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Whereas achieving standard results enables us to do a better job and have a better career, deep results are different. Deep results are about being better leaders. Of course, being a better leader will have a positive impact on your job and your career. But there is something else involved: Being a better leader means being a better person. Who we are as a leader and who we are as a person should be same thing. If they're not, we diminish both our leadership and person we are.
Look at it this way: Standard results are about "doing"; deep results are about "being". Our most important achievements as leaders are not just what we achieve but who we become in that achieving.
For instance, if we don't get standard results in our job, we fail in that job or at least in that particular aspect of job.
But in realm of deep results, such failure might lead to success if in that failure, we find a better way to lead, a better way to be better.
Here are some ways deep results differ from standard results.
--Deep results emerge over longer periods of time.
--Deep results encompass wider circles outside your job, usually impacting your family, friends, and relatives.
--Deep results are often not conventionally successful results. They can come in guise of failure.
--Deep results can't be quantified. They're usually a quality of living or being.
--Deep results are often not immediately apparent. Usually, you become aware of them after they appear and sometimes long after they appear.
--Deep results are formed in your inner life and choices you make over things you control, your opinions, aspirations, and desires.
--Deep results shape, and are shaped by, character. How does one go about getting deep results? There are many paths up this mountain. But one path is straight and steep and clear. In Part Two, I'll show you that path and provide examples of deep results in action.
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The author of 23 books, Brent Filson's recent books are, THE LEADERSHIP TALK: THE GREATEST LEADERSHIP TOOL and 101 WAYS TO GIVE GREAT LEADERSHIP TALKS. He has been helping leaders of top companies worldwide get audacious results. Sign up for his free leadership e-zine and get a free white paper: "49 Ways To Turn Action Into Results," at www.actionleadership.com