Monday, 14 October 2019

Technology for the common good not just making a few people rich (Doug Rushkoff)

Wonderful 34 minute talk from Doug Rushkoff about how technology should and can be for the common good, not just making a few people rich.

My key takeaways

"Mass production disconnects the worker from the value they create.
Mass marketing disconnects the producer from the consumer.
Mass media disconnects the consumers from one another."

"Using technology to do something to people rather than providing technology for people to do things."

"Optimise an economy not for growth but for flow. Not for the extraction of value and its storage in share prices, but for the velocity of money, the velocity of transactions."

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.

Friday, 11 October 2019

21st century leadership and management (post and podcast)

Listen directly to the podcast version of this post here.

Much has changed since I entered the workforce 48 years ago.

When I began bosses were seen as God’s. They were revered or hated.

My first boss loved to say “It’s my way or the highway.” I eventually chose the highway.

Today 7 out of 10 people some research suggests don’t leave their employment, they leave their bosses.

When I first became a manager myself I was fortunate that my boss was a people as well as process person.

We arrived in the small town together. He knew the town and the people. I didn’t.

His advice to me was to go and meet everyone in the main three streets and find out how I could help them and then within company policy help them achieve what they say.

Regarding my two staff members he advised me to see their best and to focus on inspiring them to bring that best to their work.

I didn’t really know any better and his advice made sense so I followed it. I was very successful and within a year was promoted to managing a larger office.

It was there that I first began to really understand that leadership and management are two sides of the same coin and that leading is about people and management is about process.

Fast forward to now where I’m closing in on 30 years of being a mentor to leaders. Over this time I have been privileged to work with more than 1000 leaders, women and men in over 40 countries and across a myriad of diverse industries.

My conclusions are that my enlightened boss was right on the money with his advice to me as a brand new manager.

Is success in the future about leadership or management? is a question I am often asked.  My answer is that success is always about both leadership and management, never one or the other.  Therefore it is essential to understand,  appreciate and value the difference between them.

This is where there is often trouble.  For many management is still seen as controlling people and dictating what they feel, think and do and don’t feel, think and do.  This is a nasty hangover from the industrial revolution where it was assumed we could treat people like machines.  The headache this hangover has been allowed to cause is a massive barrier to progress in the 21st century in almost every aspect of our lives.  It is a fundamental reason for non-achievement of what is possible or just plain mediocrity in business, politics, education, family, religion, you name it.

My definitions of leadership and management are therefore sharper than ever.

I define leadership as the art of inspiring people to see and bring the best out in themselves and other people. I define management as the practice of making it simple for people to bring out their best.

For some management is still about command and control. This is fine in emergency situations otherwise it has reached dinosaur status. Don’t be a dinosaur.

Modern management is about ensuring processes mean it is simple for people to bring their best to their work. Processes include policies, procedures, practices, philosophies, principles, structures and systems.

Modern management needs modern leadership and vice-versa.

I suggest a primary action is upgrading all of your processes, policies, procedures, practices, philosophies, principles, structures and systems over time with your people because you will increase their ownership of and commitment to them. 

Then focus on leading. Just make sure that one of your processes is checking that all the other interconnected processes are working as intended. In today’s language we call this risk management.

This work is that of the Systemizer, one of 5 roles that are essential to master in order to see and bring out the best in people including yourself. Here is the performance possibility pulse check that enables you to see how you’re going in each role and where you can shift to.

Do Your Work.

Be remarkable.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Tough-minded, tender-hearted and Temperament

The best, authentic leaders have created harmony for them between being tough-minded and tender-hearted. This harmony is how people describe their temperament.

This behaviour is in stark contrast with many political, religious and business leaders worldwide at the moment. Disharmony characterises many of these people. Trump, Johnson, Morrison come to mind. They're in disharmony with themselves and us.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.

Monday, 7 October 2019

28 proven exercises to access your full capabilities from Ryan Holiday

I've contemplated and acted on this wonderful guest post by Ryan Holiday on the Tim Ferris blog.

And I've ordered the book!

My favourites from the blog post are:
Realise you have plenty.
Develop your values - memorialise them.
Be present.
Detach From Outcomes.
Take walks.
Cultivate relationships.
Do Good.

Your favourites?

Be remarkable.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Unplugging for best health and well-being (post and podcast)

Listen directly to the podcast version of this post here.

A year ago I took a month off from all forms of media, social and mainstream.

I learned many things including the immense value that comes from having a couple of hours extra per day to be a better human, and to better experience nature and other humans.

I learned that conversations in person and online are so much better when there isn’t a smart phone distracting or disrupting us.

I learned life is so much better with less negativity, self-interest and bias, and the bullshit (fake news, lies and propaganda) of all forms of the media.

Overall I became much more relaxed.

Since then I’ve integrated being unplugged from technology as a part of my daily life. I feel a better human.

Living a life without the constant noise of technology in the background means that my life is more peaceful and in harmony and flow.

In person with family, friends, colleagues and clients is the place to be for me. Online still has a place in my future particularly in increasing the value of my relationships with my community through technology like Zoom as well as conducting a lot of my mentoring with clients also using Zoom.

The big difference is that I’m much more deliberate in scheduling my time online. I've lost interest in algorithms and their undue influence.

Just sitting and thinking and often just sitting are more of my practice now too. I’m less distracted by technology and more distracted by life in a non shallow way.

I’ve become more valuable to the people who matter in my life.

Is being unplugged from technology a key part of your daily routines and rituals?

The great paradox of all this for me is that I am being more productive than I’ve ever been!

When was the last time you switched off from all forms of technology?

Being unplugged from technology daily is a part of the work of the Simplifier, one of 5 essential roles for seeing and bringing the best out in people, including yourself.

Simplifiers are masters at achieving results through quantum leaps, i.e. small significant shifts, and aggregating marginal gains.

Here's a pulse check for you to complete to see how you’re going in each of the 5 roles.

These are three great books that have helped me to integrate being unplugged for a part of each day. I highly recommend getting these books yourself Essentialism, Deep Work and Digital Minimalism.

The essence of being a essentialist is the concept of “less but better”.

One way that I have embraced “less but better” is to have my daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly rituals documented on one page.

Here's my one page rituals document.

I highly recommend developing your own rituals on one page as a key to being unplugged for your best health and well-being as well as living your most productive life.

Do Your Work.

Be remarkable.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

M.I.C.E could be the reason we lack grown up politics

My wife and I are really enjoying the series about Danish politics on SBS called 'Borgen'.

We're into season 3 and a comment by a spy in one episode got me thinking. He said there are many reasons why people betray their country Money, Ideology, Crime and Ego.

Could explain a lot as to why we lack #grownuppolitics in our world right now. Your thoughts?

Good news though. Trump, Johnson and Morrison are doing their best to free us from them through their own extraordinarily dumb rhetoric.

The photo below says it all for me. Source unknown.

Be remarkable.