Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Two ends of the continuum

There is a continuum that exists… On the one side we have the small game, and on the other, we have the big kahuna. These two are really important if you want to build your practice.

Let's look at the first: the small game.

Find a specific target market of people you enjoy spending time with. For example, lets say real estate principals. Figure out a service you can offer them in a coaching mode. If the service could be linked to making money in some way it would be perfect. Build a 3 session coaching package as a starter pack and then a recurring monthly chargeable service.

At the other end, become known as the ‘go to person' in a field, the rockstar of a certain message. Become the internationally acclaimed author on a said topic and a highly paid professional speaker.

Now, there are lots of steps in between, but in this continuum you get the feeling of how to go about building your 6 figure income practice as an infopreneurial Thought Leader.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Leadership styles are old school

Have you heard the school of thought that suggests different leaders have different styles? The autocratic, the empowering, the whatever...

That's so the year 2000 and things have changed. A 21st Century Leader needs to have capabilities, not styles. In a fast changing world you need to adapt and flex your style. To have a signature style that is known by others is to advertise that you lack the ability to adjust fast enough in the modern fast change environment.

To me, a personal leadership style that you live into is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Don't name your style, don't have a style, instead, develop your capabilities as a 21st Century Leader.

Here are 16 Capabilities I think the 21st Century Leader at any level needs to develop. Consider this your personal development plan as a leader.

It's not cool to have a leadership style. It's better to have broad capabilities.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Stretch the comfort zone...

We tend to have conversations and take action at our level of comfort. To some extent, a persons degree of success is proportional to the amount of uncertainty they can manage. That's not to say that you have to be a financial risk taker to be successful, it's more about how clear the picture needs to be before you leap...

Do you have to be right to have a relationship with someone?

Do you really need consensus to move a project forward?

Or, do you need trust and alignment? ...maybe it's not about accuracy (being right) or agreed strategy (consensus).

Worry less about certainty and you become the leader...

It's the leaders role to replace confusion with certainty... that doesn't mean you have to be certain... just offer some. (I think...;)


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Success versus Happiness

One of the challenges for those who like to achieve is reconciling success and happiness. Most contemporary success formulas, science or systems have an element of drive or doing. Most of the happiness schools of thought talk about being present and living in the moment and being.

This creates a clash...or does it?

Success requires a sense of urgency, a drive to complete a need to fulfill. Indeed it often places satisfaction or happiness in the future somewhere. When we achieve x we will be truly happy.

Happiness on the other hand requires a sense of satisfaction, completeness and being. There is nothing to achieve as you have it all around you.

And that's the challenge when you set them up in opposition, you get lost in either domain.
It's not an either/or proposition, it's an and/also one. It's about walking and chewing gum. Set the goals and intent but then let go and enjoy the process you put in place.

The key idea to mesh these two worlds is to study or consider manifestation as an idea. It's about intent and action. Or put another way, you can pray as much as you like but you have to move your feet as well.


Matt Church

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Time to map out 2010

A simple exercise, yet possibly a few months late. Start thinking about 2010. What kind of year and months do you have planned? Now is the time to create an intention and context for 2010.

My Intention: My intention is to Inspire
My Context: My dual context for 2010 is execution with consistency
My Strategy: My strategy for 2010 is to execute through partnerships and completing things
My Growth: Is to attend 3-4 key programs next year that will lift my thinking and re-engage with some of my favourite and most productive mentors.
My Revenue: Same targets as 2009 but with a more stable core
My Deletes: I plan to take out ???
My Family: You get the idea

Then, we will be breaking down each month with a set of activities and key performance indicators. Even the personal stuff! Keep it simple. It's about putting a clear intention out into the world.

Start thinking now about the 2010 you want to experience.


Matt Church