How to minimise biased thinking when briefing your teams

“Humans never communicate as effectively as they think they do” Christine Comaford

So, I am working with this group of team leaders and I notice that they are greatly biased towards a certain style of behaviour and communication. They’re very collaborative and inclusive when they are briefing their teams for a task to be carried out. The problem is that they continue to collaborate and communicate until they leave themselves little time for achieving their task.
This is because the group of leaders have grown up in a certain type of culture. Their culture drives their way of thinking and behaving. Just as an individual has a personality, an organisation or country can have its own culture. There is much to be said for being aware of such biases and overcoming them because neuroscience is finding that to have a diverse and inclusive culture creates better performance. But it’s one thing to be aware of them, that alone will not stop biased thinking and behaving. What we need is a process to overcome this when briefing teams. READ MORE

Creating ELITE teams for Business Success

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford

No matter how talented, passionate, and determined to succeed you are in your chosen business, your level of success will be determined by your ability to inspire and lead a team. The game of business or any endeavour is both simple and complex. The simple bit is to have a great idea which you turn into a set of business goals. You then have to attract support for your idea be that in the way of clients, a talented crew and if you’re lucky, a crowd. If you find yourself being one of the lucky ones, albeit combined with hard work and perseverance, whose idea takes off, it is then just a case of measuring and adjusting your way to success.

Of course, that’s not what usually happens. At some point, you’ll want to scale your business and this means adding more people to the equation which adds complexity. As the team become bigger, tasks become harder to complete for several reasons. One being that the channels of communication grow dramatically. Another phenomenon that arises the by-stander effect. The more people you add to a group, the more people will assume others will pick up the slack. Levels of management are brought into police everybody. This all comes down to the myth that people can’t manage themselves but they can if given the right conditions. READ MORE:

10 Behaviours Seen in Crap Bosses!

I was giving a talk the other day to a group of entrepreneurs and business leaders and I jokingly mentioned I was writing a book entitled:

‘Stop being a Crap Boss and Be an Inspirational Leader!’

It raised quite a chuckle around the audience, but then it stimulated some lively debate around ‘crap bosses’. I was asked all sorts of questions such as

“Can you change a crap boss and make them better?”

or

“How do you tell a crap boss they’re crap and still hold onto your job?”

What it brought home to me is the fact that there are many of us who’ve suffered at the hands of crap bosses. Perhaps it should be a problem that is recognised more.

So as a little exercise I thought I’d list ten things that crap bosses do from my own experience and those behaviours coaching clients have related to me.

Please feel free to add your own in the comments below! READ More

Are you a key player in your Industry?

There are certain people in every industry that seem to attract more opportunities and wealth. It’s such a major phenomenon that branding expert Daniel Priestley wrote a book about becoming such a person, who he refers to as being a ‘key person of influence’. Daniel’s business now operates globally, using the same principles, so it obviously worked for him and his partners.

It’s a great book and I often point clients towards it as a reference for strategies, because being regarded as a key player or an influential person is beneficial for the success and growth of your business.

So which strategies are the best? READ MORE

Attracting Top Talent with ELITE Magnetism

 

A challenge a lot of business leaders and entrepreneurs I work with face, is the ability to attract the calibre of people required for both peak performance and the successful growth of their business. In order to attract top talent, leaders must develop a culture which utilises what I define as: ELITE Magnetism. Read More:

Learn the 3 R’s of RESILIENCE

stocksnap_7ph22tt1mx-800x533I’m sitting here at five AM, reflecting on my family’s recent journey as my partner and son sleep fitfully upstairs. After a month of planning and preparation we packed all our belongings into a trailer along with our yellow Labrador and set off for a new destination abroad. We had a dream just like Martin Luther King did. ‘Who dares wins’ they told me in the Special Air Service and we did. We dared and we worked and we failed. After six months of work and discomfort, just as we were about to launch our new project, the partners pulled the metaphorical carpet from beneath us, and pulled out.

So here I am sat in the darkness, feeling the huge responsibility of protecting my family. We’re homeless, we’re dreamless and considerably poorer as a result of this adventure. I still have hope though. READ More

Make Better Decisions with Universal Intelligence

meetingSo imagine these scenarios. A group of Bankers are sat in an office and they are wondering how to extract more money from the public so they can all claim bigger bonuses. So they come up with what they believe is an ingenious solution. They wrap up some dodgy debts into some triple ‘A’ packaging. The rest is history, the effects of which are still reverberating around the world today.

Let’s take another meeting. A group of corporate leaders thinly disguised as politicians say to themselves:

“Let’s start a war in the Middle East, using a recent terrorist attack to unite public opinion, because we’re bound to win quickly and we’ll get all the contracts to rebuild the place and make gazillions.”

We all know how that’s still playing out. READ More:…

Overcoming the Leader Wall

 

leader wallWatching the Olympics, I’m reminded of the fact I should go out and do more exercise.  At the moment I resemble the couch potato character ‘Denis’ played by Simon Pegg, in the movie ‘Run Fatboy Run’. In the movie Denis attempts to prove to the girl he jilted at the alter, that he can transform into somebody worthy of her attention again, by running in the London marathon.

There is a great scene in which, after many exhausting miles shuffling along the dark streets of London, Denis suddenly hits a brick wall. In his delirious state Denis can’t quite understand what the wall is. The wall symbolises the marathon runner’s wall or ‘the bonk’. It’s a stage when the glycogen stores in the liver and muscles are depleted and the runner literally runs out of energy.  To continue the runner must rely on other types of physical and mental processes to continue because the mind and body unanimously want to quit.

I think this is a great metaphor for entrepreneurs who get to a certain stage in their business life cycle….. READ More