This week I have been prepping a new module for the participants in my Culture Design for Leaders program. It is about how to grow your leadership and influence your team using the Be, Do, Have model (this came from L. Ron Hubbard, and you have seen it in materials by Stephen Covey and Tony Robbins).

Most organizations operate under the Do, Have, Be model. If we execute on this project, we will have more profits, and our team/company will be successful.

I was thinking about this approach and realized I was using it when I was raking up leaves this weekend. If I rake up all the leaves now, I will have more time to do fun things with family and be more connected to them.

Something you need to know is I have two 100-foot poplars in my yard, and they are all over my neighbourhood. You literally can’t tell I picked up any leaves on the weekend.

The cycle becomes, the more I do, the more there is to do, and the more I have, the more there is to have. I become defined by what I do to get what I have, and I don’t get to be who I want to be. When people talk about the work “treadmill,” this is it.

It is the same if you are in the Have, Do, Be model, the more I have, the more I can do, and then I will become who I want to be.

A better approach is the Be, Do, Have model. Start with the end in mind.

  • What is your goal?
  • What will accomplishing this goal give you?
  • Who do you have to be/how do you have to be to achieve it?

Then it’s about being that person while doing what you need to do to achieve your goal.

I’m not saying you should stop picking up your leaves. Maybe you need to be the person who hires someone to pick them for you, you hire this person, and now you have the time to connect with your family.

Get in touch to learn more about how you can Be, Do, Have.