the quarterli® habit

“Habits are powerful but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness or can be deliberately designed. They often occur without our permission but can be reshaped by fiddling with their parts. They shape our lives far more than we realise—they are so strong, in fact, that they cause our brains to cling to them at the exclusion of all else, including common sense.”

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business; 2012.

eleven principles of habit theory

1
Small improvements make a big difference. Success comes from a series of small actions rather than a massive, once in a lifetime, intervention.
2
Developing good habits improves performance. They appear to make little difference on any given day, but their impact over time can be huge.
3
Breaking bad habits really helps too. Success is as much about recognising and changing bad habits than it is about forming new ones.
4
All habits are not created equal. Keystone habits have an amazing ripple effect that produces many more positive outcomes.
5
Knowing how habits work helps you change them. We're all slaves to neuroscience. So, understanding our 'Habit Loops' is half the battle!
6
Adopting better habits demands a system. It's no good just striving for goals, we need a system that creates better routines.
7
Keep it simple. You'll seriously harm your chances of forming a new habit if you make it too complex or demanding.
8
It's important to make a plan for when and where you will perform a new habit. Desire or motivation just isn't enough.
9
Outcomes are not immediate. That’s why many business leaders fall back into those bad ‘in the business’ habits that provide instant rewards.
10
Reward the new routine. As business leaders, we must create measures that provide a sense of achievement when we work on the business.
11
It's easier with a group. Don't do it alone. Bring your senior team with you and work together to develop new habits.

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how quarterli® embeds these principles

Quarterli® is designed to help business owners, CEOs and Managing Directors improve their organisation’s chances of long-term success. It’s a simple, habit-forming approach that engages your senior team and encourages them to help you work ‘on the business’ rather than simply fulfilling their functional roles.
It helps senior teams develop a Good Habit; working 'on the business'.
It's a Keystone Habit that many senior teams do badly, despite the best of intentions.
It's about a series of Small Actions rather than a big, one-off intervention.
It's a New Routine that can change a bad habit or create a new one.
It's a Simple routine that makes it easy to sustain.
It's even more Sustainable because it doesn't require expensive consultancy support.
It creates new 'leading measures' of business growth that Reward the New Routine (because we know outcomes aren't immediate when it comes to 'working on the business').
It engages and involves the entire senior team, so you Work Together as a Group to develop this new habit.
It provides a System and a Time and Place for you to perform your new 'on the business' habit every quarter.

a new quarterli® routine

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