How the Right Environment Drives Results

What factor allows the most successful people to become even more successful?

This is the question I asked myself as I began a four-year project which recently culminated—one of the achievements I’m proudest of in my career. The overwhelming answer was one I’ve always known: The most successful people think.

As surprising as it sounds, thinking does not come easily to many people. Most individuals typically don’t get the results they want because they’re far too concerned with immediate action. Most people fail to pause, take a step back and strategically think about what they’re doing—they fail to walk through the step-by-step processes for acquiring clarity, enhancing focus and ultimately achieving execution.

As an executive strategist, Tony Jeary International is all about helping our clients become stronger thinkers. When a CEO or company founder comes to meet with us with their inner circle, they have to be prepared to do the critical thinking that others won’t.

I’m a strategy-minded person. For decades, I designed my work around the kind of life I wanted to live with my family. That meant my team and I worked out of what I called the Strategic Acceleration Studio, situated on my estate in North Texas. I could have found office space elsewhere, but to model the importance of intentionality to clients, I worked from this home studio because it allowed me to energetically dedicate more time to my two daughters, teaming up with my wonderful wife.

She and I always dreamed of raising extraordinary kids, and that’s what our girls have become. Today our daughters are 26 and 22, and both are successful and happy in their individual careers, with two great men by their sides.

But once they were out of the house, my intentionality changed. I wanted to model for my clients the possibilities that strategic thinking can create for their businesses. So I began to build the ultimate think tank—The RESULTS Center.

I set the bar high for this new project, envisioning a place where the worlds’ most successful people could come with their teams.

I wanted to model for my clients the possibilities that strategic thinking can create for their businesses. So I began to build the ultimate think tank— The RESULTS Center.

The RESULTS Center needed to be somewhere easily accessible to DFW Airport, so we built at an aspirational location that is just an eight-minute trip in our RESULTS1 sprinter van (a jazzed-up thinking environment in itself). The RESULTS Center needed to leverage all of my research and experience, so we built the Best Practices Library, housing an endless supply of all the books I’ve written—more than 50 of them. The RESULTS Center needed to be a stimulating environment, so we have filled the modern, sun-lit meeting and coaching space with music, a jam board, a health bar, even a vast outdoor lounge designed for shaking hands and mingling.

The RESULTS Center also needed, of course, to be a working home for my stellar hand-picked team, so I’ve supported my people by incorporating top of the line software, office tools and furniture. The team is equipped to cater to clients and be efficient in serving their thinking.

Obviously I’m proud of the space and believe it will help my clients drive the greatest results during our time together. But why am I telling you this? Because after years of perfecting my methodology for clarity, focus and execution—the how of getting results faster—I also realized the importance of the where.

Put simply: Where matters.

For many companies, an office is simply a functional location for people to congregate. Many solopreneurs working from home are motivated by cost-savings and comfort. This lack of attention to the where of work hampers our thinking.

You can tell that I’m proud of The RESULTS Center itself—the space, the structure. But I’m more proud of what it represents: My intention to bring results to my clients by helping them think at the highest level. If you can create a space for your own business that allows you to think at another level, you’ll see the effect of the clarity, focus and execution it affords.

You’ll see that where matters. 

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of SUCCESS magazine.


Tony Jeary is an author, executive coach and presentation strategist. Jeary has published more than three dozen books about making presentations and strategic effectiveness. He coaches the world's top executives from companies such as Wal-Mart, Ford, New York Life and Texaco.

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