Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Matt Church - How to become a million dollar expert

How to become a million dollar expert

Matt Church Ideas V1 Interview

Positioning Matrix

Monday, September 17, 2007

Start Up Modalities

Here at Thought Leaders we have a whole business system for helping people make money from their ideas. It blends actions as a Speaker, Trainer, Facilitator and a Coach, Mentor and Author.

Just recently, we had the fabulous Domonique Bertolucci discuss how to be more commercially successful as a coach. It got me thinking about the six delivery modes and which one or ones, you might activate if you are a start up Thought Leader with no business at all.

Assuming you have no income at all from your Thought Leadership, I would suggest you start with coaching.

Speaking is fabulous as your get powerful leverage from the number of people in the room. But getting the speech and the audience, requires a range of skills and some time. In the meantime, you can find one person, ask them to commit and start coaching straight away.

I believe in having many options on the go at the same time. And coaching does not preclude your other modes.

Diversify your delivery modes and stabilise your cash-flow.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Year 2020

A statistic released by the World Health Organisation, states that in the year 2020 mental health will be the single most important medical and health condition facing the developed world.

We need to start focussing on what we can do to manage this in ourselves and for those we love.

I have said in past newsletters how we need to develop Optimism, Responsibility and Gratitude in our lives if we want to face down depression.

Staying well is a physical, mental and spiritual project.

Please feel free to express your thoughts.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Take No More

I have been looking at the idea of letting people help you. I feel that there are 3 levels of personal evolution when it comes to collaboration, delegation and relying on others.

  1. Take
  2. Push
  3. Share

Take is about being dependent and taking from others, it has a needy vibe and is obviously not ideal. In take, you draw from others unconsciously.

Push is about being independent and winning from others. It has a competitive vibe and is about getting by pushing your agenda. In push, you win they lose.

Share is about being interdependent and working with others. It has a liberating vibe. It is about effortlessness, flowing and is the key to creating sustainability. In share, you flow.

For me, the move through independence and into an interdependent state is the only way to keep growth a priority if you are also trying to minimise friction and stress. If you have growing pains or an increased effort as you expand in life or business, it’s because you are still trying to do it all your self.

Let go and grow.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Who is really stopping you from taking your business to the next level?

You know, the cliché response of YOU ARE stopping your own success is more subtle than it seems.

  1. You may not want the next level of money or success because you have created a story around what that will cost you. Often this is hidden under several layers of consciousness.
  2. You may have got comfortable talking about a certain level of money. The only difference between $5,000 and $10,000 a day or a speech, is the decision to say 10 instead of 5. I know there is a little more to it than this….but not really.
  3. You have not invested the same amount in you that you expect others to invest with you. Think about what you charge per day; when was the last time you paid someone that amount for a similar exchange?

It’s easy to acknowledge that you are stopping you, but how and where is not so easy. Look for the subtle shifts, not grand gestures, as being key to growing to the next stage.

I know because I choose to be challenged by this on a daily basis.

Get out of your own way.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

The Reliance Paradox

There is a little known but easily understood paradox about growth, called the Reliance Paradox. In short we are taught from a very young age to become highly self reliant. We are encouraged to do our own work and improve as much about ourselves as possible. We are often given advice to work on our weaknesses.

When you are young and making your way in the world this independent self reliant philosophy makes sense. There comes a time in life though, and this is the paradox, where you need to start relying more heavily on others. It makes sense because we get to a point where one person alone can not achieve all that they need to.

High achievers realise this and learn how to transition from being an independent high achiever, who relies only on themselves, into someone who can engage others effectively to achieve more.

Here are three problems you might face engaging others and some tips on how to overcome them.

Problem: By the time I explain how to do it I might as well have done it myself.

  • In the short term this is true but if you spend a little more time educating your team about what is expected of them it will pay off in the long term. Get out of crisis mode and build a highly functioning team.
  • Develop an obsession with systems. Make sure that every process you use in your business is documented in a fashion that anyone can follow.

Problem: The work isn't done right, so how can I let go

  • A key difference between delegating and dumping is the ongoing quality assurance. You dump when you drop a task on another without staying in the loop. You have to micromanage new projects or new staff for a little while. Use the rule of three. When they get it right three times in a row you don’t have to check as much going forward.
  • Hold people accountable to their job descriptions and the expectations that you clearly set out for them at the start.

Problem: I don’t know what to let go of

  • In a practice based business or rapid response team environment you let go of everything but strategy. You, as the leader, always need to ensure that every activity is aligned to the big picture. Know the big picture and make sure people understand how the task fits into that.
  • Ask yourself “what work can only you do”?...then stop doing the rest.

When trying to get others to help, stay on it. Be clear and give immediate and constructive feedback. More importantly, if you don’t start to use other people’s time more effectively, you will end up stressed, burnt out and achieving less than your talents deserve.

Thinking gone wrong

How to know when you are out of line?

Just last week I had a phone call with a friend. During the call I made a few assumptions and blew some things out of proportion…..Not good. My reaction reminded me of something I was taught by a psychology professor back at university. She talked about cognitive distortions. Here are three we frequently use:

  • We Blow UP and magnify things out of all perspective.
  • We Suck UP and take everything that happens around us personally
  • We Make UP catastrophes and conversations without really checking whether they are true or not.

Recognising these as unhelpful is the first step towards getting my head straight. The second step is having some reminders about how to avoid them.

Ros Tasker, a Thought Leader and ENERGY coach who helped me put together the Personal Leadership program bought my attention to The Four Agreements by Miguel Angel Ruiz. This book provides four reminders that I like. You might also find them useful.

The four agreements

  • Be Impeccable with your word
  • Don’t take Anything Personally
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Always do your best.

So next time you Blow UP, Suck UP or Make UP you may want to remind yourself of the Four Agreements. I have a bookmark with these on it to remind myself daily.