Monday, December 28, 2015

Fit for the future now

Every modification or change you need or want to make in your personal and business life is only ever one quantum leap away.

As you finalise being ready for making 2016 your best year yet, decide where you want to be, personally, and in your working life at the end of 2016, and then work backwards to the quantum leaps you will take in January, February and March. I find beginning with the end in mind and focusing on 90 days at a time is a great formula for long term success.

As you decide the quantum leaps you're going to take, reflect on where the people you live and work with are at. Maybe better alignment with where others are at should be one of your quantum leaps.

Carefully considering any mismatches, and correcting them, is a key to you being fit for the future now.

The following two screenshots are from Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends. They highlight mismatches between laws and the current economy, and the views of managers and employees. What mismatches could you eliminate in 2016?

As Daniel Pink rightly asserted there's a mismatch between what science knows and business does. Don't make this mistake in your business. Are you up with the latest scientific discoveries and are you applying them in your own way?

I'm sure you've realised that tomorrow never arrives. There's only ever this moment. You can only ever be fit for the future now. 

These great insights from Eileen McDargh may help you. And if you've not yet devoured Eckhart Tolle's great book 'The Power of Now', start there.

A quantum leap is a shift to a different place. And just like a change of heart or a change of mind, can happen in a moment. 

Of course the impact takes longer. And sometimes our world changes while we're in the air! The good news is that how we respond to what happens to us is mostly our decision.

I wish you well on your journey ahead.

Be remarkable.

The best way to predict the future is to create it (now).
Abraham Lincoln or Peter Drucker? Brackets mine.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Goal Setting for 2015Traditional goal setting doesn’t work anymore in our fast, flat and free world. Instead, use this system to design – and achieve – compelling goals in 2015.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Sharing Economy, Shared-value, and Something Better

The following facts are routinely (almost boringly!) presented today by futurists and others:

- The world's largest retailer (Amazon) doesn’t own a single store.

- The world's largest provider of sleeping rooms (Airbnb) doesn’t own a single hotel.

- The world's largest provider of transportation (Uber) doesn’t own a single car.

- The world's biggest media owner (Facebook) creates no content.

- The world's most valuable retailer (Alibaba) has no inventory.

The above are evidence of 'The Sharing Economy' which is a key component of the new world of work.

At the heart of this new world is shared-value.

I was thrilled when I first read Porter's comment 5 years ago because the idea of shared-value has long been at the heart of my work with my clients and the fundamentals, as I have come to see them, of all remarkable businesses as illustrated below.

…the future face of capitalism, say authors John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio in their book Spend Shift will be defined by delivering value and values.

We have all seen values displayed on walls and written in annual reports. The failure to live what is said and written is one of the biggest reasons for poor levels of employee and customer engagement, and so defining our values is not just about words, rather it is about defining the actual behaviours, living by them and being accountable.

In my experience when agreed behaviours are measured as part of performance leadership systems not only does greater accountability occur, the corresponding increases in engagement and therefore productivity, mean profound changes in the delivery of value to stakeholders.

None of this happens unless employees feel valued.

In the context of employees feeling valued, living values, delivering value, and sharing and creating shared value, I'll be producing a short and succinct video (less than 5 minutes) every Monday morning in 2016. Then I'll be conducting a People, Process, and Profit Monthly Intensive via web TV that will expand on the videos through candid and convivial conversations based on your questions and input. Through these conversations we'll be co-creating something better together for our personal and business lives.

The above will be complimentary and exclusive to those who register which you can do here.

All will be in the spirt of the following insights attributed to Bruce Lee, and wisdom from one of the great pioneers of leadership development Mary Parker Follett.

I look forward to you joining me on the journey in 2016.

Be remarkable.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Now Page Movement

Derek Sivers knows about movements so when I read his post here I got straight to it and created my own now page here.

Then I emailed Derek and now I'm here with lots of remarkable people.

Check out Twitter too here.

What are you doing now?

Be remarkable.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Guaranteeing 2016 is your best year yet

On Thursday February 4th 2016 I'm holding a one-of-a-kind in-person master-class. It's for you if want to achieve better business results in 2016 while at the same time improve the quality of your personal life.

Participation will enable you to:

do less but better

lift the capability of your team without reliance on you

follow a proven process in your own way, that means everyone is consistently bringing their very best to their work

You'll leave this master-class with a simple yet profound 90 day plan that when you execute, you'll guarantee that 2016 is your best year yet.

And, to help you to ensure that insights, inspiration and ideas translate into innovation, you'll have 24/7 access to my unique online resource centre as soon as you register, and for 90 days after the master-class, plus, we'll schedule a 1:1 online mentoring session for you at a time you decide most appropriate within the 90 days. The value of this 1:1 session alone will far exceed your investment.

Ian is a rare gem. In the ever increasing complexity of today’s modern world, Ian is always there - personally as an incredible supporter, encourager and also as a wonderful navigator of possibility.

In addition, Ian has presented for us on a number of occasions at various team events, providing memorable and immediately actionable insights for us to better our personal and business lives.

Peter Merrett Head of Customer Experience Property and Asset Management - Jones Lang LaSalle Australia

In this master-class I'll be sharing my learning from working with more than 1000 leaders, women and men, in over 40 countries since 1991.

My promise is that this master-class with Challenge Your Mind, Warm Your Heart, and inspire you to do what you've never done before.

We'll be going on a special journey together using my tried, tested and proven framework pictured below that is based on my work with salt of the earth leaders who work bloody hard and are always wanting to increase and sustain momentum.

We spoke about your presentation afterwards and the overwhelming view is that it was the best presentation, in terms of style and content, that we have ever had for our group.

Craig Walden, CEO, Australian Public Service Benevolent Society Ltd and Member The CEO Institute

Places for this master-class are limited. You can register here.

I'm holding this master-class in Ballarat, my place of birth as a small yet significant way of celebrating the beginning of my 25th year as a business and strategic adviser/mentor and professional speaker.

I welcome your telephone call to +61 (0) 418 807 898 if you'd like to discuss any aspect of this master-class or the follow-through resources and mentoring package.

Be remarkable.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

When beliefs are personal and behaviour universal, success follows

To be human is to flock to belong to places where there's a shared-view or common belief. There'd be no religions, clubs, or movements otherwise. I celebrate this.

To be human at a higher level of consciousness is belonging to places where there's differing views and vigourous debate, yet mutual respect, a valuing of difference, and a willingness to collaborate. I celebrate this more.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind 
at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald's insight is a key to successful leadership, in politics, business, and everywhere else.

It mystifies me that we get hung up about other people's opinions and what other people believe or don't. The fact that some people resort to protests, and at worst violence over this, is a sign of their lack of intelligence, and total lack of appreciation of, and gratitude for, what it means to be human.

How amazing that despite the lessons of history, we're still fighting one another in some places and are unwilling to co-exist.

The slippery slope begins when we take offence at someone else's opinion. This mystifies me too. Your opinions are yours not mine, so how can I possibly be offended? Only when I choose to is the answer.

I choose to not be offended regardless of what other people's opinions are and how they're expressed. I have enough trouble being accountable for my own intentions, feelings, thoughts, behaviours, actions, let alone concerning myself with yours!

When beliefs are personal and behaviour universal, success follows

A client of mine is a devout Christian. Another client is a devout Muslim. Yet another client strictly follows what she sees as the Buddhist way. Still another is Jewish to his bootstraps. I could go on.  I know people from most walks of life who strongly believe what they do. I greatly admire each of my clients whether we share beliefs or not.

What we do share is the understanding that belief is personal and behaviour universal.

To collaborate successfully we respect and value the personal. We know that respect is earned and mutual success possible through behaviour.

Central to most belief systems is a faith of some kind.  Faith by definition cannot be proved.  If it could be proved it wouldn’t be faith!  The ‘proof of the pudding is in the eating’ the saying goes, meaning what we do counts for far more than what we believe. As one of the Apostles of the Christian Church is reported to have said, “Faith without works is dead.”

A lot of faiths are dead, dying, or in trouble today because the actions of a few of the faithful betray their stated beliefs.  I meet a lot of people more interested in being right, than being compassionate for example. Compassion for me is at the truthful heart of all the world’s religions. Compassion is not a belief, it's a behaviour.

If we are not living and breathing a compassionate life we render whatever we believe as null and void, regardless of what we say.

A new world is being born.  Compassion is a key component. There is a place for faith in this new world. For me belief is personal and therefore deserving of respect. What really matters in the universe though is behaviour.

Some people have asked me what has compassion go to do with the future success of my business? My answer is - Everything! particularly in a world where being purpose driven and people focused, and seeing technology as an enabler and enhancer of the human experience, is the leading edge.

Be remarkable.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Kick Start Your Internal Thought Leaders

Kick Start Your Internal Thought LeadersIf you have passionate, articulate people on your team who have great ideas they want to share, let them! Champion their cause to be a thought leader in and for your organisation.

Most leaders don't proactively think about giving their team members a voice, so you'll stand out if you do.

1. Give them a voice

Start by encouraging them to contribute to your organisation's internal newsletter, the external quarterly magazine, the internal blog on the intranet, or the external blog on your Web site.

Some of these publications might be tightly controlled, so you might have to work hard to persuade their managers to accept other contributions, let alone contributions from "junior" people. But it's worth the effort, not only for your team members, but also for the organisation as a whole.

Don't limit your thinking to the written word. They could present (or co-present) at meetings, deliver training courses, publish videos, and present webinars.

2. Build their authority

Some team members will be so keen about speaking up that they want to become an authority in their own right. Give them a platform of their own, beyond just being a contributor to a shared platform. The focus shifts from "This month's newsletter has an article by Shamini about our supply chain process" to "Shamini is an authority on supply chain management, and we're proud to host her blog on our Web site".

This might take even more effort to get approved, but again it's worth it. Having a reputation as an organisation that fosters thought leadership is good for everybody.

3. Support their existing platforms

Some team members will already have a strong online presence. If that is aligned with your team or organisation, help them develop it further.

For example, Gillian might be passionate about women in leadership, and already has a blog, Facebook page, and YouTube channel about that topic. Any leader in any organisation can support this, especially if you work in a male-dominated industry.

Look for ways to support her – for example, giving her time to work on this passion, finding conferences and events for her to attend (or present at), showcasing some of her work in your internal publications, and so on.

Be careful not to "take over" her platform. You can invite her to contribute to internal publications, but don't force her to bring everything under the organisation's umbrella. If she's passionate enough to have built a following, she's passionate about it being hers. Support her in continuing to build her expertise and authority, and you will benefit anyway.

Which of these ideas can you use?

If your team is busy and fighting to keep to tight deadlines, you might wonder how you can spare the time for your team members to also be writing, blogging, or recording videos. But don't think of this as taking time away from their other work; think of it as adding energy and motivation. These team members are passionate and motivated to share their ideas, and that passion and motivation flows over into their other work as well.

Want to know more about developing judgement and wisdom in your team members?

There's more in the Judgement chapter of my book "The Future of Leadership". This chapter looks at how you can give your team members broader and deeper experience.

If you're interested in the future of leadership - and what it means for you - this book is for you.