Why Activating Purpose is at the heart of creating a good life

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Given the turmoil of first few month’s of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the on-going anxiety w feel about Brexit, you could be forgiven for losing all sense of hope of a thriving future for people and planet. To see the chaos caused at airports over his sudden lurch towards banning access to the US for refugees and passport holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and to witness the disappearance of all mention of climate change from the White House and Environmental Agency’s websites, are alone cause for concern. But could these kinds of decisions act in a positive way for us, activating the primordial sense of survival that kicks in whenever we are in danger? Can the on-going uncertainty and volatility propel us forward in our goals go creating a good Life and a thriving future? Read More

How to prepare a pitch for investment

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If you are an ambitious entrepreneur with growth plans, at some point you will most likely have to go looking for investment to grow and expand.  When you do, you will have to produce an investment deck and a pitch presentation.  In a few short hours I’m off to London to help train another group of great start-ups in the art of pitching for investment. It’s something I do regularly and thoroughly enjoy, not only because I love hearing new business concepts, but I know I can help each entrepreneur refine and hone a successful pitch.  How do you create a successful pitch for investment? Read More

5 Characteristics Of People Who Thrive In Self-Management

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Since Fred Laloux wrote Reinventing Organisations in 2014, the book has spawned what could almost be described as a cult following. I have been deeply interested in the ideas expressed in Fred’s ground-breaking book and I’m a member of a number of groups exploring what his ideas mean. But as yet, there are relatively few organisations in the world who are at the stage of experimenting with self-management or self-organisation from whom you can learn in detail what the challenges of the experience can be.

I’ve worked with two in the last 18 months and interviewed a dozen more for my forthcoming book and would like to share some observations from their experiences about the characteristics of the people who thrive in these organisations – which also seem to be the characteristics most companies in the future are likely to need.  Read More

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

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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