Perspective, Priorities and Bias

How do you achieve daily awesomeness?


Replicating success is imperative to being a hot-shot employee and an industry-leading company. In this backstage interview at Leadercast Live 2019 Kat Cole, North America COO and president at FOCUS Brands, shares her ingredients for repeated success.

Kat breaks down her formula into three buckets: having the right perspective, correctly aligned priorities and a bias for action. She calls these the components of “the art and science of badassery and general daily awesomeness.”

Watch this video to hear Kat explain how you can establish and repeat your own awesomeness.

So today, I did one of garage talks at Focus Brands, which is a quick, TED-style talk, 15 minutes, where anyone in the company can share things they believe will add value to the organization. So today, I spoke on the art and science of badassery and general daily awesomeness and breaking that down is in three buckets of having the right perspective, getting your priorities right and having a bias for action.

I shared a lot of personal stories in those three buckets about how to have the right perspective every day, which is a balance of thinking of those that are less fortunate and having the perspective at any given moment that things could be worse, on the other hand, having the perspective that people that have much less than you have often done much more. So using that perspective between those two things to help you feel okay about the day, but also give you a nice sense of self-advancement, self-coaching and perspective is incredibly important in general daily awesomeness.

Next, having your priorities straight, I share stories that I learned from Eastern Africa and villages about having your priorities straight, like making sure water is available to the village before you go building schoolhouses and donating books and all kinds of things that feel good, but ultimately can't add value if people can't stay alive.

And then, finally, talking about a bias for action and performance. I shared stories of my mom who raised three girls, including me, on her own and how she had a lot of courage to just take a leap of faith without having everything that she needed. So I told a lot of her stories as well as those of me in the past and my better half, who just rode across the Atlantic Ocean and gave some interesting perspective on having a bias for action and saying yes before you're ready, but then having the hustle muscle to do what it takes to figure things out in between what you know now and what you need to know to be successful.

Kat Cole

Kat Cole’s twitter handle reads “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, Coffee-loving Chronic Learner” – this not only describes her as a person, it describes the philosophies she applies to busi...

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