It was such a treat to go back to school this week. The Geelong College, my alma mater, invited me to speak to one hundred and fifty graduating students this week on human potential, the world of work, and finding the ideal career. The students were well informed. They had questions around cognition, AI, and how they should be approaching the next decade of their lives. I shared that our twenties are a great time to work on exploring and then building solid foundations. We agreed that foundations for life, career and a primary partner relationship were essential, but as some of the girls pointed out, not necessarily in that order!
Agility can be a powerful asset for small players and one a Judo student must learn. Being quick helps neutralize competitive threats posed by larger players. Being balanced helps us absorb counter moves by more off-balanced giants, which in turn gives us leverage to use their strengths against them! Former Southwest Airlines Chief, Herb Kelleher passed away this year, but his lessons about strategy live on. Herb said, "If you think and act big, you will grow smaller. If you think an act small, you will grow bigger." Southwest gained market share by targeting the smaller regional airport hubs and leaving the larger and congested airports to the already entrenched larger airlines. Southwest also gained market share with its "bags fly free" strategy. A strategy that larger airlines could not match, as they relied on it for short term cash flow.
I really enjoyed my interactive keynote The Power of Interpersonal Influence to the Institute of Managers of Leadership Speakers Forum last week in Creek Street. Big thanks to Tim Bevan (pictured) for being a super host and filling the room with a great bunch of highly motivated public speakers. Photo: Trevor Simon Photography