Five, young swimmers are jumping in direction of the camera. This is underwater shoot. There are 3 girls and 2 boys. They wear caps, swimming goggles and swimwears. The swimmers just entered the water with hands in front of themselves. They are looking down. They leave behind them a lot of air bubbles. In the top of image you can see the surface of water and reflection of the scene. The background is clear, dark blue. There are no swimming pool elements. This is a square image. There is a lot of free space under the swimmers.

3 Alternative Approaches to Building Successful Collaborations with Humanity

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Have you ever had a business partnership go wrong? Something that started out with deep enthusiasm between you and another person or a group of people, yet it somehow slithered into fractious conversations, different views and conflict? Creating and maintaining successful collaborations, whether these are business or other areas of life requires constant work.  It also often involves lawyers, which can quickly take the humanity and human frailties out of consideration.  I’ve been examining alternative ways and tools to help develop successful collaborative partnerships that takes into account the very human qualities we all have.

They say people only really argue about sex or money, and that may be true. But in my experience, most disagreements that arise in business partnerships come about because people are human and therefore flawed.  We all are.  We often don’t take enough time to think through the long-term implications of being in business with someone else in the excitement of realising you have a great new business concept, and also of course, we change. It’s also common to find that people don’t set out clearly what their trigger points are in times of tension and pressure, and don’t put in place ways of dealing with each other’s little foibles.  Setting out clear boundaries and the framework for a collaborative partnership with someone is essential if you are to find ways to navigate the choppy waters when the pressure hits. Read More

Activating purpose

Overcoming challenges of activating purpose in organisations

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I’m often inspired to write a post following a meeting or conversation with a client, but even more so after conversations with prospective clients.  When you are listening deeply to the needs of someone you hope to work with, you can gain important insights into what needs to happen in their business, but also how your own work can improve and be more relevant.  In this case I was discussing supporting an organisation who had already begun the early stage of work to investigate the basis for a future purpose-led inspiring vision for their company might be, and looking at the challenges of articulating a new vision and activating that purpose throughout the company.

Once you have started to hold discussions and exploratory workshops with some of your employees and other stakeholders, it’s often the case that the amount of data starts to look a little overwhelming.  Of course you can look externally for help (mine, hopefully!) but if you’ve committed to a fully internal process, what could your next steps be? Read More

Be More Creative

5 Habits to Help You Be More Creative

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In the past 2 years I’ve spoken with hundreds of CEOs, business leaders, startups, academics and systems thinkers about the qualities they are looking for in the people they want to work with, and the attributes they believe the successful organisations of the future will have. We’ve discussed the complex issues around the future of work, the impact that exponential technology will have on employment, and role of business in the challenges the world faces.

Several consistent qualities have emerged that these leaders believe are important for both organisations and individuals to cultivate. Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of these attributes is Creativity.  But how do you become more creative?  Here are 5 habits you can try which will help you activate the creative zone inside you and be more creative.  Read More

The Appetite Kitch

How to avoid overwhelm: do 3 Most Important Things every day

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This week a client reminded me of how successful she had become applying a technique I had suggested over 2 years ago: Most Important Things or MITs.  During a strategy meeting where it became apparent she and her partner in the business were almost mentally exhausting themselves with the incredibly long ‘to-do’ list they wrote every day, I passed on this simple technique which has worked for me for years.

At the end of every single working day, I write at the top of my notebook for the following day, the 3 Most Important Things I have to do that day.  There may be hundreds of things on my ‘to-do’ list but I select only 3 things to put on that piece of paper.  Why?  Because the mere experience of seeing a ‘to-do’ list as long as your roll of toilet paper can inhibit you from taking any action at all.  It may be a list with no priorities at all.  It may be so long you just can’t see how on earth you can accomplish anything. And the net effect is inaction.  You’re frozen.  Read More

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On communications strategy for conscious business (and dog poo)

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Yesterday the Universe conspired to draw my attention once more to the difficulties of developing a successful communications strategy in the world today, especially for conscious coaches and mentors engaged in conscious business transformation of any kind. I love it when this happens. It happened like this. Bear with me, this is a long one.

I was on my way to a meeting in London, walking to the train station with my normal pace – fast – when I slipped over and landed flat on my backside – in a pile of dog poo!!! Disgusting and unpleasant. I had to retrace my steps and head home because no self respecting taxi was going to take me! I wasn’t going to get to my meeting on time so I reorganised a Skype. I popped a post onto Facebook about my misadventure – more to amuse than to be remotely insightful – and got out the rubber gloves. Read More

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10 Questions to Ask in Your Annual Business Review

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I usually complete my annual business review at the end of November, so that I am well ahead of the Christmas rush and fully prepared for the next year. This year however, I have been so busy I didn’t get around to it until this week. It’s not a disaster if you haven’t done your business planning for 2017 yet, but it’s worth making your planning time sacrosanct and getting on with it.

So at the beginning of last week I took myself off to my office eyrie at the top of the garden to carry out my own annual review and work through the questions below. If you’d like to go through the same exercise, I recommend you gather up your diary, any major pieces of work you might need, some paper and settle down with a pot of coffee (or whatever is your preference) for an hour or so and ask yourself these 10 questions. Read More