02/11-14 at 05.04 Louise Metcalf
After you know what you do well (the first article in this newsletter), then you need to know the context you work within. This changes when you consider your organisation, your team, even your industry, but it all sits within the major shifts that are happening right now. The CSIRO defined the megatrends in 2009, and updated them earlier this year. A megatrend is a collection of trends, patterns of economic, social or environmental activity that are thought will change things significantly. They are interrelated with ...
02/11-14 at 04.55 Louise Metcalf
If you’ve thought through the first two articles you’re ready to start planning 2015. A lot of people resist planning, because it seems dull and plans do, quite often, get interrupted by life! But plans also help us focus our efforts. That’s what makes them useful. So, we need to make planning fun. That means, first step, vision! You’ll often see people talk about vision boards, and if that works for you go for it. But you can also use a vision statement which seems to ...
02/11-14 at 04.52 Louise Metcalf
Some of the most well-known leaders in history were introverts, think of Abraham Lincoln and Bill Gates. However we don’t often think of leadership alongside introversion. In addition, people often write themselves off from leadership when they find out they're introverts. A terrible loss really. A few years ago we had the most introverted leadership development participant I think we’ve ever had. But this man had a vision! We never identify our people in case studies, so here we’ll call this guy Gary. Gary ...
10/9-14 at 00.51 Louise Metcalf
“Leadership is like a fog, I can see it but I can't grab hold of it” I quite often hear this kind of comment from people when I first start working with them, and while you may subscribe to a particular version of leadership (do you?) the definition of leadership is still argued about. In fact there is a discussion about this going on right now, in the Academy of Management. The only definition I have ever liked about ...
10/9-14 at 00.47 Louise Metcalf
Leadership and vision go hand in hand, because it is leaders who either create that vision, or give permission for staff to do it, or live their own. Leadership vision is also what drives our work at PAX. We are experts in developing tools that make it easier to know and bring that vision to life. Vision is aspirational, so it can feel like being out on a limb, but it’s how human beings generate the ...
10/9-14 at 00.43 Louise Metcalf
Negotiation is one of those skills that will always be useful, no matter what you do. You can use it to get a better salary, or just a better phone plan. It’s endless! We should really learn this skill in school. But now is the second best time… so let’s start learning!   1. Before you get to the negotiation Put at least an hour aside to think about all your options and alternatives. The trick is ...
10/9-14 at 00.32 Louise Metcalf
The latest thing in leadership consulting and thought is something called neuroleadership. On first impression, it sounds incredibly scientific and exciting, but as you’ll discover here first impressions can be very misleading… The term was apparently created by David Rock in a 2006 article in the magazine ‘Strategy+Business’ who then created an institute around it. According to the front page of his institute’s website, neuroleadership is: “… an emerging field of study connecting neuroscientific knowledge with the fields of ...
02/7-14 at 10.19 Louise Metcalf
If we summarise... it's all about helping people become ever more adaptable and confident in a rapidly changing world. So what should we focus on? 1. Creativity It's easy to see that innovation links strongly to creativity. They aren't the same thing though. Innovation is really the poorer cousin of creativity, as it's any kind of change to create something new. Creativity is where big new ideas come from. Innovation doesn't have to be original, but creativity is. The reality of creating creative ...
02/7-14 at 09.50 Louise Metcalf
Disrupt yourself now. This is the natural way of the sustainability leader. They disrupt to reconstruct business in a way that serves the future as much as it does the present, and amazing things happen. Deloitte's report on industry disruption provides the following guidance to organisations that are worried and want to adapt: First - deal with costs: 1. streamline as much as you possibly can, work with suppliers for Just In Time deliver processes so that you cut warehousing costs. ...
02/7-14 at 09.48 Louise Metcalf
Many people think that innovation will solve all our sustainability problems, however it simply doesn't. More is required. Firstly, innovations have been problematic in relation to sustainability. Let's take a recent one first and then I'll tackle the big ones. So, most recently we have the tablet device. Many will say that the tablet has improved sustainability because we no longer need newspapers or books, but they haven't actually reduced the number of books we produce or the amount of paper we use, and they are ...