- Producer26/02/2017Creating Space for Change: A little bit goes a long wayThe difference between the best and the worst, between success and failure, between mediocrity and excellence, is often very small — witness how tight the spread between first and last place can be in an Olympic downhill race. A single insight is...
- Producer11/02/2017Do We Need Followers To Be a Leader?Do we need followers to be a leader? How do we position ourselves as a leader in any given context? Over the past couple of weeks I have been confronted again with the question about what leadership looks like in the context of there being...
- Producer04/02/2017So What Stops Them From Succeeding? Neville Guant wrote a comment to my last blog post asking the question, “...all your readers and mine ... know it already. So what stops them acting and succeeding?” This is a really good question and I guess one of my answers would be that I’m...
- 30/01/2017If you're relying solely on your CV / resume to open doors to the executive position you really want, you might just be missing an important piece of the jigsaw. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@simon-gray/in-the-executive-job-market-it-s-your-approach-not-your-cv-resume-that-counts
- Producer30/01/2017In the executive job market it's your approach (not your CV / resume) that counts!When it to comes to executive job search, the first thing that normally springs to mind is the requirement to put together a CV / resume. If you've been in, or are about to enter the executive job market, perhaps this is a thought you've had or was...
- Producer28/01/2017What is your niche?One of the advantages of being an independent coach is that I get to connect with other coaches around the world, usually using either LinkedIn or coach-centred sites. I often find that these individuals are floundering a bit. They feel they are...
- Producer23/01/2017In the executive job market, discipline sets you free.Discipline is not something I've always had, but something I've been working hard to build, develop and grow. It can be a daily battle, as I'm sure it is for many, but recently I've really come to appreciate the importance of discipline in life, in...
Comments23/01/2017 #2 Mohammed Sultan@Simon Gray.A great post.Nothing will help you become more successful in life than being focused and disciplined.Successful people always have the focus of an entrepreneur and the discipline of a successful organization.Developing discipline in yourself depends to great extent on how your ability to assess yourself through looking into your past.Look at the excitement moments in your early life when you were able to fix the pieces of the Jigsaw Puzzle together and also enjoyed the beauty of this process.Also,the excitement of the Juggling Game;Juggling many balls in the air with a focus on the paths not on the ball.
The perversity of nature would also say ;when chasing two rabbits,try to chase them in separate tracks.Focus on the process and you will have the discipline to prioritize and achieve your goal.
Because we are what we repeatedly do until it becomes a habit, your discipline will also grow out of the things you enjoyed doing in the past.Be sure to have this exciting moments recalled and grouped together in one theme to help you do more enjoyable activities.Each time you handle a task in future try to organize self-views on this track to have more meaningful,enjoyable and disciplined tasks.A disciplined person is the one who is able at any moment in time to rank his freedom with values and goals.23/01/2017 #1 Devesh BhattOnce I was adviced by an Armyman, Discipline is doing things at a prescribed time in a prescribed way, not as a limitation but a preparation for any eventuality.
It's not about following a time table, it's about preparation.
For years I lived this motto,fortunately a young Nepali Sherpa told me..
Discipline is self determination ...Ideal, deep and hard to follow.
When I read you I am reminded of this, Self determination, for a disciplined person, even flexibility would work .
You inspire a lot of self improvement, just like your poem on New Year.
Enjoyed reading you. Thanks.
- Producer21/01/2017The Leader as CoachThis week, as was the case last week, my post is triggered by a comment from one of the students in the class I teach at UBCO. The topic was Flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) and its impact on us. Which of our activities give us energy, and which...
- Producer13/01/2017Leadership Is Not What I Thought It Was"Leadership is not what I thought it was" – this was the comment from one of my students earlier this week as I sat in on one of the small group discussions into which the students break during class time. When I asked her to explain what she...
- 12/01/2017My latest blog post on the excellent platform that is beBee – hope you find it useful and thought-provoking. Please feel free to share comments and feedback. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@simon-gray/are-you-really-the-architect-of-your-careerAre you really the architect of your career?www.bebee.com The original title of this blog post was 'time is running out for us all', but at first glance this appearing somewhat morbid, I decided to...
- Producer10/01/2017The Smell of DisengagementThe couple got engaged and then disengaged- what happened? The employee got so engaged in work and then got disengaged? What happened? The people got engaged in an environmental issue and then disengaged? What happened? The investors got...
Comments18/01/2017 #37 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Ali Anani this is a topic which needs more engagement overall in most aspects of life. To be engaged with the people and the job at work can make an individual very productive and quite happy. This is important because the feeling of happiness should transcend most feelings, as it opens the door to gratitude, acceptance, appreciation and it increases the value of the job. Why does this matter... it should if one desires an environment of loyalty, focus and growth. Harmony. Just some thoughts as I read. Quite a very important post for pondering. Thank you12/01/2017 #33 Sara Jacobovici#31 Thank you to @Ali Anani for bringing your comment to my attention @Amina Alami. It is great to see the same words being viewed from a different perspective. I find our perspective of the value of newer or older employees, their degree of freshness in relation to their engagement very important. For me it brings up the complexity of the sense of smell experienced from the view of the "ventilation" system of the environment. If newer employees come in with a fresh smell only to be prevented from "blossoming" (referring to Dr. Ali's next buzz The Butterfly Effect of Passion) in a well ventilated environment, they may temporarily engage and will either leave their current environment or become older employees still engaged in spite of losing their fresh smell. They adapted to the environment producing the same low quality smell, rather than either leaving to preserve their freshness or contributing to the environment by breathing fresh air into it. Thank you Dr. Ali and Amina for the opportunity to engage in this dynamic discussion.11/01/2017 #32 Ali Anani#31 Thank you dear @Amina Alami for writing a profound comment. If you would read the comment of @Sara Jacobovici then she also offered her explanation of same paragraph. Fresh employees may disengage easily. This is a paradox of its own because freshness means to me they are still fragrant and yet they ae the first to disengage. You make me think deeper. Thank you11/01/2017 #31 Amina AlamiThis article is astounding Ali Anani! You so beautifully stated," this was a refreshing smell of disengagement. What a paradox!" In my humble opinion, the young and fresh employees may disengage easily, even if they smell right, when their company doesn't practice leadership development programs and mentoring to keep them fully engaged. On the other hand, the wrinkled employees, even if they may not smell so right, they could still be fully engaged if they finally found their fulfilling job.11/01/2017 #30 Harvey Lloyd#21 Yes, the mentoring word is what we speak. Expectations are designed and built by many aspects of our life. We all need that feeling of confidence and in most cases with our next generation that confidence has set up expectations that are unrealistic. I can say this was the case for myself and the many i have discussed employment with at our firm.
Could we make the statement, expectations developed on poor understanding will always produce poor engagement.
@Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS you have interpreted my comments and extended the discussion into new realms. My conspiracy theory might be that we are placing a large portion of our hiring expectation on education. Given this we now assume "soft skills" are present. We judge our newer generations with this in mind.
I'm not a ridged fan but none the less a fan of Maslow's hierarchy. Soft skills allow us to self actualize through experience. We cant gain experience unless someone engages us and our expectations will never shift. The individual experiencing this will struggle through out their career and many other areas.
Just a few minutes a day, or changing how we interface with others could increase another's opportunity for success. But in the end each individual has to choose their path. So as you say they need to be released.10/01/2017 #25 Ali Anani#19 @Sara Jacobovici- you hit the nail on its head by writing "The glue has to permeate the surface while it is still wet before it will take hold; it needs time to make itself felt". Your comment is truly the synopsis of the buzz. Your comprehension is again very impressive.10/01/2017 #23 debasish majumderlovely insight sir @Ali Anani! but, i am bit confused, how far an artist bothered about glue, when he is only focused on his creative inclination? will it be sensible to be bothered about glue, instead of being absorbed with his creative frame of mind? besides, i believe, quality lies with his creation, not with mere ostentation with its eye catching form. content is the soul of his creation, not the mere form only. it is equal to the metaphor, that we must judge from one tree to judge about the entire forest and its beauty and attractive quality is the only determining factor to gauge the potentialities of its distinctive dispensation, for which it eventually make sometimes epoch making presentation! however, intriguing post indeed sir. enjoyed read. thank you for the share.10/01/2017 #22 Mohammed SultanOne of our main tasks is not to build a single charismatic leader with a smell of fragrance,but to build a whole organization around its own fragrance.
The beauty of the organizations with enduring smell begins when they build internal and external organizational streams that will never dry,going up and down and in all directions causing no wrinkles.10/01/2017 #21 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS#12 Harvey, I think I see what you mean - even from a big business perspective ;)
I have mentored and trained many college grads and new hires. Interesting ties to this discussion.
Some are there for a paycheck (expectation) while others want to fit in and move up (engagement).
Some you can tell something once and they not only do it but run with it and expand on it. Others, eventually don't "fit in" and are fired.
This is why, when I interview people, I put more "glue" on the soft skills: expectations ("So, what's the pay and when do I get YOUR job?!") and attitude ("Ask not what your [company] can do for you";), hunger and thirst, ability and desire to learn and contribute to the team.10/01/2017 #20 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTSThis resonates so well: "Wrinkles form when the top layer dries faster than the bottom layer or when top layer is applied on a contaminated surface. The top layer in organization is the upper management. If the upper management interest in the organization dries up then the glue that bonds the organization together."
Great metaphors! I've seen so many upper management come in and - let's say - not adhere well. They are soon gone like the wind, with those who are more engaged and dedicated feeling the breeze.10/01/2017 #19 Sara JacoboviciPart 2/2 Thank you @Ali Anani for bringing my attention to @Harvey Lloyd's comment and thank you Harvey for the mention. I will take a couple of lines from Dr. Ali's buzz to reflect on expectations and engagement. Dr. Ali writes, "Not all glues are the same [and painting] the "organization wagon" with low quality paint will lead to all sorts of problems..." You both touched on the "fit" or shared vision. If the leader, who is the glue, is best suited for a certain type of surface or purpose and the team members or staff are made up of other "stuff", it will not lead to engagement. The glue has to permeate the surface while it is still wet before it will take hold; it needs time to make itself felt. And the quality of the paint, or the investment in the company, whether time and/or effort, will determine the quality of the environment. Unfortunately, some leaders are "blind" to the impact they have on their environment and its influence on the rest of the people involved. If their focus is away from the results of the poor quality of engagement, they will only experience the outcome when things begin to "fall apart". As always, gentlemen, thank you for the opportunity to engage at this level of quality!
- Producer30/12/2016Networking – Growing Your Business in 2017 and BeyondVince Lombardi, the well known and loved US football coach, is known, among other things, for his famous speech, “What It Takes to Be Number 1”. In a nutshell his central message is commitment; that to be a success in anything is to be committed...
- Producer23/12/2016Leadership is a Continuous JourneyLeadership is a continuous journey — we should never stop learning. One of the most effective ways of learning and growing, according to Kouzes and Posner (Learning Leadership, Willey, 2016), is to look for "stretch" assignments; areas for...
Comments07/01/2017 #3 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.leadership is about growth, yes and that should never stop.07/01/2017 #2 Donna-Luisa Eversley@John Whitehead it really is continuous! Leadership is like learning to walk, even when you think you have mastered it, something can happen and you must relearn what you think you already know. You must always be ready to listen and desire to learn more. Great article.
- Producer16/12/2016Setting Targets for the New Year? It’s that time of year when we start to take a look ahead at what we want to achieve in the coming New Year and at the same time reflect on how far we have come since this time last year. It is fascinating to read the posts that start to appear on...
Comments18/12/2016 #5 John RylanceThe start of a New Year gives us the opportunity to set new goals, start with a blank canvas, plan and make changes in out lives, forget the negative aspects and celebrate the positives of the past year. In ditching the negatives ( they are so last year), I look to turn them where possible into positives. We are often looking for reasons/opportunities to change and a New Year can provide that impetus.16/12/2016 #3 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝I agree 100% on the learning part. For me a quite feasible and healthy goal for 2017 is to reduce my sugar intake and replace it with honey. Not just physically but on other levels too. For example I plan to abstain from LinkedIn as much as possible and focus on other, more nourishing social media.16/12/2016 #2 Mohammed Sultan@John White.We begin the new year saying "Happy New Year" and very often end it up unhappy.If you look at deep-seated social change ,you realize that the slow,peaceful resolutions have never made a difference.Every time we dream of changing the world to become a global village,our march even didn't change a small village.Happy New Year,John.
- Producer14/12/2016This is such an exciting time of the year... an unconventional reason.It's December 14th and for many people the magic of Christmas is everywhere... an exciting time, particularly if you are under the age of ten. While I very much enjoy the meaning and trappings of Christmas, there is also another reason why this time...
Comments14/12/2016 #1 Renée 🐝 CormierYou know, December 14th is a special day for another reason, too. You were so busy planning and blogging that you forgot! You are right, though. This is a really good time to start reviewing your year and planning ahead. We've got a lot to accomplish in 2017. Let's get 'er done!
- Producer10/12/2016Leadership…. A Few BlistersWe usually think of blisters in a negative way. They can hurt, if not looked after can cause infection, and depending where they are, have a frustrating tendency to get in the way. Another way of looking at blisters is that they are the result of...
Comments11/12/2016 #1 Tony 🐝 RossiWe get so caught up in the glamour and success of leaders, aiming to get to that next pedestal ourselves, that it's easy to forget that nothing comes to be without work. Often hard work, that without astonishingly good luck, always comes with a few lessons to be learnt - some more painful that others.
- Producer08/12/2016Kann man sich selbst coachen?„Im Prinzip ja, aber ist schlecht für die Coaching-Industrie.“, würde Radio Eriwan antworten. Die Geschichte, in der sich Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen am eigenen Schopf aus dem Sumpf gezogen haben will, lebt dagegen im Begriff...
- Producer06/12/20165 things stopping you from getting on the career ladderThere are so many things that can stop you from getting on the career ladder, people telling you your dreams are too unrealistic to random hurdles appearing in your way. But one of the main things that tends to get in the way of our hopes and dreams...
Comments07/12/2016 #2 Tony 🐝 RossiThe Jim Rohn quote says it all: believing in yourself is the FIRST act of change, and as you argue, the most important! Really well presented position, @Alexandra Galviz, and the resurgence of the imposter syndrome is likely due to the fact that much corporate ascension has been stagnated as the large population of boomers hit their prime years and stuck around. Now there is lots of room for younger generations to take big leaps forward, instead of small incremental career improvements.
- 05/12/2016Is 2017 the right time to start your own business? Only you can decide! I share some thoughts and advice in my latest beBee blog post. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@simon-gray/is-the-new-year-the-right-time-to-start-your-own-business-part-1
- Producer29/11/2016What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?It's easy to tell you what you likely DON'T have in common with them - fame, fortune, and good looks...Okay, Fame and fortune... ... but here's what you DO have in common with Bill, Warren, and Bono. 24 hours in a day, and a sphere of influence....
Comments05/12/2016 #18 Ken BoddieUndoubtedly, Kev, as mature leaders in our chosen career path or discipline, we have a duty to ensure that "passion will drive us towards doing something in the service of something larger than ourselves". But let's spare a thought for the many less fortunate out there who, for various reasons, are trapped in survival mode from day to day, and are slowly being robbed of their passion. How can we recognise them and include them in our "service of something larger"?05/12/2016 #15 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTSMore to think about from the author:
http://www.danpink.com/2012/04/50-centuries-of-work-5-important-lessons/ View moreMore to think about from the author:
"Here’s what Pillemer calls the “refrigerator list” of the five lessons gleaned from all that experience:
1. Choose a career for the intrinsic rewards, not the financial ones.
2. Don’t give up on looking for a job that makes you happy.
3. Make the most of a bad job.
4. Emotional intelligence trumps every other kind.
5. Everyone needs autonomy." Close05/12/2016 #14 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTSThanks for this, Kevin! I loved your summation, your passion nudge and RSA Animate's animated version of the book!
(I am CC'ing those who found my share of RSA Animate's video relevant in https://www.bebee.com/content/983566/934468 View moreThanks for this, Kevin! I loved your summation, your passion nudge and RSA Animate's animated version of the book!
(I am CC'ing those who found my share of RSA Animate's video relevant in https://www.bebee.com/content/983566/934468:
@Javier 🐝 beBee, @Julie Hickman, @Allison Obrien, @Suzanne Dwillies-Khan, Pharmacist and Musician)
I had heard or read the amount of money most people need to feel happy at work caps out at $70-80,000. Then I saw this video and learned more about the research that makes so much sense.
I've also heard of studies that show more than 75% of people are unhappy at work. Why?
Dan Pink "demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges."
You asked after working hard to be successful, "How will you know you've arrived?"
Today, people need to use their passions and be fullfilled. Otherwise, they are "unhappy" - without really explaining why - but consider themselves part of the 75%. Close30/11/2016 #12 Mohammed SultanKevin Pashuk.I always like such light posts which feature the real meaning of success.Although each one of those titans was driven by different motives,all were able to go against the logic of many others and their unprecedented success took place in the framework of their high expectations about their business.
They have achieved spectacular success not because of their core skills or experience or qualification ,but because they have the passion ,the will and the motivation to keep going and not to regress to mediocrity or spectacular failure.I wonder whether those people have applied their own creativity or have been inspired by Aristotle when he quoted-success is a state concerned with choice,laying in a mean and being determined by reason and practical wisdom.30/11/2016 #10 Kevin PashukThanks for the kind words April. Conversations over coffee (or other beverages) tend to work for me. Taking on serious issues without getting too serious is my intent. There's enough esoteric things out there that will give you brain blisters. My writing won't be part of that.
- Producer20/07/2016The way of the contrarian...I was reminded a couple of days ago that I am a contrarian; it was not the first time and usually not meant as a compliment. For those not familiar with the word, a contrarian is a person who takes an opposite or different position from other people...
Comments04/02/2017 #61 Mohammed SultanAs a facilitators, it has always been easy for me during any groupthink or brainstorming sessions to spot contrarians, as they are the ones who usually go against the main current of their organizations.They are clear about what they do well and can apply their knowledge and skills in a broad range of business situations.
Unlike many others who are conformed to "one line track of thinking", contrarians believe that the smartest route between two points is not necessarily a straight line as most people think.They think that straight lines rarely take them to where they want to go.
When I conducted SWOT analysis for those people I often founded them ,unlike others,have a "reverse thinking".They start talking about "threats and risks" before expecting any rewards.I strongly believe in their capabilities as they often look at their role as a responsibility,not an opportunity.
Contrarians need to be spotted and rewarded because they are the ones who usually strike a healthy balance of any effective groupthink.Successful groupthink always end up with a "win-lose" situation among its members because contrarians always have interests and positions that might have never been concealed.03/02/2017 #60 Devesh BhattBias is generated through presumptive labelling.
Like water on rock the majority persist with a word, in this case contrarian and wait for the person to lose consistency.
Soon the focus is not conversation but consistency and if the so called contrarian surrenders to this world view and also focuses on consistency, the possibility of becoming biased becomes even more evident.
How convenient it is to name one contrarian and avoid the acceptance of Bias among all.
Soon an objective person is brainwashed into being a biased contrarian.
This story has a contrarian elder, a position of authority, what if it was the junior most in the hierarchy?16/11/2016 #58 Vincent AndrewI see a contrarian in myself, often disagreeing with what I hear in meetings or suggesting something different from what's being offered. I agree this is a critical role to challenge groupthink. My ideas may not be liked by all but they offer people a different way of thinking. Thanks Graham for this.25/10/2016 #56 Jackie PantalianoAfter a visit to Salem, MA this weekend, with the reminder about the hysteria of the Salem witch trials and all who went along with them, as well as thinking back to all who followed Hitler, recalling those who defended slavery and believed women should not have the right to vote, I applaud this article and viewpoint. If the contrarians hadn't pushed through in all of these instances I shudder to think where we'd be today. Actually, the frightening thing is, you could say, that Trump hearkens back to those days and those followers. Great article.23/10/2016 #54 Deb🐝 LangeHow great that you found a story to represent this practice. I absolutely agree we need to listen to people who see the world with different eyes, who sense different perspectives, who feel different energies. This is where the gold lies - in the intersections between what is commonly known and a new window, opening into new perspectives.06/10/2016 #49 James O'ConnellGood story and good point. I think I too am a contrarian though I never heard that term before now. I seen it more as being a critical thinker and as such when a room agrees on something without exploring all the perspectives available, including imagined, alarms sound (' ' ,)06/10/2016 #43 Harvey LloydI have always understood that we do not live on a one dimensional plane. There are always two sides to the coin. "Contrarian" describes the other side of the coin. Regardless of which side it's always the opposite. I believe that Attorneys consistently build the other attorneys case before working on their own. This is probably why people don't enjoy the experience. They have to listen to what the other attorney is going to do.
Great piece @Graham🐝 Edwards. But until we discover that we do live on a one dimensional plane i always want to know what's on the other side.
- Producer18/11/2016The Most Challenging Aspect of Leadership?I am currently working with a client in Saudi Arabia conducting a couple of courses on Leadership and Interpersonal Communications, so far it’s been an incredible experience. The timing has meant that I have not had time (or energy – jet lag can...
Comments18/11/2016 #1 Harvey LloydYou have illuminated an area of leadership that skills dont help. Perseverance, self-awareness and courage are the character traits we need to pull back and clear our minds. The era of Bobby Fisher and the chess playing between Russia and America spawned the movie. The coach during a dramatic scene wiped all the pieces from the board and asked Mr. Fisher to see the board.
Sometimes we do get into the rabbit hole and forget why we are there or maybe get to far away from the team. Resetting once a week to know why we do what we do is a great habit.
Steven Covey calls this sharpening the saw. His simple story of two men sawing away at a tree when a woodsman approaches and watches them for a few hours is a metaphor for this concept. The woodsman asks, Why dont you stop and sharpen the saw? No time is the response.
When your answer is you are to busy to most anything, you might need to sharpen the saw. Thanks for the reminder @John Whitehead.
- Producer11/11/2016Leadership vs Management – Encourager!There is a certain quote uttered by one of the US presidential candidates that keeps coming back to me. Perhaps you can guess which one said it. “I am a great leader; I tell people what to do and they do it”. I cringe every time I hear that quote...
- Producer11/11/2016The power of networking!Over the past few weeks I've been asked by a number of my clients about the importance of networking. How to balance an offline strategy with communicating a personal brand online have been questions raised, in addition to when and how often?For me...
Comments14/11/2016 #5 Kevin Pellon@Simon Gray great share! It's extremely important to continue to network, especially considering all the social media platforms, like @Javier 🐝 beBee had provided us. The opportunities are endless and the reach is amazing!
Networking has changed, but in my opinion still a valid art on how to be noticed! Being prepared when you do this is very key! Know who your networking to and do your homework!