“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” — Albert Einstein
Value creation is a transformative journey that empowers you to infuse your daily activities with purpose, innovation, and meaningful impact.
I’ve had the privilege of coaching high-performance individuals, teams, and leaders at Microsoft for over two decades. This journey has been a masterclass in unlocking potential, harnessing innovation, and igniting the fire of continuous growth.
At the heart of my approach is the Agile Results productivity system—a value-driven framework that has revolutionized the way I approach life’s challenges and aspirations.
With Agile Results, value isn’t just an outcome. Value becomes the driving force behind every action, decision, and endeavor. Value becomes a transformative journey of focus, flow, and fulfillment.
With a few strategies, insights, and perspectives you will have the power to unleash your untapped potential.
Are you ready to unleash the potential within and shape a life of remarkable value?
The Value-Driven Journey Ahead
In this adventure of self-discovery, value creation becomes an art form and seizing opportunities becomes second nature.
You’ll learn the power of an abundance mindset and how it can turn your world into a playground of opportunities.
You’ll also learn a powerful truth: that real value springs from changing behavior.
I’ll also help you learn how to choose between looking ahead and drawing wisdom from your past.
Plus, I’ll equip you with a finely tuned radar to tell the difference between tasks that drive value and those that simply keep the wheels turning.
The Value Creation Mindset
The value creation mindset can transform your life into an endless well of creation and innovation.
In my journey of coaching and practicing, I’ve discovered that value creation isn’t just a skill you pick up; it’s a whole mindset, a way you approach life.
It’s not just about knowing how to do things, but about seeing the world with the eyes of an opportunist.
It’s like having a sixth sense for spotting hidden chances and nurturing tiny sparks of innovation, all while continually shaping yourself into a better, more capable version.
If you can master the dance between your aspirations and your actions, you can waltz elegantly between your growth and adaptation.
A value creation mindset is a perspective that consistently seeks out opportunities to generate meaningful and positive impact. It involves viewing challenges as chances for innovation and growth, and it emphasizes proactive problem-solving and creativity.
With a value creation mindset, you focus on generating tangible value by leveraging their skills, insights, and resources to make a meaningful difference.
Productivity Paradoxes: Balancing Old, Big, and Slow with New, Small, and Fast
- Don’t let the old, get in the way of the new.
- Don’t let the new, get in the way of the old.
- Don’t let the big, get in the way of the small.
- Don’t let the small, get in the way of the big.
- Don’t let the slow get in the way of the fast.
- Don’t let the fast get in the way of the slow.
They might seem simple, but I bet if you review your activities, you can find opportunities to break things down better, or to make sure things accrue to something more significant.
I bet you can find ways to do some things faster, so you can experiment and learn easier.
At the same time, I bet you can find some things to slow down so you can speed up, or create better outputs and outcomes, or even just enjoy your journey more.
After all, sometimes all we have is our journey to look back on.
The Power of Choice: Above the Line vs. Below the Line
Imagine your productivity and value creation as a journey with two distinct paths: “Above the Line” and “Below the Line.”
These paths represent how you approach tasks and challenges in terms of the value they bring.
- Above the Line: This is where the magic happens. When you’re operating “above the line,” you’re focusing on activities that make a real difference. It’s like you’re creating a masterpiece in the world of productivity. You’re not just checking off boxes or doing what’s expected – you’re differentiating yourself by adding unique value. Imagine it as the realm of innovative thinking, problem-solving, and going beyond the ordinary. This is where new opportunities are found and where you truly shine in your productivity efforts.
- Below the Line: Think of “below the line” as the land of the expected. It’s like the daily chores and tasks that need to be done, but they might not stand out as value creators. While important, these tasks are more about maintaining the status quo and keeping things running. They might not directly contribute to new value creation or innovation. They’re like the backdrop of your productivity stage – necessary, but not the spotlight.
So, in terms of productivity and value creation, “Above the Line” is your stage for differentiation and innovation. It’s where you take tasks and elevate them to new heights, creating something unique and valuable. On the other hand, “Below the Line” is the foundation that supports your productivity efforts, but it’s not where you’ll necessarily make the biggest impact in terms of generating new value.
Remember, the key is to find a balance between these two realms. While you can’t escape the “below the line” tasks, you can infuse them with intention and efficiency, leaving more room for your “above the line” endeavors.
This way, you’re not just meeting expectations – you’re exceeding them by creating value that stands out in a world of productivity.
Value Up vs. Backlog Burndown: Crafting a Path to Success
Focusing on “Value Up” versus “Backlog Burn Down” represents two different approaches in project management and productivity.
- Value Up: This approach prioritizes delivering high-value items first. Instead of just working through a list of tasks or items in a linear fashion, you focus on completing tasks that bring the most value to the project or goal. The idea is to ensure that the efforts put into the project are aligned with the most important objectives, and you consistently work on tasks that provide tangible benefits early on.
- Backlog Burn Down: This approach is about reducing the number of tasks in your backlog over time. The goal is to work through tasks systematically, aiming to empty the backlog by completing tasks one after another. The focus here is on reducing the volume of work pending in your to-do list, with the belief that this leads to increased clarity and a sense of accomplishment.
Both approaches have their merits, and the choice between them often depends on the context, nature of the project, and individual preferences. “Value Up” emphasizes efficiency by tackling high-priority items first, while “Backlog Burn Down” aims to create a sense of order by reducing the number of pending tasks.
In essence, “Value Up” is about making sure your efforts align with what truly matters, while “Backlog Burn Down” focuses on keeping your workload manageable and maintaining a clear overview of what’s left to accomplish.
The best approach for you will depend on your specific goals, the complexity of your tasks, and the overall project dynamics.
Redefining Value: Value is in the Eye of the Beholder and Stakeholder
Imagine that you’re in a gallery, surrounded by various works of art. Each piece holds a different meaning and significance to different people. In the world of productivity and value creation, it’s similar – the value of what you produce is subjective and depends on the perspectives of those who benefit from it.
Value is in the eye of the beholder: Just like art is interpreted differently by different viewers, the value you create through your efforts is perceived uniquely by those who receive it. What you consider valuable might not resonate as strongly with someone else. This principle reminds us that understanding your audience’s needs, desires, and priorities is essential. When you tailor your productivity efforts to provide value that aligns with their perspectives, you’re more likely to create meaningful impact.
Value is in the eye of the stakeholder: In a broader sense, stakeholders are the individuals, groups, or entities that have a vested interest in what you’re producing. Whether it’s customers, colleagues, partners, or the community at large, their perception of value matters. If your efforts contribute to their goals, solve their problems, or fulfill their desires, you’re on the path to delivering real value. Recognizing and addressing the needs of stakeholders is a key aspect of effective value creation.
So, when it comes to productivity and value creation, remember that what you create holds value not just based on your perspective, but also on the perspectives of those who benefit from it. By understanding their needs, preferences, and expectations, you can shape your efforts to deliver impactful results. This concept encourages you to step into the shoes of your audience and stakeholders, ensuring that your productivity efforts lead to outcomes that are truly valuable in their eyes.
The Value is in the Change
“The Value is in the Change” ultimately comes down to “behavior change”.
If there’s no behavior change, then there’s no new value created.
Imagine you’re reading a book that transforms the way you think or discovering a new method that revolutionizes the way you work. In these moments, the real value lies not just in the words on the pages or the steps of the process, but in the profound change they bring about in your life.
This idea forms the core of the concept that “the value is in the change.”
In the realm of productivity and personal development, it’s not enough to accumulate knowledge or perform tasks mechanically. The true worth of your efforts emerges when they lead to tangible shifts in behavior, mindset, or outcomes.
Let’s break down this concept:
Change as the Catalyst for Value: Imagine you adopt a new approach to time management. The value doesn’t solely come from learning the approach itself; rather, it’s in the positive change it brings to your efficiency and effectiveness. Similarly, the value of a habit or a technique is measured by the positive change it instigates in your daily life or work.
Actions Over Information: The accumulation of information or even the completion of tasks doesn’t necessarily guarantee value. It’s the actions you take and the changes those actions induce that truly matter. This emphasizes the importance of implementation – applying what you’ve learned to create meaningful change in your life or work.
From Theory to Practice: The transition from theory to practice is where value blossoms. When you take what you’ve learned and apply it to your unique context, that’s when you experience the transformative power of change. This principle encourages you to not just passively consume knowledge, but to actively embrace change as the driving force behind value.
Quantifiable and Qualitative Change: Change can be both quantitative and qualitative. It might mean completing tasks more efficiently, increasing your productivity, or improving your well-being. But it can also encompass shifts in mindset, increased self-awareness, or enhanced problem-solving abilities – all of which contribute to a richer and more valuable life.
Value is in the Change reminds us that the value of our efforts and endeavors isn’t confined to the surface level of information or actions. It extends into the realms of personal growth, transformation, and positive change.
By embracing this perspective, you can aim to create value that resonates deeply and leaves a lasting impact, not just in the tasks completed, but in the profound shifts they inspire.
The Game of Change is Ultimately Behavior Change
The game of change is always about “behavior change”.