Monday, May 26, 2014

Are you leading your business like a mechanic or a gardener?

This weeks sparkenation.

"The most universal challenge that we face is the transition from seeing our human institutions as machines to seeing them as embodiments of nature. We keep bringing in mechanics when what we need are gardeners."
Peter Senge

Are you leading your business like a mechanic or a gardener?

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mika Brzezinski Still Standing Up for Smart People

Seven years ago, I raved about MSNBC news anchor Mika Brzezinski, who refused to pander to the masses by protesting about having to report a Paris Hilton story as important news:

I notice that just a few days ago, Ms Brzezinski is at it again, this time taking aim at a co-anchor:

Should I be happy that she has stuck by her principled stance for such a long time, and still survived in the cut-throat world of network news? Or sad that smart people still have to fight for this sort of stuff?

As one of the commenters on the video said:

"Isn't it amazing that a journalist showing some integrity warrants nearly a million views on youtube? Is it really that rare?"

Monday, May 19, 2014

Are you living by your own or someone else’s rules?

This weeks sparkenation.

I have a friend who when confronted with the regular silliness of society's rules says “Who made that rule?!”

The thing about conventional wisdom is that often it isn’t wise.

“Dogma is living with the results of other people’s thinking”, said Steve Jobs.

Of course for our safety and other people’s we must abide by certain rules. There are many, many rules though that we just follow blindly that don't make any sense at all. Are you living by your own or someone else’s rules?

“I must point out that my rule of life prescribes as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.”
Winston Churchill

He lived till age 91.

“Polonius (Father):
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
Laertes (his Son):
Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.”
Hamlet Act, scene 3.
William Shakespeare

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian

PS A key result of being a member of Maverick Thinkers Studio is living by your own rules. There are now just 28 days left to take up the very special inaugural membership offers. Find out all about them here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Your sacred space

This weeks sparkenation.

Your sacred space is where you find yourself again and again, said the great mythologist Joseph Campbell.

I have several sacred spaces - my office, my garden, my favourite walking places, a few coffee shops.

Where's yours?

My online studio is a sacred space for both of us should you be willing. Find out more.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian

More sparkenations here.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Can Your Customers Engage With Each Other?

Can Your Customers Engage With Each Other?One of the easiest ways to test whether you're embracing our Fast, Flat and Free world is with this question:

How easily can your customers engage with each other when you're not around?

You might be making it easier for them to engage with you (e.g. 24/7 customer support, fast response times, monitoring Twitter), and that's a good start. Two-way engagement is good, but it's still one-to-one engagement.

The real power comes when you allow them to engage with each other, and the Internet makes this possible (e.g. online forum, wiki, Facebook page). It gives new customers a tool to ask questions, passionate customers a platform to rave about you, and everybody in between the chance to feel a stronger connection with your brand and organisation.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

For change champions change is a verb more than a noun

This weeks sparkenation.

Nouns answer the question: “What?”, while verbs are action words which answer the question: ‘How?’

For change champions change is a verb more than a noun.

When we don’t do what we know we should do, we never discover what we don’t know that we must do. This mean we live our lives unaware of what we actually love to do. Change champions territory is therefore beyond our reach.


The above overviews the journey I go on with people in my role as a mentor.

If the challenges of change are keeping you awake at night and you want to sleep like a baby such a journey could be for you.

Helping business leaders to be change champions is my business.


Are you feeling a deep desire for and/or are you confronted with the necessity for personal, relationship, or organisational change?

Would you love to be able to guarantee you will succeed in your change/s and thrive on the associated challenges?

I can help you. Please check out the link above and contact me today.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Maverick Thinkers Studio is now open


A studio is a place where people imagine and create their art. For me my studios are my office, my garden, my library, several favourite coffee shops, trains and planes, and the places where I meet with collaborators and clients.

All artists want to share their art with people who can appreciate it. We want to add great value to these people. We want to help these people to lead fuller lives and achieve better results. 

Galleries, stadiums and pubs are common sharing places.

Of course, as you well know, there are a zillion places online for sharing our art too.

Maverick Thinkers Studio is my online place where I share my art and the art of other people who have inspired me. It's the sanctuary where time-poor business leaders come to overcome resistance to and the fear of change, and to learn to thrive on the challenges of change.

I am in the process of uploading all my key research insights, tools, tips, techniques, templates, ebooks, workbooks, videos, articles, papers, links, interviews, checklists, diagnostics, articles, slideshares, handouts; you name it.

If you are a business owner or leader wanting to thrive on the challenges of change, you will love being able to drop in to my online studio whenever you wish.


For the month of May 2014 only, you can save 50% of the fee for membership at the Enrolled level of Maverick Thinkers Studio. Yes you read that right, 50% savings. All you have to do is remind me of this never-to-be-repeated offer when you book in for your guided tour. 

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian