Monday, November 5, 2007

The best way to tackle change of any sort is through our behaviours

The higher you go, the less feedback you get from others

What determines your success? “It is overcoming your personal constraints that determines your success, rather than just playing to your strengths,” says Flip Flippen, author of The Flip Side: Break Free of the Behaviours That Hold You Back (
The book is a guide to ‘top ten killer constraints’ that confront us at home and at work. These constraint types come with snazzy names such as the Bulldozers or the dominant ones; the Marshmallows that thrive in nurturing; the Quick draws, who are impulsive; the Critics, who nitpick; the Ostriches, characterised by low self-confidence; the Flatliners displaying low passion; the Turtles, resistant to change; the Volcanoes, visibly aggressive; and so on.
Personal growth, achieved by overcoming constraints, is more than just personal, argues the author, during the course of a recent e-mail interaction with The New Manager. “It is not ‘about me,’ but it is about those whom I serve and care about. When I don’t grow, it has a tremendous impact on others. Usually that impact is not good unless I am giving them my best – which I can’t do without dealing with my personal constraints.”

Flippen heads The Flippen Group, which he founded in 1990 with a simple philosophy: ‘We grow people’. A fast-growing leadership development organisation in the US, the company’s educational processes and curricula are in use in 5,000 school districts and campuses in 42 states, claims Excerpts from the interview:

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