Leadership is dead! Long live followership! I’ll bet that if you Google leadership books, courses, resources, etc. you will be overwhelmed with tips, tricks, styles and strategies of becoming a better leader. I don’t doubt that many of those things will help in various ways, but I want to ask you something today: is there something such as leadership or is it just a by-product of following? Read more “What is Your Follower Plan?”
Many people see capitalism and business as evil. …Understandably so. Many leaders in business today are missing the point. Business is there to serve society. The future leader of business needs to be a fulfilled individual if he or she wants to truly lead for good and not greed.
True leaders cannot desire to have Read more “The Battle of the Egos”
I cannot believe how many people in business simply accept the current mediocre leadership culture. I am utterly frustrated with the number of really smart people that will settle for second best when it comes to creating freedom. Freedom?
Simple: free to choose when I work; free to choose where I work (and therefore skipping toxic exhaust fumes on my daily commute); free to choose how work gets structured (so that we can be creative and simply brilliant Read more “Blind Intelligence”
I have mentioned this quote in the past, but after a good conversation with a friend earlier today I thought it would be good to focus on it specifically: It is easier to make it in this world than it is to change it. Why? Because you have to be willing to change yourself first. Something I learned with greater depth in 2015 when I completed a U.Lab online certification at MIT through edX.
The course specifically focuses on changing business, society and self. During our conversation my friend, very eloquently, indicated that the self should be first in order to emphasize that is where it all begins (the focus of the course is nonetheless very much on changing yourself first). Throughout the course I had the chance to interact with variety of individuals all over the world Read more “It’s Easier to Make It in This World Than it is to Change It”
I am on a journey to discover and express as much of my potential as I can. It is a life long journey and I seek to serve others as the central theme of this journey. To be of great value and have powerful impact is the true north of my compass.
What I have realised on this journey that it is mostly a lonely journey. Although I am always looking for kindred spirits and like-minded individuals or groups, at the end of the day this is my journey and no-one can travel it on my behalf. When I look in the mirror it is jut me there. It is up to me to take all the gifts that I have received an turn them into the man I like to see in the mirror.
No-one else will persevere and be willing to look different, weird, difficult or stupid on my behalf – that’s all on me! I need to keep on believing in me. I have to take the view of Eternity: I have been made for a purpose that will serve this world in order to improve it. As I renew my vision and beliefs every day and become the best version of myself, I help the world around me do the same.
This is the message that I have for you today – Don’t be distracted; this is your journey and if you don’t weigh anchor and aim for the open seas no-one is going to do it on your behalf. It doesn’t matter who you are, remember that today is the day you decided not only to survive but live!
…Go from survive to alive!
Whenever I make a business decision and whenever I study the truly successful companies globally I find a powerful and simple similarity: Look to improve all the lives involved in any decision and profit will follow. Sure, you can ignore this in the short-term and simply look to benefit yourself, but in the long term the companies that earn the greatest profit (financially, emotionally, socially, etc.) are the companies that look to serve a greater cause than money.
The challenge is that in order to do this the leadership, and especially the ownership, of the organisation has to be focused on total wealth creation at all levels. This means that: Read more “The Simple Truth Behind Long-Term Business Success”
So, how’s work? …A question we get asked so many times a week; month; year… What do we answer? “Hey man, it’s fine.” Or maybe: “Same old.” How about “It’s going great!” Perhaps not so much. The reality is that no matter where you work, you are expected to conform to the values, principles and beliefs of the organisation (if it’s big) or the values principles and beliefs of the entrepreneur (if it’s small).
Once you step into the corporate space you are transported to a place where you have to submit to a moral environment that is not the same as at home. In the evenings and on the weekends we have decent relationships, have full access to information, partake in decision making, operate with autonomy and freedom and pay attention to what makes us happy.
Too frequently however the corporate teleportation device beams us into an environment where our true capabilities and creativity is caged by a demanding, invisible shareholder and manager. Read more “Moral Teleportation”
Now the writing, and website, is an expression of, and avenue for supporting people to live, not just survive.
Deep inside we all long to live a life worthy of the gifts that have been bestowed upon us.
I add value to entrepreneurs and leaders at all levels. …Those who firstly realise that in order to fully be alive you need to challenge yourself.
Today more than ever my focus is becoming clear. What started out as an exploration with a foggy lens is becoming a laser-like focus and this journey is what I use to help others do the same. I have spent thousands on searching for the path of wisdom. I have spent years developing the mindset that brings fulfillment in ALL areas of life. I am not satisfied with second-best! I am only interested in a life that is better and better every day.
Over the last decade I have had approximately 15 jobs in about as many organisations. It has ranged from consulting to coaching and facilitation to lecturing. I could not still because I was hungry to find out who I am; what I am good at and ultimately I wanted to have an impact by adding value from my highest potential.
This has not changed a bit! In fact, I have now entered a phase in my life where I am starting to weave together, or craft, a fulfilling career from following a calling. After high school I took a year off and it was during this year that I discovered passion and purpose deep inside me. It is a passion and a purpose that is eternally inspired.
Left to my own devices I would have most probably not been as alive as I am today – who knows where I would have ended up!?
…But here I am crafting a career from calling. The big insight for today is an old one: Read more “How I am Crafting my Career from a Calling”
As much as I believe in the current and future potential of the people I work with, the clients I serve and the students I mentor, humans conform to systems whatever they are. We can’t help it. Once we encounter a system we are confronted with a choice: conform or rebel. Perhaps their is a nuanced approach (there always is) depending on the severity of the system, but at the extremes there are ultimately only two options over the long term – conform or rebel (in a good way).
I see it on a daily basis – whether it is a system to manage payments in a shop that is demanding and that reflects distrust or whether it is a system of control, like signing in and controlling people’s movement, we are confronted with systems that influence our lives.
Organisations seem to forget that systems are not neutral or passive, they are normative. They carry the values of those who created them. When putting a system in place it can empower individuals to make their own decisions, encourage cooperation, streamline the business or it can hamper progress, encourage dissent and destroy morale. Read more “The Power of Systems”