Friday, 14 May 2021

Wise Leaders Coaching Self-Assessment

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Each Friday's podcasts are always under 10 minutes.

This is episode 108.

My colleague Simone Boer has created a great and simple tool to help folk to prepare for the Wise Leaders Symposium we're are hosting with Glenn Capelli this month. Of course it's a great tool to use anytime!

You can download this tool as a PDF here.


There's still places available in the symposium. You have three time choices:

1) Tuesday 25th May 10 AM AEST - 12. Please register here. 

2) Wednesday 26th May 3.30 - 5.30 PM. Please register here. 

3) Thursday 27th May 6.30 - 8.30 PM. Please register here. 

Become the wise leader you want to be.
Ian

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Wise Leaders Are Great Presenters

This video and blog post is the fifth in a series about the roles Wise Leaders play.

Here's the video and post on Conversationalists.

Here's the video and post on Storytellers.

Here's the video and post on coaching and mentoring.

Here's the video and post on truth-telling. 


Presenting (public and professional speaking) in its simplest form is having presenting something relevant and valuable for the audience in ways that inspire people to take action in their own best way.

As a professional speaker I gave more than 3000 presentations over 30 years. I've followed a simple formula I learned at the being - have a clear message, share a story, make a point, link the point the message, repeat.

I got better and better at doing this. Along the journey I had many mentors and came across some great methodologies. Three have stood out:

1) My first speaking coach David Griggs taught me that it was never about me, always about the audience.

David also taught me not speak while moving and to return to the same place on stage or in a room to make the point and link to the message. I became great at pausing and allowing the audience time to hear themselves. My trademark opening was inspired by David and remains the same 30 years on "What I have to share with you today is important yet nowhere near as important as what you hear yourself say to yourself, who you become and what you do next."

2) Graham Davies wrote a book called The Presentation Coach. I swear by Graham’s book.

Graham recommends Micro-Statements for live, spoken presentations. I swear by them and create one for every conversation I have.

“A Micro-Statement is a sequence of words that quickly and compellingly captures the essence of your presentation in a way that is specifically shaped for the needs of a specific audience at a particular time.”

Graham Davies

More from Graham hear.

3) Matt Church and Peter Cook in their book Think introduced me to the idea of Pink Sheets as a way to create meaningful and impactful presentations. I still use this method today.

Become the wise leader you want to be,
Ian

Monday, 10 May 2021

Walking Mentoring - Introducing Wisdom Walks

My wife and I take a daily walk, rain, hail or shine. We have done this since our first German Shepherd came into our lives 35 years ago.

Molly who is eight years old (pictured during and after a recent long walk) is our fifth of this noble and highly intelligent and loving breed.



I've also taken many walks before presentations and many before sitting down to write.

Walking is good for the heart, mind and soul. 

Inspired by Alan Moore I'm now offering 'Wisdom Walks', a form of walking mentoring, for those of you who live in my neck of the woods.

We take a walk and talk for an hour or so and then have lunch. There are a number of great walks near my home on the Bellarine Peninsula. I also walk in Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne Inner City. There's an investment required for your 'Wisdom Walk'. You decide what it will be after our lunch.

Being in nature and having human to human conversation are wonderful ways to gain wisdom.



Group/team options also available.



Call me on 0418 807 898 to schedule your 'Wisdom Walk'.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Friday, 7 May 2021

Value creation metrics in a regenerative economy

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Each Friday's podcasts are always under 10 minutes.

This is episode 107.

This is also my 2000th blog post since I began blogging in May 2007.


Do/Build/How to make and lead a business the world needs is a great little 120 page book by Alan Moore.

You can get the book yourself here.

Inside are thirteen great design questions and a manifesto around what Alan calls his philosophy of Re with Re standing for regeneration.

There’s a chart in the book (see below) that parallels the Extraction Economy and the Regenerative Economy which is a collaboration between Alan and Mads Thimmer.

Also in the book are 50 organisations Alan profiles as 'beautiful businesses' embracing the regenerative philosophy.

No 50 is a surprise waiting for you.

Much to ponder and take action on.

Another wonderful idea I will be adopting from Alan is that of a walking mentoring session. More on this at my website mentoring section and in Monday's blog post.

Value creation is integral to my work with clients particularly when in alignment with people feeling valued and living values. Being part of something regenerative I feel will take my work with you to a whole new level.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Wise Leaders Are Conversationalists

I'm continually inspired by the David Whyte insight "In leadership the conversation is not about the work, the conversation is the work. 

Wise Leaders Are Conversationalists. It's an art we all can master.

This video and blog post is the fourth in a series about the roles Wise Leaders play.

Here's the video and post on Storytellers.

Here's the video and post on coaching and mentoring.

Here's the video and post on truth-telling.

Being a Conversationalist is the willingness and ability to have candid, convivial, compassionate, conscious and compelling conversations in safe environments where people are inspired to be vulnerable and to share freely what is on their hearts and minds.

There are eight conversations that count.

Here's some insights into these eight and some bonus material on setting up conversations and how to appreciate others as well as help them to be accountable.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Monday, 3 May 2021

The fork in the road manifesto

Should you be familiar with my writings you would know that I love manifestos. The fork in the road manifesto is the latest that I have signed up to. You can sign yourself here as well as download the PDF version.

The manifesto is inspired in part by the work of Buckminster Fuller who is also one of my heroes.


Become the wise leader you want to be.
Ian

Friday, 30 April 2021

FFS (Feelings, Facts, Solutions) are a key to wise choices

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Each Friday's podcasts are always under 10 minutes.

This is episode 106.

During the various stages of the coronavirus pandemic where masks have been mandatory, my wife and I adopted a famous hashtag we say out loud when we leave the car forgetting our masks, FFS. We say the letters not the words of the hashtag!

I’ve since been inspired to create a technique for quick decisions and fast problem solving. In essence making wise choices that ensure meaning and mattering in the moment.

I have a long time habit of follow a change process and to choose wisely in each moment. FFS is just a fast version.

The immortal words of Viktor Frankl have been guiding me for a very long time. Famously he said:

 “Between stimulus and response there is a space. 


In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

My change process is normally to appreciate what it, imagine what can be, and then create small yet significant steps (quantum leaps) to move to what’s next.

There's a podcast and post about this change process and connected matters here.

This is still a good process to live by and to gain and sustain momentum. 

FFS though is perfect for quick decisions, fast problem solving, and wise choices. Here's the 3 steps again:

Try these three steps for a week. I'm certain that like me life will be simpler, happier and better.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian