I hope that this blog will get people thinking and provide some tips and techniques to improve performance. I will keep all blog posts under 600 words so that they take less than 5-min to read.
I believe that every person and organisation have untapped potential, which in a small way, I can help find to improve performance.
In the past nine months, I have learned more about myself than in the previous twenty five years working for Fortune 500 multi-national organisations. That is not to say that I didn’t learn a lot over those twenty five years, I did. And I worked for some great companies, with some fantastic people, however, having recently dug deep I realise now that I wasn’t being completely true to myself.
I have learned the power of being authentic, how important
it is to understand your value, and focusing on what it is you want to be
doing. And if you’re lucky like I am you
can also make a living from it.
I have been humbled by the kindness of my friends and
network. How people are prepared to give
you some of their time (arguably their most valuable asset) to hear your story,
and then tell me a little bit about theirs.
I have decided to do what I really love, and believe I am
good at, helping individuals and businesses clarify their goals, discover their
direction and purpose, and teach them a framework to achieve those goals. So, I
am shifting from Fortune 500 corporate, to Consultant and finally Coach where I
There are lots of coaches out there so what makes me think
that I can make this work? The
experience and testimonials I’ve received, old and new. My formal and informal
education and that I now know this is what I should be doing. I know I am good at it and (I’m trying not to
sound like a d@#k here) it is what I am meant to be doing. As my Executive
Coach Yu Dan Shi says, I have found my ‘inner genius’.
That may be the case, however, whilst I have found my inner
genius that does not mean that I am a thought leader. Importantly, I realise that I don’t need to
be a thought leader to deliver my clients the outcomes they are looking for. Since moving into professional services it
seems that every which way I turn I find another wannabe thought leader. I appreciate their journey and business
development strategy, however, I’m not joining their club…
I have decided that I
am far more a thought curator than thought leader.
One definition of curator - which I think best matches part
of what I do - is: “One who gathers
something, organizes it, and makes it available to the public.”
As a Thought Curator I am leading people towards their full potential, and working alongside businesses to close their 'performance gap'. I am being helped along by some thought leaders - most recently; Richard Branson, Peter
Drucker, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Angela Duckworth, Daniel Pink, Carol Dweck and Sir
John Whitmore to name a few.
I am a Thought Curator, in fact, I am thinking of
trademarking it 😉.
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are those of the author and do not
reflect the official policy or position of any other person, organisation,
employer or company. The author is a performance
coach for individuals and businesses with a belief that we all have untapped
potential, which once found can improve performance. I draw on 25 years corporate experience, a
Bachelor of Arts in Social & Cultural Anthropology and a Masters of
We’ve moved from Purpose to Authenticity , another deeply personal and intense subject. As a leader, you could do worse than developing your purpose and focusing on being more authentic. The quote in the title of this article is from Steve Jobs and I think it sums up the importance of being authentic perfectly. It is not always easy being authentic, societal and peer pressure, keeping up with the Kardashian’s (or keeping up with Bob living in that big house down the road, always on holiday and driving around in his fancy SUV ), unconscious bias and constant media bombardment mean that it is sometimes difficult to be authentic. Speaking from personal experience, I know that it isn’t always easy, because I have spent half my adult life not being completely authentic (but not anymore). As difficult as it can be you don’t need me waxing lyrical about authenticity for pages and pages because the concept is simple, it’s the execution that is difficult. So, I’ll keep it s
These topics just get bigger and bigger. We’ve moved from culture to purpose, you don’t get much bigger than purpose! As a refresh, see below for the eight critical areas and behaviours which I think a leader needs to focus on if they want to be successful in the 21st century. Build and reinforce the right culture (promoting gritty and growth mindsets) Have a purpose and be authentic Aim for alignment Reinforce an open communication policy (internal & external) Practice active listening (be curious and empathetic) Do not be the smartest person in the room Support and promote the team over the individual Have a plan and take action This blog is going to be a bit ugly, by ugly I mean I’ve got too much work on to ‘pretty it up’, so it’s going to be a bit ugly, but not any less valuable! And next week I’ll try and tackle authenticity… Key Takeaways: Your purpose must be about helping, improving or changing something other than you
As covered in Part One, see below for the eight critical areas and behaviours which I think a leader needs to focus on if they want to be successful in the 21st century. For this Blog Post I am only going to tackle the first point below on CULTURE, and I’ll throw into the ‘breakfast fry-up’ a little bit of the second and third points as well. Build and reinforce the right culture (promoting gritty and growth mindsets) Be authentic and have a purpose Aim for alignment Reinforce an open communication policy (internal & external) Practice active listening (be curious and empathetic) Do not be the smartest person in the room Support and promote the team over the individual Have a plan and take action NB: The majority of these practices are not mutually exclusive, and often the theories supporting the concepts either reinforce each other or are connected - much like bacon, sausages and egg. A definition of culture: “Culture can be defined as the values, ide