The Champion’s Journey: 6 Core Principles to Workplace Efficiency

Claude Jones
Nov 3, 2016 · 6 min read
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The Champion’s Journey

The Champion’s Journey is a metaphor for accomplishing or overcoming everyday life challenges through sheer attitude, natural ability, and hard work. It represents a lifestyle of discipline that will enable you to stay focused, persevere through adversity, motivate others, be accountable, demonstrate integrity, and show humility. Each of the principles, when practiced will transform your perspective in your work / life journey.

Core Principle #1: Focus

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Core Principle #2: Perseverance

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Core Principle #3: Motivation

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Core Principle #4: Accountability

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  • Added an extra zero to the GMV forecast
  • Bombed an important presentation or design review
  • Hit the send button on that email just a bit too soon
  • Deployed a massive bug to production
  • Just plain missed the mark with the fear of not having a job the next morning

Core Principle #5: Integrity

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  • Gossip and criticizing others behind their backs
  • Taking short-cuts in a process or quality checks which might have a negative impact downstream
  • The free snacks in the office start to be hoarded causing others to miss out on a midday treat
  • Someone used up the last bit of toilet paper in the communal bathroom and failed to replace the roll leaving the tasks for someone else
  • Claiming credit for the work of another employee, or failed to give public credit to a coworker’s contribution when presenting materials as your own

Core Principle #6: Humility

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The Finish Line

The Champion’s Journey is not an easy one. It takes Focus, Perseverance, Motivation, Accountability, Integrity, and Humility to cross the finish line. Mastering these skills will not only help you in your personal life, but in your professional career in shaping and building a healthy environment and team setting towards workplace efficiency.

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.

- Mia Hamm


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Claude Jones

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WalmartLabs - Sr. Director of Engineering. Practical Leadership Guy. Motivational Speaker. Life Coach.


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