The first time you meet someone, often the conversation opener is “Hi, so what do you do?” Your response to this innocent question will likely determine the direction and tone of the rest of your chat. The person you have just met is likely to unconsciously relate to you in a certain way based on the title or job you shared with them. Now, before you judge them too harshly, you should know that you are probably guilty of doing the same with other people and even with yourself.
Continue reading “Who are you again?”
Although surfing is a passion of mine as a surfer I make a really good management consultant. Once you experience the thrill of riding that perfect wave you are hooked for life. Many entrepreneurial managers and business owners can relate to that feeling of looking for the next business wave and being ready to ride it as far as they can.
Unfortunately, not all waves are perfect. In fact, the perfect break is a bit of a rarity. But as addicted surfers we continue searching for the perfect break motivated by the potential thrill of success. From my experience in business there are some very strong similarities to be drawn between surfing and management. Continue reading “The Surfer’s Guide to Management – 10 gnarly lessons you can use every day.”
Recently a close friend of mine made the jump from high paying corporate executive to becoming a fully-fledged, incense burning Yogi with several of his own studios in Melbourne (Australian Yoga Academy). I was intrigued why someone so successful in the corporate world would embrace Yoga to such an extent that it eventually became his life. Then more recently during my own latest mid-life crisis (I started early at around 20 and have continued to have approximately one every year since then) I also started including Yoga into my health regime. After a chat with this yogi over dinner recently, and reflecting on my own experiences, I realised that there are significant benefits, both personally and at a corporate level, to be had for leaders who integrate Yoga into their lives. Continue reading “Yoga makes better leaders”
Recently a much publicised New York Times expose’ on Amazon’s work practises highlighted that it undertakes an annual culling of underperforming employees known within the company as “purposeful Darwinism”. The practice involves reviewing the performance of all employees over the year and then letting the lowest performers go. Is this poor treatment of employees or good management practice? Continue reading “Amazon culls employees. Is it right or wrong?”
We have all heard of the benefits of collaboration. The win-win compromise and partnerships based on establishing harmonious working relationships where everyone wins. However, creating this utopic vision might not be the best thing for you, your business or your long term success. Instead of always getting along, you may need to swim against the management theorists and ensure that there is a healthy element of competitiveness, conflict and tension in your working relationships. Continue reading “Competitive tension can push you to greater success”
We live in the age of disruption with new players aggressively entering old industries, such as Uber threatening the taxi industry and AirBNB taking on the hotel industry. These businesses have disrupted the ways and operating rhythms of the past by creating new operating models that erode the successes of historically dominant (and seemingly untouchable) players. To successfully adapt we need to take greater control of the impacts of these changes by proactively defining our own Operating Models, and associated Operating Rhythms. This will ensure, not only survival, but success in this aggressive new world. Continue reading “Getting your operating rhythm back in the age of disruption”
If you are like many of us who didn’t grow up with the current social media channels defining how we communicate, socialise and conduct business – welcome to my world. Consulting requires me to stay up-to-date with evolving social media trends. However, in an effort to comprehend these new offerings, I find myself referring back to ‘old school’ analogies. What I have realised is that the digital age is not too dissimilar to the ‘old days’ of running a non-digital business. Continue reading “An ‘Old School’ translator for social media”