Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Keynote versus Workshop & other variations

As Thought Leaders, we love to deliver ideas in any format. I believe that the ability to share your ideas should not be limited by how you deliver it.

There are three broad personal communication modes.

  1. Tell
  2. Show
  3. Ask

Knowing which part of your ideas to share, in which mode, is critical to excellent Thought Leadership.

Tell me a story

When keynote speaking, be sure to focus on CONTENT.

For example: Stories that inspire, tell the relevance of your ideas, unpack a 3-step process, share facts and statistics.

Show me an idea

When training or running a workshop be sure to focus on the CONCEPT.

For example: Draw a model, make a point, present a case study of how the idea has worked already for someone else.

Ask me a question

When coaching people, be sure to focus on CONTEXT.

For example: Ask questions that elicit content, then draw a model.

Doing this, ensures you can use your great ideas again and again - in many different formats.

Monday, October 22, 2007

At the end of the day

At the end of the day, all you have is yourself, and all you need is your friends.

Happy people are surrounded at the end of the day with people who love them. Sad people die alone. Put simply: we need our friends and networks.

Start working on what it takes to be in collaboration, partnership, joint venture and team with others. Then step out, as if all you have is you and that, that is enough.

Sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? This though, is the magic of relationships; healthy ones are interdependent - not dependent. By this I mean, they work together to co-create something better.

Here are 5 things to work on, so you can increase your happiness and I think, address the meaning of life:
  1. Learn how to delegate and rely on others.
  2. Volunteer to work on some committee in order to practice being with people you may not typically choose to collaborate with.
  3. Conduct a weird friend audit – review your friendships and determine how diverse and weird and wonderful they are. If they are all the same – think about changing that.
  4. Start a project that requires different skills and talents than yours, to succeed.
  5. Be a friend.
At the end of the day all you have is you and all you need is your friends.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Everything is Connected

Within our 4-day Immersion program (Million Dollar Expert), one of the ideas we work on, is how to make your IDEAS exist on various levels.

The simple explanation of this, is to become aware of the big, medium and small layers of thought. For example:

  • Small: T bone
  • Medium: Food
  • Big: Energy

Once you embrace this concept and build your ideas in this way, you get several benefits. Some include;

  • Moving disagreements from the content of ‘you said, I said’
  • Linking seemingly unrelated ideas
  • Appealing to more people, more of the time

And the list goes on….

Start cataloguing your intellectual property and deepening it by adding layers of logic, and exploring the themes that bind it together.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Grow Your Mind

I love the quote by Oliver Wendel Homes, that 'a mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.’ To grow as people, we have to expose ourselves to different ideas; we need to stretch our minds.

I challenge you not to lose yourself in one of my favourite sites on the web: www.ted.com

It’s full of hundreds of Thought Leaders delivering ideas in short, 20 minute video packages. Completely free to download and watch. I suggest you start with:
  1. Al gore
  2. Tony Robbins
  3. Hans Rosling

Monday, October 8, 2007

Commitment Currencies

I used to think that someone is committed when they put up money. I also used to think that if I paid people money they would be more committed. I have come to realise that while money is a form of commitment it's not the only currency.

I might commit time, money, attention, reputation, love, and energy. There are so many different forms of commitment.

Consider this:

  1. If you let some one do a program of yours at no charge, you are depriving them of the opportunity to truly commit to the program.
  2. If you wont take a booking because the money is not enough. You may actually be missing a higher level of commitment.
  3. If the only partners you’ll consider in a new business venture are those with the funds to commit you may be missing out on te person with the passion to work into the night with you when the opportunity demands it of you.

Start to explore the meaning of commitment and begin to get clear about what is useful and maybe what you might drop.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Work Life Freedom is better than Balance

I have this mate who works away from home for twelve weeks of the year. For the rest of the year he doesn’t work. He is a trouble shooter for a resource company, turning around operations that are underperforming. In the kitchen at home, while he is away, a chart counts down how many days are left till Dad comes home. 100-99-98 etc. As a father of three he plans his twelve week stints so he will miss the least most important events.

I share this story in my seminars to highlight the variable definitions we have of balance. Some people need time to themselves daily. Some people can work flat out Monday to Friday as long as they get to spend weekends with their kids. Others are happy to work three weeks a month and have one week off.

Many employers are struggling to find and keep talent as they pursue the coveted distinction of being an Employer of choice. Perhaps they are missing the one ingredient that people value more than balance....... Freedom!

Freedom to work, when I work best, in a way that delivers the best quality of life for me. Not some imposed work life balance mandate that is unachievable in busy periods and basically sets work up as wrong.

As an employer

  • Find out what balance means to your people
  • Seek to create freedom for them (ask the question, "what would make you feel you have more freedom"?)

As an employee

  • Deliver results and earn the right for freedom
  • With huge freedom comes huge accountability

Let’s stop prescribing what balance means to people and start engaging them in a dialogue that allows them to explain what freedom means to them.

Let’s allow people to do their Personal Best.