Breaking the Rules, Removing the Obstacles to Effortless High Performance by Kurt Wright

Breaking the Rules, Removing the Obstacles to Effortless High Performance by Kurt Wright

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Breaking the Rules is both an intensely personal self-improvement book and a business management book. On the self-improvement side it is a personal guide for discovering what you are like at your very best and how to be that way more often. It offers a complete system of self-understanding based on the premise that being at your best is your natural state, and one you could be enjoying more often if you weren't doing so much to interfere with it. The author invites readers to join him in a discovery learning process that reveals how to stop interfering and learn to tap into and begin to work with the natural guidance that is readily available through your inner intuitive knowing.

A complete description is furnished for how real-time access to your intuition can be easily achieved when your intuition is being supplied with properly framed questions.

Breaking the Rules proposes that:

1) Being at your best cannot occur until you gain real-time access to your intuition.

2) While it may be easier for women to access their intuition, it is actually men who have the more powerful intuitive capability. The real need is for both men and women to fully appreciate and make better use of this valuable strength.

3) The proper use of "what's right" questions is a far simpler and more effective way to solve problems than trying to figure out what's wrong and fix it.

4) All that we know about what it takes for an individual to be at his or her best must cross-apply to an organization or it cannot be considered valid.

5) All that we think must occur for an organization to be at its best must also be true for an individual at his or her best or it cannot be considered valid.

6) Our lives work best when they are lived in full alignment with our life's purpose. Unfortunately, less than five percent of the population is able to articulate their life's purpose.

7) Problems that occur in our lives are simply ways used by our inner self to let us know that we are out of alignment with our life's purpose.

On the business management side, the work presented in Breaking the Rules is the culmination of more than 20 years of inquiry, development and field testing around the question, "What causes commitment, in its healthiest, least stressful form?" The author's initial working premise was that if the thought process used by visionary leaders to achieve their high level of effectiveness could be truly understood, that understanding should offer an ideal model for allowing organizations to achieve their own greatness. Breaking the Rules shows how this can now be demonstrated consistently in practice.

From the Author
There's an old saying that we teach what we wish to learn. My career has been one of teaching people how to bring out the best in themselves and others. This focus of attention grew out of a decision made in 1970 to spend the rest of my life seeking to understand what each of us is like at our very best. I observed that there were far too many studies of what is wrong with people and too few about what is right with people. Breaking the Rules thus summarizes the findings from this 27-year study of what each of us is like when we are at our very best, and how to be that way more often.

During the study it became clear that people who operate at their best most of the time didn't learn to do so by looking outside themselves for answers. For this reason, I resisted the idea of writing a book about my findings. It seemed to me that it would be too easy for a book to reward readers for looking to me for answers. I was unwilling to do that. Eventually I found a way to write so there is not a sentence of advice in the entire 320 pages of Breaking the Rules. In lieu of advice, I have attempted to capture and model throughout the book a unique mentor-coaching process that shows up in the background of every visionary leader I have studied.