The Exponential Equation


When we can align personal values, vision and purpose at work, we tap into a well of deep meaning. This is an energetic field that creates an exponential difference.
Excerpt from, The Cycle of Transformation by Deb Siverson (that’s me!)

The question hung in the air, creating both stillness and a quickening, as my awareness expanded and my heart began to beat loudly in my ears. I finally responded, “I don’t know which of those things are getting the results I’m going for, some combination of it I suspect.”

“How do you know if you need to shift what you’re doing, or develop new skills to get better at the actions you’re taking?”

I paused and carefully considered my answer. “I don’t know. I base my decisions on intuition and my best guess.”

“Too often we do the same things, in the same ways, and expect to get different results.”

A discussion like this one is how I was first introduced to the Definition of Insanity, and the nucleus for what I now call the Exponential Equation. Getting results in both work and our personal life is a function of what we do, how well we do it, and how deeply and passionately we are engaged in the outcomes.

The formula is simple, A (Activities) multiplied by E (Effectiveness), to the Power of Y (Why it matters) = R (Results). Easy to comprehend but not easy to apply consistently. Below is a deeper look at each factor in the equation.


Activities: The quality or state of being active. Are we doing the right things, at the right time, with the right people and resources, and am I doing enough of them?

Effectiveness: Producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect. What are the skills, knowledge, and strategy that I am applying toward a given activity?

Power of Y: That which ignites and inspires us. What values, vision, and purpose makes the outcome meaningful?

Results: Proceed or arise as a consequence, effect, or conclusion. Are they the results we need? Are they aligned with what is most important?

Take your life to a whole new level by assessing each component carefully. A coach can help by asking questions and identifying the levers that will most get you what you want.

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Deb Siverson is a seasoned executive coach, certified as a PCC through the International Coach Federation. If you want to schedule time to discuss how you or your organization can increase engagement through the development of the Leader Coach, contact us now.