwhelm, and overwork?

The future you are creating won't be built by a machine. There is too much uncertainty about what will work once the current status quo you can no longer stand is sufficiently challenged. That's why you spent so much time assembling the right mix of human Genius. 

You need the ideas, the insight, and the humor that only people can bring.

The only way to ensure you have the benefit of all the Genius they bring is to make treating people like they are people your number one priority.

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