Winter is coming”
The cold is about to rip through Sydney. OK, not exactly “Winter is coming” a la ‘Game of Thrones’, but the mercury is about to ‘plummet’ below 12 degrees!
I ride a (big red) motorbike - the only way to ‘fly’ in the log-jammed emerald city. I love the freedom to zip in and out, land close to where I need to be and (whisper this) park at the airport for FREE (a four letter word at Macquarie Group). But sitting still in the chill can get cold. It’s then I unleash my secret weapon - HEATED HAND GRIPS!
Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone. As I scan my world or work, friends and family, I see more and more people struggling. Australians are portrayed as a laid back bunch of irreverents - always at the bar, the beach or the barbie. In truth, most are more likely to be at the grindstone - particularly in Sydney - one of the most expensive cities on the planet.
This weekend, I’m off to Perth with my rowing crew, the Warriewood Crustys. We’ve already won Silver at the NSW State Championships. Now we venture west with our eyes on the main prize – Australian Gold! We’ve worked hard and improved out of site. We’ve also learned what it takes to perform at the highest level – lessons that translate to the world of business leadership. I share some of them here.
With the explosion of professional social media channels such as LinkedIn, it makes sense for your managers, leaders and future stars to get serious about building a presence. As we all remember from school science experiments, nature abhors a vacuum.
The rules have changed. To succeed today, your leaders have to stand out. Being expert and experienced is still necessary - but it’s no longer sufficient. The people charged with leading must actively develop their INFLUENCE to attract the people, customers and resources necessary for your business to win in volatile, uncertain and complex markets.
This mantra comes from the excellent TV series, ‘Friday Night Lights’. It’s set against the backdrop of high school football in Dillon, a small town in Texas. In this community, the football and the team’s success is everything. The entire town turns out each Friday night to support their local heroes.
This week I’ve launched my BUILDING YOUR INFLUENCE diagnostic tool, developed from a 2017 blog ‘Dialing Up Your Influence’.
There are a lot of elements involved in creating the personal brand presence that we all need to stand out professionally. A lot of people struggle with confidence or simply don’t know where to start.
I was recently invited to sit on a panel at one of Sydney’s leading business schools to share my thoughts on how I had set up my successful consultancy practise. I was struck by the wide variety of people in the room. They ranged from twenty something students to folk in their 50s and 60s.
It wasn’t that long ago that you needed a downtown office to do business. A bricks and mortar presence was essential. Corporates traded with other corporates and the little guy could hope for little more than the occasional crumb. Work was done in offices. Meetings (lots of them) took place in meeting rooms.
“Happy 2018 you magnificent Grand Final winning bastards. Pre season is almost upon us and need to know who is saddling up again for 2018”.
This is the text sent to me by the captain of the mighty Newport Rugby Club 3rd team. I am 53 in February. By any measure, that’s old to be playing rugby.
I was recently driving back from holidays with my wife, Nicki, listening to Russell Brand’s excellent podcast, ‘Under the skin’. His guest Pankaj Mishra, Indian essayist and author of ‘The Age of Anger’ said something that really resonated.
“Most lives end in disappointment”
Simple, profound, confronting. But true? We paused the podcast and debated the idea.