The Raison App

One of the beautiful things about this app is that anyone can do it. It’s not just for corporations or even just a small businesses. Everyone should articulate their raison d’être and Raison allows you to do it on your own time, on your own terms, and on an ongoing basis, so your Raison evolves as you do.

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Deliberation is good. Taking the time to think things through and making sure you see all the angles is important for making smart decisions. But sometimes you can feel like you’re just spinning your wheels. Raison Living has a tool that can help you step through the process of effective decision making and provide you with the best option. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.

The Raison Living Workbook

The Raison Living Workbook will bring you clarity and focus for how you can lead the meaningful life you were meant to live. The exercises inside will provide you with clear direction on the explicit actions you need to take and when you need to take them.By clearing away the clutter so you will see and think clearly about your life and future, you will be energized to move forward in your life in bold and exciting ways.

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The Leadership Scorecard

The Leadership Scorecard organizes 20 core leadership competences into four categories. In doing so, it helps the developing leader see where she can focus. Is she spending enough time considering the future or is she too preoccupied with the now? Or is it the opposite? Is she doing a great job looking to the future, but only in terms of the organization as a whole and not when it comes to individual people? The Leadership Scorecard is a great way to contain an otherwise unwieldy (and ongoing) process.

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Leadership without Positional Power 

There are a lot of scenarios where we need to step up and be the leader, but our position doesn’t afford us the power we need to get the job done. But the truth is when it comes to individual leadership, positional power is inferior to personal power. Effective leadership with lasting results comes from strengthening your personal power, evaluating circumstances, and applying the appropriate influence.

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Simplified Workflow

You don’t have to be a Six Sigma Black Belt to articulate a process or create a useful checklist. Here’s a really easy way to at least get you started.

Checklist Tool

The Control Funnel

Filtering out what is not in your direct control can provide direction and even peace of mind. Take a moment to examine what’s on your mind and run it through the control funnel.

Lifestyle Balanced Scorecard

Spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing are good areas of focus, but we also need to think about how we can have a lifestyle where we can sustain our healthy spiritual, mental, and physical practices.

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Putting all your time and energy into trying to be more productive and getting more done is pointless if all those things you’re trying to do have no meaning for you. Your effort and energy must ultimately be directed toward doing what you were meant to do—what you are passionate about contributing to the world.

3-Drivers of Focus

In order to maintain effective actions that move you forward in a meaningful way, you must have three drivers. The first is the pulling action created from an articulated goal. The other two drivers are directional pushes created by problems and opportunities.

Plotting Your Story

Plotting a major achievement along a narrative arc can be instructive in several ways. It helps the envisioning process and allows you to identify milestones, objectives, and challenges in a way that is encouraging rather than intimidating. Moreover, it is instructive for developing a way to tell a story about your personal goal that is compelling and interesting to other people.

Visualizing You

Asking yourself specific questions about where you want to be in your life can help you get where you want to be. Rather than being frustrated with your current situation be grateful for what you have and explicit about what you want out of life.

Mission Pyramid

Goals are aligned with a mission and are realized through achieving small wins, which in turn are accomplished by completing well defined tasks.

The Strategic Initiative Diagram

Performing strategically can be daunting. Your operational and functional work will always take priority unless you carve out specific time for the strategic stuff. Strategic effort is particularly frustrating when you’re in the weeds and tensions are running high. The irony, of course, is that is when you need strategy the most.