Thought Patrol Podcast
Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Build Trust

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Build Trust

October 11, 2021

We're taking a look at some of the things I've learned over 2020 with a little bit of 2020 hindsight. In this session, I'm going to cover the importance of building trust. Lincoln Chafee, the American politician said, “Trust is built with consistency.” Very true, but I would add transparency and integrity. 

 

As a leader, when you don't have trust, or haven't created an environment of trust for your team, things move slowly. With low trust, you experience low productivity and even toxic environments. Often when there is no trust, that gap is filled with fear.

 

VIEW MORE HERE 

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Know What Comes First

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Know What Comes First

October 4, 2021

This is a continuation of a small series I'm doing on 2020 hindsight. These are leadership lessons I've learned from the lockdown. In this session, “Know what comes first”. In a year where there was a lot going on, as you may have noticed, having clarity around priorities has been paramount. “Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.” According to the Bahamian Clergyman, Myles Munroe. Wise words.

 

If we don't know what comes first, we will be busy, but not necessarily effective. We all have a huge amount of noise in our world. The tendency will be to become reactive rather than proactive. We will randomly respond to what's happening, rather than considering our primary most effective response. If we do have a sense of what should come first, then we have more clarity. If we cut through the clutter and the noise, we tend to make better decisions. 

 

VIEW MORE HERE

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Embrace Uncertainty

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Embrace Uncertainty

September 27, 2021

Here’s a 2020 hindsight; a lockdown leadership lesson I've learned during this ‘interesting’ year. Embrace uncertainty. Danish Physicist Niels Bohr said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.” I do like a physicist with a sense of humour. But it's very true, we do like to think that we are in control, that our futures are certain. We are the most insured, some would argue, over-insured people in history. We try and reduce risk, increase certainty and think that we can control our future's.

 

Once again, there's nothing wrong with those things, but if we do not learn to embrace uncertainty, we can be left disappointed, resentful and cynical. It can also lead to a lack of resilience. Yet if we embrace uncertainty, recognise that the environment and life in general, cannot always be shaped into our desired state, we can be both realistic and resilient. This year taught me that embracing uncertainty is essential to sustainable growth, as an individual, as a leader and for our organisations.

 

VIEW MORE HERE

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Enjoy the Journey

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Enjoy the Journey

September 20, 2021

I thought it was a good time to take some of my own advice and review this year with 2020 hindsight. We all know it's been an extraordinary year. We all came into 2020 with 2020 Vision. As with any new year, there were expectations of what we would do, what we wouldn't do, and what the year was going to look like. The overused quote from Mike Tyson that “everyone has a plan until they get a punch in the face”, is so true for 2020. I want to take a look at the “lockdown leadership lessons” that I've learned or at least have had reinforced, with 2020 hindsight.
 

The first one for me has been to “enjoy the journey”. Greg Anderson, the American author, said “Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” It's such a simple concept, yet worth contemplating if you're like me; very focused on the outcomes, the destination, and the achievements. 

VIEW MORE HERE

Simplify: Repeat

Simplify: Repeat

September 13, 2021

You may have heard me talk about the importance of simplicity and refining for growth. But it’s important to note that these drivers have a third companion. Repeat. These principles are not a one-time event, they are an ongoing part of a successful culture. Repetition, repetition, repetition. It’s important.

 

Harvey Mackay said, “Learn from the past, but don't live there. Build on what you know so that you don't repeat mistakes. Resolve to learn something new every day. Because every 24 hours, you have the opportunity to have the best day of your company's life.” I love that!

 

VIEW MORE HERE

Simplify: Refine

Simplify: Refine

September 6, 2021

We're talking again today about how do you equip for growth; in particular, how do you simplify and refine systems and processes to aid the potential to grow. There's something beautifully elegant in simplicity.

 

Great design efficient processes beautiful things tend to be simple. It's relatively easy to come up with a complex system but finding the simplicity in the complex, is a whole different story. If we are not mindful of creating simplicity, complex confusion will prevail.

 

VIEW MORE HERE

Simplify: Test

Simplify: Test

August 30, 2021

We're talking here about what it takes to equip your company for growth. Specifically, in this session, how to simplify. Today we're talking about the first factor in simplification; the importance of testing, test, test, test.

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald has an example of a test. He said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”  Personally, I think paradox and being comfortable with it, is ‘part and parcel’ of being a good leader. But it is a good example of a test. Test and see as they say. 

 

VIEW MORE HERE

Support: Allocation

Support: Allocation

August 23, 2021

When we are endeavouring to support growth, one of our significant challenges is the allocation of resources. I mean this in its broadest context, that is not only financial but also people, time, and focus.

 

“Never underrate the importance of asset allocation.” Wise words from John C. Bogle; it’s very important. The frustration here can be the want to grow, and even the ability to do so, yet being constrained through a lack of resource, be it people, tech, systems, capabilities, or finance.

 

VIEW MORE HERE

Support: Responsibility

Support: Responsibility

August 16, 2021

Today, we're talking about responsibility. It's almost becoming an unfashionable word; especially when you add the word ‘personal’. However, today we're talking about responsibility in the context of supporting growth.

 

Mitt Romney, like him or not, said something that I think holds true, “Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.” Again, not necessarily a popular or even contemporary topic. I'm a big believer in personal responsibility and I ask for it in the people that I've led over the years, and now with the leaders I mentor.

 

VIEW MORE HERE

Support: Pressure

Support: Pressure

August 9, 2021

When we're looking to equip for growth, we're trying to reduce constraints and resource for effective execution. Specifically, here we're talking about how to support these initiatives by ensuring pressure is in the right places. 

 

Ernest Hemingway said, “Courage is grace under pressure”. I think that is a great combination, because it does take courage to apply pressure in the right areas, yet there is a measure of grace required to activate this in the right way. 

 

VIEW MORE HERE

Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App