Friday, 25 May 2018

What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like?

The question proposed as the headline above is well answered in the TED talk below.
I also love Kate's doughnut of social and planetary boundaries (see picture at the end of this post).


I admit that all the talk about growth by politicians and some business leaders has taken me to boredom.

I stopped trying to grow my business a long ago. My continuous quest is to provide value to my clients that they can't get anywhere else, and as a consequence continue to live the lifestyle I have chosen.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.
Ian

PS Great points in the talk about the useless measurement of GDP and our addictions to growth and consumption of stuff. And my favourite word perhaps "regeneration."

PSS I don't believe it's all about the economy. I believe we need to return to focusing on the economy being part of society and never return to where we are now where society is part of the economy.

Screen shot from Kate's talk that captures what the future can look like:

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

What social problems are business opportunities you've overlooked?

I read this book recently.

Here's my Amazon review.

A key point is the number of social problems that are not being seen as business opportunities.

In the spirit of purpose-driven or conscious business, which I think one day will be the majority of businesses, take a look at the UN's sustainable development goals and see where they lead you.

You're probably missing out on a vast number of ways that you could improve your business by addressing a social problem/challenge.

And you'd be leaving a greater legacy too!

Leaving the world better that we found it is one of the key drivers for purpose-driven leaders.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.
Ian


Monday, 21 May 2018

Are you profit, platform/product/service or people driven?

I love this 1 hour presentation by Gary Vaynerchuk.



Gary wonderfully captures for me the key to success in business - how we see and treat human beings.

I call it fully human leadership (self, performance and change).

Gary beautifully puts marketing into context.

And I love his last line (accepting that I am taking it out of context!)

Take all the money your spending on dumb shit and put it into humans.
Gary Vaynerchuk

Be remarkable.
Ian

Friday, 18 May 2018

The ever-increasing value of third places

90% of my meetings with clients are in third places chosen by my them, usually cafes, restaurants, libraries or community hubs. We often connect with other people of like heart and mind while we're meeting which is good for both of us.

This week build more of a home wherever you belong.

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
Robert Frost

Be remarkable.
Ian

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Designing work to be meaningful to you and highly valuable to others

Below is my process

Below are the performance leadership essentials

If you'd like some help with any of the above please contact me on +61 418 807 898.

Be remarkable.
Ian

Monday, 14 May 2018

Delight awaits us when we ditch dogma

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate for the story present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our situation is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves if we are to save our country.
--- Abraham Lincoln, December 1862

Dogma is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
--- Steve Jobs

Remarkable people have ditched dogma and instead lead by example.

When I Google the meaning of dogma I get
“a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true.”

Dogma is trouble wherever you find it. It's where what someone in authority says is more important than the original sound principle on which the dogma is based.

We see this in religion of course where a good principle articulated by Buddha as below for example is overruled by dogma (and therefore behaviour) making a lie of the good principle.

“All spirituality is about relieving suffering.” Buddha

Dogma being what we follow and how we behave, rather than living by the good principle on which the dogma is based in our own best way, is true in most places including your workplace.

Steve Jobs got it right I reckon:


The great spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi articulated what I think is a principle highly relevant in all of life. He said

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

One of the key questions I ask my clients is "How can you better be the change you want to see in your workplace?" Honest answers lead to ditching dogma and leading by example.

Delight awaits us when we ditch dogma.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.
Ian

Friday, 11 May 2018

“It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do about it”

I am a big fan of W Mitchell the originator of today's headline and pictured.


If you ever have the chance to hear Mitchell speak, don’t miss it! Of all the 1000's of speeches I have heard I remember his the most.

Whatever happens to you this week, don’t react. Instead respond in a way that will likely lead you to the future you want.

“It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do about it”

The moment something happens it’s the past. We can’t change the past. We can respond in the present in ways that determine a better future.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.
Ian