The Delusion of VU (From VUCA) is Over!

I came across a discussion on twitter which alluded to the fact that the world was becoming more complex. This discussion was based on the ideas of General Stanley McChrystal, author of ‘Team of Teams, New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World’.

McChrystal wrote:

“Efficiency remains important, but the ability to adapt to complexity and continual change has become an imperative.”

I remember feeling irked about this statement and the reason for this response, (apart from having man-flu at the time) is that people are acting as if VUCA (the US military term to represent volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) is a new phenomenon. That’s not correct, the world has always been subject to volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Ask poor people.

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Great Leaders are Learning to Paradigm Shift

“The biggest paradigm shifts happening right now are ironically the increasing awareness of the existence of paradigms…”

Paradigms are a worldview shared amongst a group of people so they can experience group identity
and achieve a common purpose. Our world is governed by them very much like seas influence the
life of a fish.

Examples of paradigms include the idea of countries, money, religion.

They are a set of beliefs, values and stories which enable collaboration with greater numbers of people and even with people living different locations. It is our ability to use paradigms that enabled us  to climb to the top of the species hierarchy.

One monkey left on a deserted island might survive more ably than one person might (unless he’s Bear Grylls). But if you put one hundred people on the island, then they would organise themselves more effectively than the monkeys.
But there are a few problems with paradigms….  Read More

Imposter Syndrome~Why Bad Leaders Don’t Get it & How To Get Over It!

I was recently invited by the crew at JCI Manchester to present a talk on Impostor Syndrome.

JCI is a global not-for-profit organisation run for members by members, which provides development opportunities for 18 – 40 year old professionals and leaders, to empower them to create positive change.

Whilst presenting my talk I pointed to a statistic which said that in a group of 3000 people aged 18-34, a whopping 86% experienced Impostor Syndrome in that year. As I had a room full of this age bracket, I used this as an opportunity to ask the room and sure enough, practically all the hands went up.

I thought I would follow this up with this article because as a leadership and team performance coach, I believe social anxiety problems like Impostor Syndrome are limiting talented people from making a positive impact.

Want to know more about Impostor Syndrome from a different perspective, read: Here

Leadership Coaching for The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Anticipating and planning for a world which not even the experts know will look like yet, will bring fresh challenges – probably daily – for leaders, teams and the coaches who support them.

Here is a white paper on a new model of coaching suited to Modern Day Leadership Coaching. It’s aimed at leaders and coaches wanting to leverage more potential and unlock the opportunities within the chaos of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Download here.

SOAR to Success Thinking! Make having brilliant ideas easy

Our normal day to day working life or even just life itself can leave us feeling mentally confused. When we find ourselves so caught up in the whirlwind we often cannot see the wood for the trees.
In this fast-moving mental state, our brains are very capable at using past experiences to make a decision. In these situations, we make decisions intuitively and mostly this works okay. The more successful experiences we have built up over time in a particular field, the better our decision making will be when we face similar challenges in the future. That’s why experience counts in business. 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:

RESILIENCE: “Who Cares Wins”

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I was reading a book last night by the “SAS ~ Who Dares Wins” television team on leadership. And like most people who’ve come out of conflict zones they’ve had to deal with the aftermath of emotional and physical trauma. Unfortunately the military machine isn’t adept as yet, with coping with the complexity of individual cases, but it is something they’re looking into.

As a leader it is important to care for the people you’re leading and yourself. Peak performance is subject to a cycle, there has to be an ebb and flow rhythm if you want to achieve a peak performance culture. You also need to have some tools to help both yourself and your team when you’ve been under pressure for long periods. Sure you need courage as a leader but you also need an equal balance of compassion.

From my own experience in the Special Forces and civilian life, I know READ MORE:

Developing a Mountain of RESILIENCE

stocksnap_8pz7meslnx-800x533When you’re going through some tough times you really have two challenges going on simultaneously. One is the outer world challenge you’re faced with and the other one is the battle that’s raging on the inside. You have to master your inner game if you want to overcome the challenges life throws at you.

I found this out when engaged in the selection process the Special Air Service Regiment puts potential candidates through, in order to assess their suitability. The ‘Regiment’ has some intriguing ways to test your inner game. Some are blunt instruments and some more complex. I developed a technique which helped me through the physically and mentally demanding challenges I faced. READ More:

 

 

 

 

RESILIENCE… Oxford’s word of the year for 2017?

stocksnap_0dtifdzwy8The Oxford English dictionary announced after much discussion and research, that the word of the Year for 2016 was post-truth.

It described post-truth as an adjective defined as

 ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.

The word post-truth has been around for decades, but its usage spiked recently as a result of the Brexit referendum and the US elections. These two events combined with other daily news makes us all wonder if our environment, economy and society will survive. READ More

Developing Creative Brilliance in your Team (Part 3)

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Step 3 – Direction

One of my earlier professions was as a personal trainer. It was working with clients who aspired to be fitter and healthier that inspired my quest for knowledge of the mind-body connection.

Often I would be faced with new clients who’d been struggling with their weight for some time. As such they were totally convinced that they were not the exercising type. What I learnt early on is that it is pointless arguing with a person’s weakness. If they said they were not capable of running, I would agree.  If I tried to convince them otherwise, they would only dig their heels in and prove their point through non-compliance. What I did do however, was to manoeuvre around this stand-off by developing ways to align their mind, body and purpose into triggering ‘flow’ states. READ More