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Latest Blog Post: Leadership Part Three - why am I doing this again?

These topics just get bigger and bigger. We’ve moved from culture to purpose, you don’t get much bigger than purpose!


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Quotes I love

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

– PETER DRUCKER –

 

“Being yourself is among the best advice I have ever received.
Yourself is always the best version of you.”

– RICHARD BRANSON –

 

“I never lose. I either win or learn.”

– NELSON MANDELA –

 

“If you can't change the people, change the people.”

– GILBERT ENOKA –

 

“Unless commitment is made, there is only hope and promises… But no plans”
– PETER DRUCKER –

 

“If you want something new.  You have to stop doing something old.”
– PETER DRUCKER –

 

“Between the idea and the reality. Between the motion and the act

Falls the Shadow”
– T.S ELIOT –

 

“There is no plan B.”

– Chris Gardner
– CHRIS GARDNER –

“Failure is a stepping stone to success.”
– ARIANNA HUFFINGTON –

"Great things in business are never done by one person,
they're done by a team of people."
– STEVE JOBS –

“Everyone has a plan, ‘till they get punched in the mouth.”
– MIKE TYSON –

Books & Blinks that have changed the way I think:

“GRIT: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success”
by Angela Duckworth

“Mindset – changing the way you think to fulfil your potential”
by Dr Carol S. Dweck

“Coaching for Performance”
by John Whitmore

“Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”

by Robert B. Cialdini, Ph D

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being”

by Milan Kundera

“The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”

by Haruki Murakami

Powerful pod casts, articles & videos:

The Meaning of Work
Why people work and what motivates us – my all-time favourite podcast.
 

Drive, the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Daniel Pink talks about what drives motivation, the shift from profit to purpose maximisers and that the employee of today is looking for 1) autonomy, 2) mastery and 3) making a contribution.  Another favourite of mine.

Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

The whole ‘start with the why’ story.

Building Emotional Agility

Feelings and emotions are not facts… Powerful learnings here.

The Value of Keeping the Right Customers
Frightening data on how expensive it is to replace lost customers.

Mental Preparation, Secrets of Top Athletes and Entertainers
Some interesting research and data on how to prepare for a big pitch/presentation or whatever.

Behaviours of Top Performing CEOs
Some great tips and techniques that any manager will find valuable.
 

How to Reinvent Your Firm
If you’re interested in growing your business but concerned about how to protect your ‘core’ then you should listen to this podcast.
 

Reducing Organisational Drag
I love the time management stories and techniques in this podcast.

Restoring Sanity to the Office

Another good podcast about time management and task prioritisation.

The Jobs to be Done
My wife tells me this is just the same as the ‘consumer insights’ work that she has been involved with over many years in her Marketing roles.  However, for this simple salesman it was a different way of looking at customer needs, and how to fulfil them.

Re-Orgs are Emotional
There wasn’t much new here for me, however, reinforces the need for a strong communication strategy with any re-organisation.

HBR Ideacast – Break Out of Your Managerial Bubble
3-4 techniques on how, as a manager, to make sure that you do not become isolated from your team and business. 

The Science of Persuasion

A 10-minute animated video showing Robert Cialdini's Six Principles of Persuasion - a must for any sales person.