Monday, February 29, 2016

The Great Leadership Leap

Below is today's Monday Morning Momentum video.

It's about the great leadership leap. Unlike today, which only happens every four years, you don't have that long to make the leap should you want to achieve better business results at less personal cost.



You'll find the resources referred to in the video here, including a short story about an entrepreneur who's made the leap.

Be remarkable.
Ian

Monday, February 22, 2016

The one critical factor for co-creating a culture of innovation

Below is this weeks Monday Morning Momentum video. It's about what I believe is the one critical factor for co-creating cultures of innovation.



Check out the resources referred to in the video here.

Be remarkable.
Ian

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Big Deal About Big Data

The Big Deal About Big DataThere's been a lot of buzz about "big data", but there's also a lot of confusion about what it is, what it means, and whether it applies to your business or industry.

Here are some examples of Big Data in action:

  • My supermarket loyalty card allows Woolworths to track my buying habits and make specific recommendations for products based on those habits.
  • Microsoft is recommending its Kinect system, which was devised for video games, to retailers to recognise and track shoppers in retail stores.
  • The Guevara car insurance company allows groups of safe drivers to band together for lower insurance premiums.
  • "Robo-advice" in the financial planning industry allows software to create financial plans for clients - and learn from performance to deliver even better plans in the future.
  • The Alivecor device is an iPhone attachment that allows cardiac patients to take their own ECGs - and eventually the software will be able to predict heart attacks and strokes before they occur.

I covered these examples - and more - in a recent webinar, which will help you discover what you need to know now about big data to future-proof your business.

After the webinar, I asked participants "What was the most useful thing you learned today?" Here are some of their answers:

"Understanding the term Big Data"

"The extent of possible uses of Big Data"

"There isn't much we can do about the collection of so much data, so why not use what is available on the public arena, to our advantage!"

"Big data is here and we had better figure out how to work with it"

"Book: Connected"

"How technology is advancing"

"The world is heading towards Minority Report where the shops scan the shoppers and they receive targeted offers. I love it!"

"Good explanation of machine learning"

The Future Proof Webinar Series

This webinar is part of my Future Proof webinar series, which will keep you in touch with our future - what's ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I'll cover an important topic about the future - for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I'll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

Here are six compelling reasons to attend the Future Proof webinar series:

  1. You'll understand how the Internet is affecting your world, which means you can take advantage of the opportunities and avoid the risks and threats.
  2. You'll be consistently getting updates on what has changed, so you don't fall behind.
  3. You'll be learning what most of your competitors are not learning, so you get a competitive edge.
  4. You get the chance to ask me questions live on the webinar, so you get your questions answered. I won't hold anything back – I'll answer in as much detail as I can in the time available
  5. You tap into my 15+ years of experience in helping people understand the future, so you'll learn from real businesses and get practical, relevant ideas.
  6. There's some really cool stuff happening! So attend the webinar series and I'll show you what's on the horizon - for both your personal and professional life.

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When you register, you'll get automatic e-mail reminders before each webinar, so you don't miss any. You're registering for the entire series, but there's no obligation to attend every webinar (of course).

Register here

(On that page, you can also see the webinar time in your own time zone)

Monday, February 8, 2016

The number one role of leadership

Below is today's Monday Morning Momentum video.



You can access the resources referred to in the video and the archives here.

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Be remarkable.
Ian

I help business owners/leaders increase their profits and reduce the personal cost for them and other people in the business [by working with their people and processes]. And because I’ve been around the block enough, I do it in a way that’s fun and easy. Also because of my personality being the way it is, I always have my clients backs, whatever the situation.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Get the Most Out of Every Book You Read and Every Conference You Attend

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When you attend a conference, do you make lots of notes to take action later - but most of them don't get done?

Or do you read a great business book and intend to put some of the ideas into action - but never find the time to do them?

The trouble with having one big list of actions is that it's not easy to prioritise. If your list says "Do the laundry" and "Find a cure for malaria", it's not very useful. And yet that's usually what happens with a To Do list from a conference, workshop, or book.

You could try to solve this by only writing the things you will do now. But then you'll only end up doing the laundry, getting milk, and sorting e-mail. Those things might be useful, but you'll miss out on the really big opportunities.

For example, some years ago, I spoke at a conference for dentists, and one of the attendees, Jamie Harris, got my book "Fast, Flat and Free", and had an innovative idea when he started reading it. He wrote to me later, saying:

"I only read one paragraph but l was a changed man. Made me realise that public were purchasing on recommendations of friends before even getting to us. I applied this to social media and created the fastest growing dental practice in Australia in 2013 www.budgetddentistry.com.au We grew 6-fold in 7 months ... To put it mildly, l was blown away."

If Jamie had just implemented the small ideas from the conference or the book (and there were plenty of them), he would never have achieved that success.

So what about the opposite approach - where you only do the big stuff? That usually doesn't work either, because there are a lot of other things happening, and it's too easy to postpone the big goals until you have the time (which never happens).

Here's a better plan ...

Obviously, the answer is to prioritise. But how do you set the right priorities?

I'm glad you asked!

When you consider all the things you on your list, some of them will be more valuable (that is, have a higher impact) than others. Some of them will also be easier than others.

I suggest you set your priorities in this order:

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In brief: Start with simple things for quick wins, then tackle some more challenging things, and then take on at least one wild and crazy idea.

Put another way, you will implement, initiate and inspire:

  • Implement: Build momentum by looking for easy (but valuable) things that lead to “quick wins”.
  • Initiate: Identify some more challenging things you can’t complete immediately, but are worthwhile projects.
  • Inspire: Find at least one big thing that might even seem crazy to most people, but you think is worth pursuing.

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I haven’t even mentioned the bottom-left quadrant: the things that are easy to do but don’t really add value. These are the Bright Shiny Objects that come your way – whether it’s new technology, a management method, or a new business superstar everybody wants to emulate. It’s easy to be distracted by them, and they might seem enjoyable to pursue, but they can quickly take you off track. So don’t be tempted by them!

Implement: Find the quick wins

Start with the things that are both easy and valuable, which are opportunities for “quick wins”.

Look for things you can do in the next few days (or a week at most).

Initiate: Plan the big wins

Look through your list for more things that are valuable, even if they aren’t easy. These are still wins, so they are still worth the effort, even if they take more resources to achieve.

These could stretch out to a few weeks, a month, or even up to three months. Because they take time and effort, you will have to fit these in with your other priorities.

Inspire: Do something crazy

Finally, look for at least one idea that would light your fire, seems beyond your reach, and might even appear crazy to most other people.

Sam Schillace from the cloud storage company Box puts it this way:

“If 80% think it’s the dumbest idea ever and should die in a fire, and 20% think it’s the best thing they’ve ever seen, then you’ve probably got something.”

So the next time you read a great business book, watch an interesting video, or attend a conference or workshop, make a list of all the great ideas - and then prioritise them in this way.

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

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Leadership that's fit for the future now

I really enjoyed participating in a Blab last Monday with colleagues from my speaking master-mind group Alicia Curtis, Dr. Jenny Brockis, and Gihan Perera. The recording is below.



We're going to be doing more of these. Stay tuned.

Be remarkable.
Ian

Monday, February 1, 2016

Meaningful business models and meetings matter

Below is today's Monday Morning Momentum video. In it I also touch on the first four videos.

To gain access to past and future videos and the resources packages that go with them you need to register here.



Be remarkable.
Ian