The evenings are pleasantly cool, yet the discussions and ideas coming out of this week’s Global Leadership Forum in Bangalore are warm and sticky.
Dr Yury Boshyk continues to attract blue chip leaders and consultants to his annual forum on leadership development and business transformation. This year’s Forum includes corporates such as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Eskom, LG, Wipro, Tata, Pernod-Ricard and Flex, as well as first-class consultants and coaches from around the world. It’s an invitation-only session limited to 100 professionals. It is a pleasure and honor to be a part of this global community for learning.
The combination of cross cultural and interdisciplinary experts addressing organization, societal, cultural and technological themes bring contrasting viewpoints into play that stimulate new ways to lead positive transformation.
Here are three “transformation tips” that will support your change and growth agenda:
- Creating an outside-in shift to look at issues is hugely valuable to develop new approaches to transformation challenges.
- We rarely excel at operational excellence until we put a price tag or value on what non-conformity costs the organization.
- If you do not identify and excel at the fundamentals, you will not be successful with the more complex issues.
All the best for a successful close to 2018 and a reflective holiday season. Perhaps you will find a valuable idea or suggestion in this issue of the news2use – consider it an early Christmas present!
“Relevant & pragmatic ideas, tools and insights to play at your best.”
Do you treat time as a resource or a priority?
Let’s hope that you see time as a priority; because it is not a resource.
We can make or buy resources; we cannot make or buy time. Once time is gone, it is gone forever. There are renewable resources, but there is no such thing as renewable time.
Highly effective leaders treat time as a priority. While we cannot make more time, we can carefully and deliberately choose how we spend it.
What would you do if you had more time?
More time could help you transform ideas into tangible solutions for customers. It could mean more personal reflection time. More time could improve your health and personal well-being. More time could enrich relationships with people that are important to you.
If you feel time has gotten away from you and would like to reassess it as a priority, consider these four steps:
- Get a clear vision of what more time would mean for you.
- Record, over a three-month period, how you are currently spending your time.
- Manage out inefficiencies, put first things first, delegate, and become more vigilant about what goes into your calendar.
- Consolidate blocks of time, where you can work on strategic topics for two to three hours at a time, without interruptions from people, phones or daily drama.
Do not blame others for a careless calendar or a hectic life. Make time the priority it deserves, because if you cannot manage time properly, it is impossible to manage anything else properly either.
For You & Your Team
There is a fine line between a well-run team and one that is locked into the gravitational pull of their own status quo, unwilling or unable to change.
The first team (well run) has a set of systems and patterns that enables them to perform, all while continuing to challenge themselves about what they do and how they do it. The second team spends a lot of time defending themselves or laying blame on others, unable to come out of their rut.
When you consider that each of us has 60,000 thoughts per day and 45,000 are repeated thoughts, it is easy to see how people and teams can fall into mediocre patterns of status quo performance.
Here are three ways to jolt your perspective, and your team, out of the rut and into new patterns of performance.
Outside In Perspective – Imagine that you (and your team) are external consultants, brought in to advise your team about step changes that would leave the status quo rut and create huge value. What advice would you give to your own team?
Leap Frog Forward – It is three years from today and you and your team are hugely successful. You and the team have made deliberate changes to enable this success. Looking back (remember you are three years in the future), what is different in your team now, and how did you create this success?
Competitive Envy – fantasize for a moment that your competitors are hugely envious of your results. What have you specifically done that has enabled you to outperform those you compete against?
Often changing the angle, the perspective and the conversation in slight ways can be enough to leave the rut and step into a new reality.
One of the greatest gifts leaders can give people is to encourage and support perception shifts. This opens new doors of possibility.
For You, Your Team & Your Business
I am convinced that we can find better ways to help leaders play at their best. I think that for far too long, we have looked at leadership as an individual performance, instead of looking at leadership as a team endeavor.
This means that learning and development could play a much more valuable role when leadership teams become the laboratory and practice field for growth.
This is challenging for many leadership teams because they think they are too busy or already good enough. This is a mistake as I am yet to meet a leadership team that does not have room for improvement.
When leadership teams use themselves as the starting point for change, improvement and growth, it sets off a positive transformation throughout the organization.
Senior mentor Dr Alan Weiss reminds me that “no individual contribution, no matter how innovative or excellent leads directly to organization results. The catalyst that turns individual effort into organization results is the leadership team.”
There is no faster or more effective way to create a culture of ownership, accelerate change and create breakthrough results than to begin this work in the senior leadership team.
If you recognize that there are untapped opportunities or hidden risks in your leadership team and you are eager to transform them into a competitive advantage, please contact me.
People, Places & Technology
How do you nourish your organization’s curiosity?
More importantly, how do you get cutting-edge market intelligence to your key players?
If you looking for a strategic capability to feed the curious minds in your organization, take a good look at Mergeflow.
Mergeflow builds and operates innovation intelligence solutions that combine self-learning technologies with advanced computing power to provide unique insights. This helps individuals and teams that operate at the intersection of business and R&D.
They serve a variety of industry sectors, and their client list includes Bayer, BASF, Beiersdorf, BMW, Covestro, Philips, Siemens and Thyssenkrupp.
Thought for the Day
A miracle is a remarkable event or development
that brings very welcomed consequences.
Step up and become a miracle maker today.