I Wish I'd Done More

A Letter Of Conviction and Commitment To The Business Owners and Leaders Who Looked To Me For Leadership.

 

For the past 3 years, I had the fortune to travel across Australia several times and back. I was able to speak to thousands of leaders about why and how to evolve themselves and their businesses to stay relevant in the hearts and minds of the people they choose to serve.

My goal was always to bring humanity back into the workplace. ensure leaders treated their employees as humans with goals, dreams and aspirations first, and employees second.

My desire is to create an evolution at work.

I should’ve worked harder to drive home the message that we are in our generations most uncertain of times, and that predictability is out the window.

I wish I’d inspired more of you to believe that these are the most exciting of times to be in business, because there is no opportunity in predictability, but there is plenty in uncertainty.

My commitment going forward to you is...

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How To Build Your Own Camelot

 

Who remembers Camelot and its Knights of the Round Table? 

These were the characters in the legend of King Arthur. These were the best knights in King Arthur's kingdom. They lived in King Arthur's castle, the famous Camelot. 

Why were they were called the Knights of the Round Table? They sat at a special table in Camelot that was round instead of a typical rectangular table. The shape of the table was very significant. Most tables are rectangular, and have a place reserved for the "head of the table". This is the narrow part at the top, where the leader usually sits. However, utilizing this round table concept instead, meant that everyone who sat around it was deemed trustworthy and an equal.

Furthermore, in order to become a Knight of the Round Table, a knight had to prove they were chivalrous and trustworthy enough. The legend suggests that the knights swore to a Code of Chivalry. Much like a modern-day oath, they promised to uphold the...

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Put Yourself In A Position To Win

Work hard. Know your strengths. Stick to your game plan. Be patient. Never give up.

These are all things that Steven Bradbury played out in 2002 and came home as the most unlikely winner of a gold medal. Not just any gold medal, but Australia’s first-ever Winter Olympics Gold Medal.

This race was memorable for me as a dual citizen. I am a born Canadian and a naturalized Australian citizen. I was in Canada watching it. Needless to say, my Canadian friends were very upset to see the Gold medal “fall” from Canadian hands. Then to see a seemingly unknown Aussie glide through to victory was insult to injurry.

I gotta tell ya, the Aussie part of me lit up with a cry of Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oye! Oye! Oye!

Some say he was lucky. I say he prepared perfectly and played to his strengths and put himself in a position to win. In an interview after winning his gold medal he said:

“Obviously I wasn’t the fastest skater. I don’t think...

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Stop Focusing On Employee Engagement

By now many leaders would be familiar with the global disengagement rates (70% ish) from studies by companies like Gallup and Deloitte.

Perhaps it’s time to stop focusing on Employee Engagement in isolation? Yes, you read that right. It is symptomatic of a poor or average culture. Let’s focus on the cause, not the symptom.

Culture is made up of the three key drivers of PURPOSEVALUES, and VISION. These are the things that are deeply valued in the cultural framework of your organization.

The critical part is the connection to the drivers of success for the business…and that is MISSION, the catalyst for the strategic and tactical framework of your business.

#PurposeDrives – Why does our business exist What problem are we passionate about solving in our world (and who for)?

#ValuesGuide – What is the unique thinking of our business that guides us to make smarter decisions in...

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