The events in the Philippines this week took me back in time. At 22 years of age, I was playing Victorian Country Basketball for Geelong against a neighboring Ballarat Team. In the first quarter of the game, as I was running down the court after a series of fast breaks, a player from the other team lined me up and kneed me in my mid-thigh. I played on in pain and managed to run the corked feeling out of my thigh by the first break. Then to my amazement, in the second quarter, the same player lined me up coming down the other side of the court, ready to place his hand on my shoulder and knee me in my other thigh or groin. My awareness and my anger heightened quickly in the final moments before the second impact. At the last second, I placed my left hand on his rising knee to stop it, and as my left hand came back and his knee dropped, I made a fist with my right and buried it hard into his diaphragm, winding him so badly, that he had to leave the basketball court for rest of the quarter. I have played [...]
Every successful business needs three basic instincts… - A self-presentation instinct - which asks how am I? - An adaptation instinct - which asks where am I? - A connection instinct - which asks who I am with? Our potential as human beings is to have equal access to all three instincts from birth, but alas this is not what happens. In early infancy, one instinct starts to dominate. The challenge we face is that each business owner continues to favour one of these three basic instincts. Furthermore, owners drive the strongest aspect of their personality through this dominant instinct, often in an unconscious way, which eventually unhinges business effectiveness. Knowing our dominant instinct allows us to create new space for the other two instincts and helps us reduce myopic vision, raise business health and embrace the diversity necessary for successful and sustainable performance. Join John Hale, Global Conference Speaker and Strategy Expert for an entertaining interactive conversation. John will help you master your understanding of both your dominant instinctual type and the impact your personality style maybe having in the workplace. You will learn: Why Proto-analysis offers us a pathway to conscious business development. Which Basic Instinct biases your [...]
As a Strategic Thought Leader in the Legal Profession, I often hear the phrase ‘Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.’ I also notice that those sharing this message are NOT the ones charged with creating the Strategy and charting the Future of the Firm. A firm’s Culture is indeed powerful. Culture is also subject to Inertia, Entropy, and Bias; three things that interfere with the proper diagnosis, formulation, and execution of Strategy. Instead of eating Strategy, Culture can be aligned in such a way, that it serves up Strategy for Breakfast. That way your law firm will start each day eating the right stuff. Many law firms are bewildered by the new rules, that will accompany the emerging ‘deep learning’ technologies. At this time, it is critical to making sure your firm has the best people at the top, driving the strategy. Creating your firm’s Strategic Future should be the first order of business. Once the future is clear, then it will be time to align your Culture with it.