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    Wednesday
    Dec142016

    FOUR THINGS TO DO MORE OF IN 2017 (& SOME COOL LINKS)

     

    Read / Listen - Audio book sales are growing at 40% per year. They are a great way to learn and grow productively. Get a free 30 day trial of Audible here. It's an app that you listen to audio books on.

    BONUS TIP: Essentialism by Greg McKeown is the best book I've listened to in the last five years.

    Sleep - there is strong evidence that we perform better when we are well rested. If you want to be at your best you must get enough sleep. Here is a great TED talk by Russell Foster on the importance of sleep.

    Laugh - 'living lightly,' as Marty Wilson puts it, helps us build resilience and boost our mental health, Marty is a friend of mine, professional speaker and ex Australian Comic of the Year. In this TEDX talk he shares the wisdom he has gained from interviewing over 1,00 high achievers.

    Meditate - I am amazed at the difference meditating for just 10 minutes each day makes to how productive I am. Calming the 'monkey mind' makes everything better. Calm is a great free app that guides your meditation practice. Check it out.

    What good habits are you going to make in 2017?

    Tuesday
    Nov292016

    HERE'S HOW MUCH TIME I SPEND PLANNING

     

    Many don't believe me when I tell them that we should spend 20% of our time planning. "Sounds ridiculously high", is what they tell me.

    Well, just think of how productive 48 minutes in an hour would be if you spent the first 12 minutes doing nothing but planning?

    If you were working on a three month project (which was actually 60 working days), imagine how awesome it would be could if you spent the equivalent of 12 days mapping it out, reviewing progress, and improving!

    One departure from this theory is that you don't have to spend 20% of your year. In fact, I reckon if you spent a day this side or the silly season (or early in the new year) getting your big picture right, you would be setting yourself up for an outstanding 2017.


    It has the planning secrets of some on the world’s most prominent thought leaders and entrepreneurs. People like Tony Robins, John Maxwell and many more. I have been using the methodology developed by leadership expert, Michael Hyatt for many years with great success. He has gathered the thoughts of some of the world’s best. Why not learn from the gurus? 

    It really is an incredibly valuable resource, and it's free!

    Wednesday
    Nov162016

    WHY DONALD TRUMP HAS DONE MY HEAD IN

    "So, Greg - Mr Leadership Guy, what can we all learn from the next LEADER of the free world?"

    I have been dreading writing this blog. I almost wimped out. I am sweating and uncomfortable as I sit writing it. I don't have any clear thoughts or lessons or objectives for this blog. I am confused, unsure, nervous. But how could I not try to make sense of something this monumental?

    Leaders are supposed to tell the truth, but ...?

    Leaders are supposed to lift others up, but ...?

    Leaders are supposed to give us hope, but ...?

    Leaders are supposed to build confidence, but ...?

    Leaders are supposed to be accountable, but ...?

    Leaders don't just do whatever it takes to win, but ...?

    I am clueless to explain what happened, why it happened or what will happen next.

    What I do know for sure is that there is a greater need than ever before for us to strive to do the right thing, and the honest thing. To care for our people. To lift them up. To bring people together.

    While the US Presidential election was all about the numbers, I am reminded of this quote by Mother Teresa.

    "Never worry about the numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you."

    Don't worry about the free world. Worry about what you can do for those just outside your door.

     

    Monday
    Nov072016

    YOU SIMPLY CAN'T INNOVATE WITHOUT THIS ...

     

    The Latin word for new is nova, you know, as in innovation. So, to innovate means to do something new. Doing something new means stopping doing the old. Stopping doing something means changing. Change is one of the most challenging concepts that organisations face. Effective change only comes about when leaders drive it. 

    You simply can't innovate without LEADERSHIP.

    Earlier this year the results of the largest study into Australian leadership (Study of Australian Leadership) were released. One of the key findings was that more capable leaders are more innovative. It also said that innovation is a critical source of productivity growth and competitiveness.

    It's simple - if you want to become more productive and competitive, you must have your leaders driving change that leads to increased value for your customers.

    Here are some practical tips for leaders to drive innovation

    • Start asking questions like 'Why are we doing it this way'
    • Start listening - to your people, ask them for ideas
    • Start experimenting - pilot new ideas and learn what happens
    • Learn from best practice - who are the leaders in your area?
    • Give people permission to fail - not everything will work

    Let us know if we can help your leaders drive change and embrace innovation.

    Monday
    Oct242016

    LEAD BETTER BY DELEGATING

    A recent survey of leaders that I am working with revealed two important facts. 1. They are time poor. 2. They have trouble letting go. Trying to do everything, in turn, leaves them with less time and they end up feeling even more frustrated and inadequate as leaders.

    Effective delegation is, almost universally in my experience, a key to helping leaders to become more effective. Here are the most common reasons why people don’t delegate. How many are you guilty of?

    • By the time I show them how to do it, I could have done it myself. This is short term thinking. Showing someone how to do something, then supporting them while they master it may indeed take time, but in the long term there will be significant return on that investment of time.
    • They won’t do it as well as me. Perfection is the enemy of production. Often a job doesn’t need to be perfect, but we labour over it and waste time.
    • They won’t do it the same as me. This borders on arrogance! Who cares as long as it gets done?

    Effective delegation can be achieved by using the following method – CREST.

    CONTEXT: Here’s why this task is important (some background).
    RESULT: Here is the specific outcome required.
    ENQUIRY: Here’s all the information you need in order for the task to be completed.
    SUPPORT: Here’s how I’ll help and support you to do the task.
    TIMEFRAME: Here is when the task needs to be completed by.

    BONUS TIP: Make a list of everything that you, as the leader, currently do. Now, put a tick next to the tasks that only you (no one else in the organisation) can do. Put a cross next to your current tasks that someone else could do. Start to delegate these tasks.