Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Enemy of Greatness is Security

Without realising it, very often our businesses are most vulnerable when things are going really well.  You could be thinking what a mad statement to make but in business we sometimes take it easy when targets are being reached and profits achieved. A sense of complacency can creep in.

I was recently speaking at a conference in Ireland; my opening line was ‘nothing fails like success’. At first I could see the shocked faces in the audience and then I went on to speak about the Celtic Tyre years where business boomed. Recently Ireland has and currently is experiencing some lean times, yet very often the lean times can be the best of times because it makes each of us stop, step back and re-look at everything we currently do.

When leaders step back and simplify, very often the hunger in the belly relights again and it fires up our enthusiasm to move forward and take a risk.

Four Lessons on Why the Enemy of Greatness is Security:
  • In 2011 there is no security except the security of knowing that when you fail, learn the lesson and get up again.
  • Complacency stunts business and personal growth.
  • The hunger in the belly is the key to enthusiasm.
  • Step back and take a fresh look at everything you do.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Leaders are Born to Climb

One of my favourite authors is Krishnamurti and in one of his books he talks about mountain people and valley people. He explains that we are all born into the valley of life. We grow up in the valley and very often as we grow and develop, we feel that silent voice say ‘climb you were born to climb’ yet we meet many people who tell us to not climb, sit still and play small.

Every now and then as we grow older, we often see people leave the valley and head for the mountains. They have followed their call and when you ask people where they are going, often the response will be ‘forget the mountains, you might never come back’ and yet deep inside the silent voice says climb.

As I write this blog, you might be a leader who left the valley and is now living on the mountain of life.  You listened to the inner voice and took action, went for the mountain and half way up built the lonely house with the picket fence and the chickens pecking in the garden. If you are that person, Krishnamurti’s advice is knock down the house, kill the chickens, listen to the silent voice, it’s calling you to climb again.

You are a leader born to climb.

Four Lessons about the Climb:
  • If you are currently in the valley of your life, stop, turn inwards and listen to your inner voice. It is telling you to leave the valley and climb.
  • Turn off the outside noise of other’s opinions and trust your own voice.
  • If you are half way up the mountain and life has become stagnant, listen to the inner voice and know you were born to climb.
  • Do something different and start the climb again.

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