Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Certainty more important than clarity

Right now is the time for certainty. As the world loses confidence about what may happen in the coming months, people are looking for certainty...they are looking for Thought Leadership.

They want to know what to do, how to think and what to do next. They need the information delivered in a way that is meaningful, relevant and engaging. The world needs your Thought Leadership, right now!

I recently spoke at a banking conference and addressed the theme of how to create your future. We identified 9 skills that help you to be PROACTIVE in creating your future.

  • Responsibility - increasing options and taking charge for your life.
  • Talent - discovering your genius and working everything you do through it.
  • Evolution - focusing on growth, learning and the high order emotions.
  • Reflection - learning from your past and breaking negative repetitive patterns.
  • Perspective - getting above the mess of challenges & seeing them for what they are.
  • Imagination - creating a compelling vision for a better tomorrow.
  • Execution - taking immediate, specific & productive action.
  • Contribution - working all you do to a sense of higher purpose.
  • Celebration - enjoying it all and being present to the wonder of what you create.

These 9 skills are the key to you being proactive and developing a positive future, no matter what. Right now as people get scared, we are entering the time for Thought Leadership. This is a wonderful time to be alive as now, more than ever, people need what you do. These 9 skills are your map.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Here are two key questions to ask yourself.

1. How inspired am I in my life over the last 30 days?
2. How inspiring am I to be around over the same period?

Your answer to the second cannot be greater than the answer to the first. There is a direct correlation between your energy and the affect that has on others.

To paraphrase Ghandi ‘Be the attitude you want to see around you.’ Or in the words of Popeye ‘a fish rots from the head down.’

To live an inspired life or to be an inspired leader you have to choose ‘inspiration’…

  • Read books
  • Attend seminars
  • Take breaks
  • Run seminars

Inspiration is a choice not a consequence.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

How do you communicate?

If content is the detail of your topic, context is the diagram of what you say.

If you represent all your ideas contextually, you’ll be able to say more in less time, avoid confrontation and increase engagement.

Communicating an idea is like arranging flowers in a vase. Once you have a great vase that fits your environment, you can change and arrange the flowers to suit the vase.

The vase is the context of your message – the flowers are the content. Content needs to be refreshed and rearranged. Context rarely changes.

Here are some quick and easy points to remember to help people navigate your line of thought.

1. Make your point and set the direction.

Detail is necessary at some level; not when you have little time and a lot to say. Revealing your ideas from a broad framework first gives people a map to your line of thought – which engages them from the start.

2. Appeal to the creative right brain types with a metaphor.

Metaphors are object and activity based and can be sourced from real life and everyday examples. Some examples include instruments, household objects, hobbies, sports and environments. Compasses, vases and maps are three common examples.

3. Appeal to the logical left brain types with a model.

A model is geometric in nature and consists of squares, lines, circles, triangles, pentagons, graphs and every variation and combination of the same.

4. Back up your ideas with aligned content.

Once you get engagement on the big picture, you can begin to present your stuff so it supports the established framework. Start broad and then go to detail.

I hope I’ve given you something to think about………….