Harvard talk purpose

This retreat addresses the single most important aspect of strategy.

And you don’t have to take my word for it.  Cynthia Montgomery runs the world renowned Harvard strategy course called Entrepreneur, Owner, President - EOP.

She says, ‘Every concept of strategy that has entered the conversation of business managers – sustainable competitive advantage, positioning, differentiation, added value, even the firm effect - flows from purpose’.*


Hypnosis and everyday business language

Dr Milton Erickson is famous in the history of hypnosis and its clinical applications.

Erickson discovered that he could lead you into trance without any formal induction by telling stories.  Stories that engage the curiosity of your unconscious mind.


Clean hearts but dirty hands ...

‘You can restore trust in your strategic leadership.’  

I am not suggesting there is a problem with the trust or quality of strategic leadership in your business.  But there is in most.  And it’s under the radar.  So it’s worth knowing about.

It is probably the single biggest issue in organisations today.  And much of the damage is self-inflicted.

As you know, business news feeds tell us stories of bribery, mis-selling, and inflated executive packages unrelated to performance.


You will get at least five years warning of a scandal

'All of the major scandals have occurred with the full knowledge of management that this was a concern and had been a concern in that organisation for about five and a half years before the scandal ever broke' 

(Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of International Management Development at Cranfield.)

As you probably know, the gap between strategic thinking and the collective action of hearts and minds is a common problem today.

Andrew explains this is not about the quality of your thinking, your diversity, or your people.


Clarify your thinking, transform your performance

As you know - as chief executive - you have a responsibility to both develop and articulate strategy.  This workshop does both.  It will clarify your thinking and transform your performance.

“I am a key decision maker in my organisation, and sometimes it is important to think about that role and whether I am making the right decisions, for the right reasons, in the most productive way.”


How do you get buy-in?

If you are having trouble getting buy-in then it’s possible that you haven’t created enough room for the success of others.

'There is massive room here for people to buy in to the same goal.’
Sean Tompkins, Chief Executive RICS

Of course, this may not apply to you.  You may have a natural gift.  But it is a common problem all the same.

What I’m about to tell you is a secret hidden in full view.  It’s obvious but it took me forty years to work it out.


Thank you ...

This is to thank you for reading my emails during 2013.  They are supposed to be a help and support for things you already know but may sometimes forget.

New brain science is often used to explain the ideas.  But that’s not the heart of the matter.

You already know how to make decisions and what to say when it really counts.

But – if you are anything like me – sometimes it’s a bit cloudy.

And sometimes I wonder where true north really is … or if I ever knew.


How can The Beatles help you with strategy?

The Beatles sold 2,303,500,000 albums according to Apple Records 7.23.2012 - more than any other artist. But what do these numbers have to do with you? The short answer is connected to your brain. Let me explain. The Beatles were able to make connections with lots of people - over 2 billion people bought an album. And this genius is closer than we think. Modern brain science is showing us that the electrical connections in your head are stimulated in different ways and different places.


Your executive brain

You have probably been taught that the brain is where the action is. But, while the brain does have an electromagnetic field, it is relatively weak compared to the heart. ‘’The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body. The electrical field as measured in an electrocardiogram (ECG) is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an electroencephalogram (EEG)." Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. Physics now tells us that if we can change either the electric or magnetic field of an atom, we literally change that atom and its elements within our body.


New thought leadership

As you probably know, feeling is the new thought leadership. (Your body and your nervous system agree. And research in brain science is now providing the evidence for this natural order.) And it’s not about feelings either. But they are your juice – and a gateway to more compelling intelligence.
So, if you want more … and you want to feel good about it at the same time … it’s upside down.