Monday, 16 July 2018

Micro-statements, spikes and other great advice about public/professional speaking from Graham Davies

I've been hard at work in the past few weeks upgrading some material for my presentations and also developing some completely new material.

My trusty guide has been this book. Please read my previous recommendations about this wonderful resource here and here.

Since I first read this in 2011 I have kept it close by and have dipped into it frequently. This time I did a serious deep dive.

Graham's concept of micro-statements is a game-changer in presentation preparation. I've development several new ones recently and have road tested two of them very successfully in the past week.

Graham says "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."

Other concepts I love about Graham's work are knowing our audience's starting and finishing position and spiking beginnings and endings.

Graham says "The audience will be persuaded to adopt the point of view in your desired finishing position because of the information and concepts contained in your micro-statement."

On spikes Graham says that they "must be sharp enough to turn them without pissing them off ... Spikes cut through to what the audience really needs to hear ... Effective spikes are the hard edges that cut through the fluff between you and the audience."

I segment most of my presentation into 20 minute pieces. Graham's 'Bare Knuckle' structure is perfect for this and for any time you need to prepare a speech whether you have 5 minutes, 5 weeks or 5 months.

Most leaders I meet can be better speakers.

There's also many good speakers who could be remarkable.

Whichever camp you're in I highly recommend Graham's book. Find out more about the book and Graham's work.

Be remarkable.

Monday, 9 July 2018

The New Management

I agree with the words below from Steve Denning in his article for Forbes 'Why Today's Business Schools Teach Yesterday's Expertise’. Read his full article.

“The new management isn’t simply a new training course, or a process, or a methodology or an organizational structure that can be written down in an organizational manual and simply added to the ongoing agenda. It’s a different mindset with counterintuitive ideas that fly in the face of the assumptions of a "good" 20th century manager or the typical business school case.

Managers can't tell people what to do;

Control is enhanced by letting go of control;
Talent drives strategy.
Dealing with big issues requires small teams, small tasks, small everything;
Complex systems are inherently problematic, and must be descaled;
Companies make more money by not focusing on money,”

How does this new management happen?

In my view it happens best by seeing and adopting leadership and management as different yet in harmony with one another particularly when they are underpinned by culture.

Below is my foundational model for teaching my clients to apply the above in their own best way:

This is my blog post of 25th August 2014 where I explore what I believe is new management further. Management today for me is all about processes, policies, procedures, practices and systems.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.

Friday, 6 July 2018

The essential ingredients for creating a vibrant culture in your business

I like this in depth article by Tom Kayser and the template he uses that's pictured below.

I suggest reimagining and reinventing one area at a time in your business in collaboration with your employees and other stakeholders.

While completing the above consider and answer the following question Does this reinvention mean it's simple for people to bring the best version of themselves to their work?

If your answer is no you still have reinvention work to do.

Be remarkable.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Pursue daily being better and wiser

I'm currently presenting and hosting a series of master-classes as I complete the writing of this final book in a trilogy.

Learn more about the master-classes held in Ballarat on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Each master-class is standalone and is on one of the 12 fundamentals of law of the farm leadership aka fully human leadership.

The 12 are pictured at the bottom of this post along with a link to the pulse check where you can assess where you're at and where you can move to in each of the 12 as well as the 5 foundations and 5 faces.

This post is the 'Pursue daily being better and wiser' chapter of the book.

In a nutshell

I'm very grateful to my friend, colleague and mentor Glenn Capelli who was the special guest presenter at the master-class on this topic. Glenn's inspiration wisdom, work and wit has greatly influenced this chapter. Here's Glenn's handout from the master-class.

Fertile Ground - Embrace 'essentialism', Ploughing - Choose one-thing, Seeding - Stretch your mind, Nurturing - Create and Take, Harvest - Integrate.

I engaged Nick Haines and Matthew Newnham from Five Institute as my mentors for about a year in 2015/16.

'Essentialism' was a book they recommended.

I have since integrated the central philosophy of "less but better" into my whole life (it's a work in progress!) You can learn more about this concept here.

Working with Nick and Matthew also highlighted the fact that I was offering too much at once to my clients and particularly prospective clients. They suggested a "less but better" way was only offering one-thing at a time. This fitted perfectly with my use of the science of quantum leaps (see below).

Fascinatingly I was blinded to this in my work offerings and so this became a very large FBO (flash of the bloody obvious).

The above work help to quiet my mind and as well as stretch it. I also began to revisit some of Glenn Capelli thinking insights.

All of the above has been instrumental too in helping me to integrate change in my own life as well as help my clients to integrate their learnings through working with me with what is already working well for them.

3 recommended actions

1) Choose one of the 'Essentialist' ways of being every month and integrate each into your life and work.
2) Do some activity every day that will stretch your mind.

3) Fully embrace quantum leaps in all your becoming and all your doing.

The great thing about living your life as a series of quantum leaps is that when you have missteps, make mistakes and encounter mayhem, you can move on armed with new learning literally in the next moment.

Recommended Deep work

1) Contact Glenn Capelli and get your personal copy of his book 'Thinking Caps' and work your way through each section.

In the context of pursuing daily being better and wiser I recommend the concepts of kaizen and widezen, pages 81 - 89, as a great place to start.

2) Make it your personal mission to keep your mind agile. And nurture taking an agile mindset into everything you do in your life.

This How Leaders Can Improve Their Thinking Agility article by Jesse Sostrin for Strategy + Business may help. I personally like the model used (see below).

Source: Herrmann International, PwC research
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3) Create a process where you will always integrate new learning with what you're already doing that is working well for you.

As always should you like some help with any of the above then please get in touch with me.

Be remarkable.

I encourage you to share your progress as you do your work at a first Monday of the month Accountability Accelerator.

Below are the other fundamentals.