Friday, November 27, 2009

What is Thought Leadership?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Don't ask turkeys to judge an eagle!

Ok, if you have read past blogs of mine you know I am not a big fan of constructive criticism or 360 degree feedback.

Furthermore I don't think you should run your best ideas past a committee! That can often include co-workers, family members or people on the street.

If you have a great person or a great idea, it sometimes needs to be insulated from the crowd think.

It needs to be held at arms length from the well-meaning good advice of people whose major claim to fame is that they have an opinion.

Solicit an opinion only from those whose opinion you respect.

Don't ever let turkeys judge eagles. It will get messy.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The grass is gravel!

Is the grass ever really greener on the other side of the fence?

Nine out of ten times we change stuff for something better only to find out it wasn't better at all. Be sure of what you've got before you upgrade, shift gears or jump the fence.

A mindset that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence hits you twice:

  • It means you may not be grateful for what you have got.
  • It means you have set up an expectation racket with the new person or thing.

Comparisons only lead to disappointment.

Love the one your with.

Tidy up your own backyard.

The grass on the other side is probably not as green as yours and even if looks green it's probably gravel.


Matt Church

P.S. You would have to be deleting every email from my office if you don't know by now that we are running a 2 day conference on Thought Leadership in December. Come along, I'll be there and you won't be disappointed. This event is perfect for people looking to be inspired by the company they keep and keen to have conversations that elevate your thinking - we put on a great show...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How to herd genius

I was sitting with Thought Leader and culture expert Michael Henderson the other day and we were discussing the challenges with herding genius.

Clever people are a challenge to manage when you put them together in a room. They often have off topic ideas and randomly exciting suggestions. This is great when you are in a wide reaching think tank, but not so productive if you actually want to advance a project or conversation.

Next time you find yourself in a meeting and feeling like it's a talk fest and not going where it should, try asking the question; 'What question are we answering now?' or even 'What are the questions we need to focus on today?'

The question I asked myself in writing this blog post was, 'How do I turn talk fests into productive meetings?'

Herd genius by focusing the brain power in the room on an issue.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lightning talks and the power of the short speech

I have been watching for a while now the evolution of a concept around the discipline of preparing short talks. It goes by a bunch of names like Ignite, Pecha Kucha and Speed Talking. My favourite is the IT industries adoption of the term 'Lightning Talks'. The metaphor works for me.

They all operate with slight variations in duration of sessions and number of slides.

This is my favourite format so far:

* 5 minute presentation
* 20 slides only
* 15 second automatic transitions

I encourage you to create a presentation using this format, as it forces you to get to the point and lifts your energy as a presenter.

Go on, give it a go!