Monday, 20 April 2015

What 3 words are driving you?

As may you know I have a dim view when company values are named on walls (or in documents etc) when they're not lived in the halls. If you have not seen my short video on this you can watch it here.

Words lived though are very powerful.

I am a proud partner of B1G1. Recently an email from Chairman Paul Dunn, who is a member of my Maverick Thinkers Studio, opened with these words:

This is the picture that dominates our office wall.


Paul then said:
They’re the values at the core of B1G1. They’re what drives us.

I got goose bumps because I know all the folk at B1G1 live their words.

This also got me thinking about my own three words and an experiment I have been undertaking this year based on an idea from Chris Brogan who has been coming up with 3 words each year to frame his intentions and goals with great success since 2006. Read more from Chris about this here.

My three words for this year are:


The word simplification was a no brainer for me because it is what I am helping my clients to do every day. I know that simplifying leadership/management enables profound human connection and performance.

Here's some of my latest thoughts on simplification.




and a podcast I recorded with The Ideas Architect Geoff McDonald

We discuss:
Why Simplification is the Next Big Thing
Why management is dead and it should never have been alive
The importance of storytelling for Leadership and Performance
Why Management is the arch-enemy of Innovation
The greatest problem in the world today and how it shapes corporate culture
Why the typical approach to having people be Accountable is flawed
What the Positive Psychology Movement means for organisations
Why organisations need more gardeners and fewer mechanics
Why your role is more important than your job
The crucial power of relationships for delivering value
Why Engagement levels have not improved over the past 25 years
The key insight from Neuroscience
Why Society drives the Economy and not the other way around
The illusion of control and management
Why we need to change the conversation to create change
A simple practice you can use today to improve your results
The necessity of a vision and a shared view of reality
The paradox of being simple when dealing with complex human beings

I began this year with just the word Simplification on my wall. I couldn't settle on the other two until this happened:

Towards the end of a 3 hour public workshop recently a person I've not worked with before made this comment:

"Can you come and embed yourself in my business for a year and help me to implement the 101 ideas I've had today?"

"Wouldn't that be fantastic" I said without thinking.

I then got thinking. I decided to shift my intentions and goals and embed myself more with clients over longer periods of time. My intention to leave a greater legacy.

I then got thinking about if I am going to work with less clients more often what happens to others who could benefit from my work. The result is the development of a Leadership Momentum online learning program which simplifies yet makes my offerings in Maverick Thinkers Studio more profound. 

There's now 3 ways to take up my online offerings and 2 of these including mentoring. Please check out my offerings here.

To discuss these offerings with me please feel very welcome to call me on +61 418 807 898. You'll be under no obligation.

What 3 words drive you?

How are you living them every day?

Be remarkable.
Ian

PS I have mixed feelings about the approaching 100 year ANZAC anniversary. On the one hand I despair at the futility of war. On the other I am grateful for the sacrifice made my millions of people who gave their lives for a cause greater than themselves.

On the 25th I won't be celebrating the anniversary. I will be celebrating the legacy of my Grandfather who fought in both world wars and was one of the lucky ones to survive. He would never talk about his service saying only that the memories of the suffering of his mates was too terrible to speak of and that we should be grateful. I am.

PSS Your invitation to join me in an important conversation

It’s very appropriately called a ‘Conversation that Matters’.

It’s a conversation that might just change the way you think about your working life. Things like:

1.     What gets you out of bed in the morning?

2.     Why do you do what you do?

3.     What really matters to you in your work life?

These are questions that I’ve pondered over the years.  

It took me a while to work out my answers, and I’m going to be sharing these online in a discussion with my good friend and Business Mentor Paul Dunn who I referred to at the beginning of this email.

You might just be surprised where the conversation goes.

It would be great if you could join us. 'A Conversation that Matters' is LIVE on the web on 30/4/2015 12:15 PM AEST. 

It's going to be 35 minutes of great business ideas -- ideas that really do make an impact. Actually, the more I think about it, they’re really ideas that transform the way we think about business.

If this sounds like something you might connect with, I'd be really thrilled if you could join us. 

And since it's a web-based event, you can do that right at your desk for maximum convenience for you. Actually, you can do it on your smart phone or tablet too.


Just go here to register for this complimentary event.  
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