Decompression Zone

Has 2020 been tough, manageable or has it presented new opportunity and growth? Are you processing the year that is passing and orientating towards the one ahead? Or is it a case of holding on in this lockdown state until we know more, so that we can do more? When will we convene with ourContinue reading “Decompression Zone”

Above the line

Are you operating above or below the line? Motivations drive our behaviour and our thinking. They impact our relationships and our results. So it makes sense for us to take a step back and ask, what is driving us? How does that impact our behaviour? What results are we getting? What is behind those interactionsContinue reading “Above the line”

In search of perfection #betterleaders #betterworld

In his book “Lift as you rise”, Bonang Mohale describes leadership as ‘creating movement and influence’. This definition is resonant with Conscious Leadership, one of four tenets of a conscious business design, which, contrary to popular belief, is proven to deliver vastly superior financial returns (see the Firms of Endearment Studies). The other tenets ofContinue reading “In search of perfection #betterleaders #betterworld”

On the heels of social capital

Some groups are more than the sum of their parts. They go beyond ‘performing’, beyond achieving financial targets, beyond balancing stakeholder needs. Despite our best efforts to create perfect teams, a large number remain best on paper, an elite collection of IQs, track records, qualifications, agreeableness and inspiration, mostly as individuals. Others amalgamate to deliverContinue reading “On the heels of social capital”

Leaders: manage your stress footprint for those around you

‘Balance is becoming increasingly rare and perceivably impossible to achieve in today’s world. Despite technology making our lives easier, we appear to have far less time.’ – Richard Sutton The highly energetic biological state of stress is an adaptation that has served us well. It has provided humans with possibilities to flourish through shifting andContinue reading “Leaders: manage your stress footprint for those around you”

On habits (and leadership)

Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits. What you repeatedly do (i.e. what you spend time thinking about and doing each day) ultimately forms the person you are, the things you believe, and the personality that you portray. – James Clear, Atomic Habits. A significant chunk of our waking time is spentContinue reading “On habits (and leadership)”

Thoughts on creativity, innovation & purpose

We can be prosumers or makers – we do not have to be just consumers of what others make. In this way we can shape our own worlds. Creativity starts with the individual, and growth mindsets are key enablers for the future. We must provoke, unwrap and explore the way we understand the world, andContinue reading “Thoughts on creativity, innovation & purpose”

Unleashing the big C

I recently took part in a Connectle on Innovation Mindsets. The panel of speakers was impressive and inspiring. Take Ira Munn from Ierospace. Ira is changing the world, one Drop at a time. Later this year he will launch The Drop, a 3D-printed, energy-efficient, electric vehicle kit made from up-cycled local plastic, like the plasticContinue reading “Unleashing the big C”

Top picks 2017: Adam Grant, John Sanei, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Naval Ravikant

These are my top picks for 2017. They all point to a recognition, an awareness that is bubbling and rising. As individuals and organisations, we’re coming to know that we have influence, but that the influence we have can be shaped, developed and directed in more profound ways. The works I have highlighted below askContinue reading “Top picks 2017: Adam Grant, John Sanei, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Naval Ravikant”

Are you in good shape? #futureskills #futurethinking

Embracing and leveraging a future that looks little like today is held somewhere in the way you think. Vast and constant change presents a steady flow of new opportunity.
Why don’t you to try to shape a future that changes the game?

All change please

It is the human interface with new technologies that will mostly likely drive the best personal and business value propositions into the future. Yet both companies and individuals can miss the people behind the tools and the mindset of change for adoption of new tools. I sometimes wonder if one of the barriers to digitalContinue reading “All change please”

A value proposition for the future

What’s your value proposition for the future? I have a few questions to reflect on. Here’s the context.  More than a few individuals and businesses are ‘doing’ social media, seemingly because everyone else is doing it.  There is a mix of urge, rush, relish and reticence to be present, present on platforms that are fast-growingContinue reading “A value proposition for the future”

The Social Leader

In Why Being Social Makes You a Better Leader, Geil Browning talks about a new era of leadership where relationships and social connectivity matter more than ever before for powerful leadership. Agree? She says a social, relational approach is going to take you places, and that’s characterised by: intuitive thinking care for how decisions affect people orientationContinue reading “The Social Leader”