S4E35. Adopting the Velocity Mindset with Ron Karr

Ron Karr has worked with leaders on six continents to help them eliminate risk, gain buy-in, and achieve more with what he calls “the velocity mindset.” Over the past 30 years, Ron’s presentations and advisory services have generated over a billion dollars in incremental revenue for his clients. He’s the author of five books, including his latest, The Velocity Mindset, and the best-seller Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way

Recently, Ron had some serious back pain and had to get multiple surgeries. He had to deal with that immense pain and immobility for two years, which gave him plenty of time to think about all of the things he hadn’t yet been able to do. Ron realized that it wasn’t external factors that had been keeping him from doing those things – he’d just never taken action. He was 57 years old, so he knew that, if he wanted to achieve everything he strove for in life, he had to speed things up. That’s where the velocity mindset comes in.

Velocity is speed plus direction. For Ron, direction is defined by the outcome of where you want to go. Many CEOs are focused more on the daily tasks than the purpose of the business. But when you’re purpose-driven, you will identify the tasks you need to accomplish to get where you want to go.

The biggest things that hold us back are our fears. We constantly create stories out of the events in our lives, and try to give them meaning. If we know what those stories are and the current meaning isn’t serving us, then we have the power to change them.

In addition to taking purpose-driven action, leaders have to align others with that purpose. They can’t do everything themselves. If you want to influence others, you have to create a safe environment for talk and discussion. You have to engage with people and show interest. This generates oxytocin and builds trust.

Whatever you’re doing, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. It all comes down to purpose. If you’re true to your mission while honoring and respecting the goals of those around you, you will go far.

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