Balance Cubed

Joe Clementi

Welcome to Balanced Cubed with your host, "CoachJoe" - Joe Clementi. A podcast for you...where we discuss all aspects of a balanced life. On Balanced Cubed, we lean on our life's experiences to provide you with tools, advice, and coaching to help you fine-tune your balance Our goal is to provide insights and actions that help our listeners unleash your inner power and potential that will ultimately impact your life positively. On Balanced Cubed, our viewpoints are the 6 main balanced areas of life such as; personal mastery, mindset, leadership development, relationship building, service to yourself and others. And maybe most importantly, accountability! Unfiltered, and unscripted, "Your connection to a balanced life."

Episode 16: Balance Cubed "Momentum. The fickle child of progress"
Jun 29 2022
Episode 16: Balance Cubed "Momentum. The fickle child of progress"
Momentum is the fickle child of progress. It requires careful manipulation and conscientious focus. The act of keen observation that positions our success on a level of performance and continuous improvement.  Sustainable momentum is a tactical element of leadership.  Have you experienced running downhill and the intense emotion that comes with compelling action?  The euphoria of momentum propelling your forward as you learn to balance speed and motion.  Maybe you’ve experienced the counter action while running uphill. The energy and force doubles as you try to gain momentum.  Fortunately, for us momentum isn’t an uphill/downhill challenge.  It is in fact; a landscape completes with peaks and valleys. Filled with adversity and diversions. The biggest challenge for a leader is directing momentum. More to the point directing and sustaining momentum! Rising to the challenge as a leader while achieving an agenda is just the beginning. Our story: we’d come out of a company-wide realignment strategy, and I’d been assigned a new role within the organization.  Our mission to provide leadership, stability, and growth in a particular segment of our business.  An underserved area.From my limited mindset it was a demotion.  In the beginning, I didn’t understand the vision and didn’t embrace the change.  One thing I knew for certain.  We were not going to allow it to fail!  In my minds eye, there were no other alternatives.As we progressed, we added new teammates with varying degrees of leadership.  They had sound tactical practices and new the function of the role in its’ simplest form.  But, we had many communication challenges and the team didn’t match the leaders’ vision.  My vision.  We scaled the walls of momentum and progress was measurable from a metrics perspective.  Metrics, didn’t tell the whole story.  We were clunky, failing to communicate, and struggled to align with our newly assigned purpose.  How do you bring a team of subject matter experts together on mission that requires team alignment? We had to learn how to operate as team to trust to gain momentum.  Like any other change, it required many late-night meetings, coaching, and counseling teammates to act as one and to develop into leaders.  Our mission was more than a metric of performance, it was essential as we headed in and out of COVID. Our team hit a hill fueled by a series of wins.  You know when you have it.  You know you have it when that everything seems to be flawless.  Like our oil tanker mass being guided to shore. Guided by processes, actions, and core values. It’s the passive energy of forward progress that generates.The challenge: we were veering on a course of momentum like a landslide taking everything in its path.  Riding the wave of influence as it coerced us into believing we had arrived.  Then, like most we were faced with talent depletion, rising costs, and stressed overworked teammates.  The vision it seemed had changed course again.  As our passion to ride the waves of adversity diminishes, our flame burns low.  The illusion of ease takes over and we’re disillusioned. Sometimes we don’t even see the winds of change redirect our focus.   5 practical applications:  1.  Build a coalition of people who support the mission. 2.  Maintain hyper-focus. Keep everyone focused on the activities necessary.  3.  Adjust, adapt, and overcome. 4.  Take time to celebrate small, but definable successes. 5.  Bonus: keep learning.
Episode 15: "Negative Self-Speech"
Jun 22 2022
Episode 15: "Negative Self-Speech"
Don’t be a victim of negative self-speak. The words you say aloud can be powerful allies or powerful weapons.How many times do we use throw away words? Like Statements “I’m so stupid” , “how can I be so dumb?”, or “I’m such a procrastinator”.Welcome to Balance Cubed with your host. #coachjoeCome on this journey as we discuss the…On Balance Cubed we lean in on our experiences to provide you with the practical applications, Toklas, advise, and coaching to help you find tune your talents.That’s right, motivated and inspired your connection to a balanced life.On Episode 15 we’re discussing Negative Speak. The impact of the words we speak out loud.Be aware of the words you use out loud. Be specific about the words you use to describe your setbacksEarlier in life, it is convenient to excuse poor decisions by labeling them and myself.Before there were SME who educated us on the power of the words we speak.I would used derogatory and at times defamatory language to define my own mistakes.Those choice words like weights around my mindset.Those burdens literally weighing down perspectives limiting potential. I was living into the person I was verbally describing.What’s the power of negative words spoken aloud?Annabel’s evil twin...There’s and old axiom that says “the words you speak become the house you live in.”How often do we allow our fear to manifest and stop our progress ? Words misspoken aloud changes our outcome before we even begin.Study’s proved that when we speak negative words they release stress and anxiety-inducing hormones.Some of us are in the habit of using the same negative words over and over again out of habit. The problem is that the more we hear, read, or speak a word or phrase, the more the spoken word power it has over us.Our 5 practical applications for the power of positive speak1. When we speak we should speak with mindfulness, in a way to solidify peace and compassion in our characters.2. Write out affirmations and speak them aloud.3. Observe your communication. Interrupt the patterns of negative self speak.4. Being disciplined on the words you when speaking to and about yourself. By considering the powerful force of language.5. ask yourself what you are thinking. The quality of your thoughts are in direct proportions to the quality of your questions!This is because the brain uses repetition to learn, searching for patterns and consistency as a way to make sense of the world around us.Don’t take my word for it!In their jointly written book, Words Can Change Your Brain, Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert state, “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”“WORDS CAN INSPIRE. AND WORDS CAN DESTROY. CHOOSE YOURS WELL.”
Teamwork: The interface of people and processes
Jun 15 2022
Teamwork: The interface of people and processes
Teamwork, the working together imperative.The essence of all teams is collaborative interdependence.Teamwork: is often paired with terms like collaboration, synergy, and cooperation.It’s a dichotomy of strategy and tactics in the purpose of brining a vision to life.Welcome to a balance cubed with your host Coach Joe.Come on this journey as we discuss a balanced/harmonious life.On Balance Cubed we lean on our experiences to provide you with the practices applications, tools, advising, and coaching to help you find tune your talents.Our goals are to provide insights and actions that help our listeners unleash your inner power creating harmony and balance - that will inspire your life positively.That’s right, unscripted and unfiltered your connection to a balanced life.On episode 14 we are discussing the power of teamwork and the interface of people and process.All teams are groups but not all groups are teams.Let’s demonstrate the power of teamwork and the influence on results.The Story of the great balloon challenge...In working with high-performance minded leaders we find there are some commonalities in their approach to a team environment.They have a self-realization that prosperous work is a result of collective unit working in tandem towards a missionThat cohesiveness aligns the daily efforts that move the team towards excellence.We achieve more when we use the collaborative brains, enthusiasm, and support of everyone on the team.Teamwork is far less about hierarchical management and more about collaborative leadership.We found there are 5 practical applications you can use to align your team.How does your current team dynamics stack up? What are the elements you would add?1. Realization that the team’s essential to you and your goals2. The composition of the team. Who’s on the team and why?3. The energy of the team: when they come together are they working in congruence with the core values?4. The emotional health and safety of the team. Make sure you are addressing the emotional well-being of the team.5. The intentions, energy, and presence of the team is fundamental to the success of the organization.Thank you for tuning into Balance Cubed with your host coach JoeWe appreciate the time you’ve invested and are committed to delivering you content that matters.If you like our message please like and download this episode and share with someone you know would benefit from its message.We can grow our community with your help. Remember, to embrace the grind, enjoy the journey, and keep on listening.You got this!
Balance Cubed: Episode 13:  "Doubt and disillusionment"
Jun 8 2022
Balance Cubed: Episode 13: "Doubt and disillusionment"
Doubt comes naturally, it may be momentary questioning, it may be logical fear.But, these are human responses that though, natural are deterrents that manifest themselves in various ways.Welcome to balance cubed I’m your host coach Joe.On episode 13: We’re discussing doubt and the disillusionment residing in the room of doubt.Come on this journey where we discuss a balanced/harmonious life.On Balanced Cubed we lean on our experiences to provide you with the practical application tools, advising, and coaching to help you fine-tune your talents.Our goals are to provide insights and actions that help our listeners unleash your inner power creating harmony and balance the- that will inspire your lifepositively.Don’t get comfortable in the “room of doubt and disillusionment ”. #coachjoeThe room of doubt and disillusionment is a place we experience anxiety because we can’t see the answers.The barrier is often within the preverbal 4 walls of your current mindset. The confines of which are limited by how far they’re stretched.The limiting beliefs that keep us confined to our past experiences.The room of doubt and disillusionment is but a temporary setting that heralds the room of renewal.The room of doubt can often times lead to a new beginning.A place where we discover the lessons of failure, learn what it is we want, and inspires us to take action.A place where reflection changes perspective and failure redirects our course.
Balance Cubed: Episode 11 "Scalable skills and deliberate practice"
May 26 2022
Balance Cubed: Episode 11 "Scalable skills and deliberate practice"
Scalable skills are those skill sets you can acquire, deploy, and replicate with consistency.Our actions change our perspective.Our perspective changes our actionsOur actions changes our resultsWelcome to balance cubed I’m your host coach Joe.On episode 11. We’re discussing scalable skills and deliberate practice. Individually they’re powerful tools to move you forward.When combined they become positive lethal forces to elevate any actionable missionCome on this journey where we discuss a balanced/harmonious life.On Balanced Cubed we lean on our experiences to provide you with the practical application tools, advising, and coaching to help you fine-tune your talents.Our goals are to provide insights and actions that help our listeners unleash your inner power creating harmony and balance the- that will inspire your lifepositively.Picture if you will a funnel. For the bottom end of your tunnel to deliver its intended purpose it must have the proper input at the top end.High-performance minded leaders understand the quality and quantity of the input determines the output.So they’re specific about the level activity that feeds the top end of the funnel.Instead of managing the end-result of their actions they double-down their input effortsWe start through a process we labeled “self-discovery “Self discovery is a solution based activity that identifies the actions needed to moves us towards the desired objectiveThat activity is either moving forward or holding us in place.When we add clarity to the reasons for stagnation we can identify and discuss the steps necessary to get us back on the right actions that move us forwardOur funnel of self discovery consists of 7 key inlets. We’ll call these our action identities1. Our daily managing activities are we acting congruently with our goals?2. Our voids. These are usually are blind spots and no one is comfortable looking at your individual blind spots. But by bringing them into the light we can alter our perspective and adjust to a more serving action3. Our behavior. Are we fueling our daily behaviors with the right fuel. Expanding our current circle of influences instead of standing in a circle of comfort.4. Root cause analysis. To truly understand the roadblocks we need to what’s impeding our path. A thorough root cause analysis will identify the smallest stop signs on our journey5. Best Practices. The road is not always the same for your success as it’s been for someone else. Each person must travel a different course. However, there are some best practices you can benefit from others who’ve successfully traversed your current course. Find them and implement6. Tactics, tools, and Strategies. As one of my favorite books by Brent Gleason says “Embrace the Suck” set clear goals, create an execution plan, practice daily diligence, and exercise daily routines7. Implementation of daily actions by taking massive action.“If it doesn’t involve at least a little bit of pain, adversity, or challenge, it’s not worth doing” - Brent Gleason