“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
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
I’ve just been speaking to some friends who’re doing some changes in the way they operate their business. Well they’re not ‘just’ changes, they’re actually transforming the structure and the way they communicate with each other and their customers.
There are five stages to pass through and seven fears to overcome when making bold moves to make your world and everybody else’s, a better place to live and work. You’d think everybody would be up for the challenge, but that’s not usually the case. That’s why Tom Collins advises leaders in his book; ‘Good to Great’, that before you decide where your business bus is going, you need to:
‘get the right people on the bus, and sat in the right places’
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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
“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
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?”
“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
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:
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:
The 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
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“…the way you get the most out of every moment you have on the planet, whether that’s personal or for business, is by acquiring new skills and by becoming better at what you do” Tim Ferris
Working towards business freedom
A great question Tim Ferris asks himself is:
“What can I put in place so that I can go completely off the grid for 4 to 8 weeks?”
A lot of the entrepreneurs I’ve spoken with have experienced work exhaustion. It’s easy for them to fall into the trap of being the hero who solves most of the problems that arise in the business themselves. As such, the longest holiday an entrepreneur would consider going on is about two weeks because that’s just enough time for them to go away and get back in time to put all the fires out. Plus, with today’s technology, there isn’t really anywhere in the world that people can’t still work from.
This is the classic entrepreneurial myth that business consultant Michael Gerber talks about in his book, “The E-Myth Revisited”. Entrepreneurs start businesses so they can enjoy more time, money and freedom. But entrepreneurs usually experience the opposite and have less of all three.
To enjoy a 4-8 week holiday “off-grid” a leader has to put in place systems. But not only that. They’ve also got to empower the team with some tools that allows the organisation to not only survive the entrepreneurs individuating from the business psychologically, but thriving. READ More