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This week I had the pleasure of facilitating the second of three strategy sessions with Zero Positive, using The Strategy Book as a resource.
In our first session, last month, we addressed the most important strategy question of all, “What is really going on here?” We sensed the environment and looked beyond the horizon to paint a clear and at times bleak picture of our world’s repeated feeble attempts to address climate change.
Our second session yesterday addressed the second most important strategy question, “What are our options?”
Working individually and then in groups we fleshed out some cool options for the business. Creative juices were still flowing today when one of the group members shared an idea she had overnight for creating a climate friendly kitchen and inviting Al Gore to share a meal with Zero Positive’s Founders, Alliance Partners, and Volunteers.
She also shared that she has been reading a great book called...
Be a better captain of your ship.
Tip the scales on your ship from 'what just happened' to 'we make things happen.’
The Strategy Book will help you be like ‘Jack Sparrow on Steroids.’
In today's ever-changing business oceans, the word 'strategy' may have lost some appeal. But with constant storms and increasing digital connectivity, a well-crafted strategy is more critical than ever.
Don't let past painful strategy adventures deter you. The key to success in navigating the waves lies in cultivating a Strategic Mindset.
Education through action is the key to learning! The Strategy Book provides dozens of seaworthy illustrations, insights, activities and ideas to help you excel in business.
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Too many business owners run into trouble because they don't do strategy well or do strategy at all. In this podcast, I unpack the six steps needed to create a strategic mindset. Additionally, I discuss smart ways to grow your workforce and navigate the future.
Last week Shontel Ashurst from the Townsville Chamber graciously hosted me at the Mercure and created this podcast. She kindly wrote:
"It was lovely working with you John. Thank you for the strategy book; I've already started reading it and taking notes. John, you effortlessly connected and engaged with our audience. The feedback from our members was overwhelmingly positive, and your entertaining and informative presentation equipped us with the steps to future-proof our businesses. Your professionalism and knowledge on strategy are insightful and long-lasting. I will be sure to recommend you to all future clients."
We're doing a little happy dance because we're moving offices!
We're not just moving down the road; we're stepping up another 10 floors and setting up shop at the extraordinary Standard Building at 15 Manning Street, South Brisbane.
Our new offices are perched above the world-famous LUNE designer croissant outlet.
We'll start our workday surrounded by the irresistible aroma of freshly baked croissants, which we'll happily share with our clients.
Our new space also boasts jaw-dropping 360-degree views of beautiful Brisbane.
Whenever we need a little inspiration or a breather from our busy day, we'll step onto the terrace and feel like we're on top of the world.
A big thank you to the Emporium Hotel Concierge and Catering Teams for being an amazing chapter in our journey over the last 5 years.
My triumphant completion of the Brisbane Marathon last weekend filled me with an overwhelming sense of joy and accomplishment.
A few hours earlier, as I stood at the start line, surrounded by fellow runners ready to tackle the 42.195 km journey, something caught my attention.
Beside me was a runner unlike the others - he was barefoot!
I couldn't help but be amazed. How could someone even contemplate running a full marathon without shoes?
Memories flooded my mind of Abebe Bikila, the Ethiopian runner who made history in 1960. Thrust into the race at the last minute as a replacement for an injured athlete, Abebe decided to embrace the challenge and run the marathon barefoot.
And what a decision it turned out to be!
Not only did he secure victory, but he also set a new world record, leaving spectators in awe. The sheer audacity and determination of his barefoot accomplishment remain etched in my mind as the siren for the race start sounded.
There is a vast array of options we have...
When leaders approach me after a speaking engagement, their eyes brimming with excitement, I am filled with a profound sense of connection.
As a passionate motivational speaker and author, there is no greater satisfaction than witnessing the enthusiasm and engagement of leaders who have just heard me speak at a conference. I love to surprise and delight my audiences while unpacking the steps needed to create a strategic mindset, build future perspectives and shape a brighter future.
After many of my talks, there is often an opportunity to connect with individual audience members, to learn about their trials and successes. I cherish hearing their inspiring journeys. Through their victories, I am reminded of the limitless potential within each of us.
It is in these moments that selling copies of my books and signing them with a personalised note of encouragement becomes much more than a mere transaction; it becomes a heartfelt exchange and a catalyst for change. We shape each...
I am excited to be speaking up north in Townsville.
Michael Kern and his team at the Townsville Chamber are hosting a unique business lunch and have kindly invited me to speak.
My talk will focus on the practical steps needed to develop a strategic mindset, including gaining a broader perspective on the future and how a strategic mindset can be used to promote mental resilience and greater health.
All of us are facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities in 2023. To meet these changes, I will be sharing, stories, knowledge, and tools to help business leaders become more effective and strategic.
We will learn to recognise cognitive biases, anticipate future trends, build strong relationships with stakeholders and achieve better results.
When I arrived to speak to Morton Bay business leaders at the Sandstone Point Hotel on Friday, every table had a sign placed by my host, the Caboolture Chamber.
The sign read: "A Strategic Mindset is essential in today's business world where disruption is constant."
The idea of a strategic mindset is an idea worth spreading.
It was an honour to speak to the Caboolture Chamber. They certainly know how to organize a fun event and create a fantastic learning environment – so much laughter and learning over the hour.
Even though the Caboolture Chamber is still relatively new in the Chamber of Commerce realm, they are already filled with enthusiastic and dedicated community leaders, such as Morton Bay Councillor Adam Hain, Paul Garcia, Chamber Relationship Manager from Business Chamber Queensland, and Yvonne Rinaldi, Principal of Caboolture Montessori School, as well as dozens of business owners and managers, like Marissa Austin, Operations Manager from ETC Ltd. I was truly...
I am excited to be part of Moreton Bay's celebration of Small Business Month.
Naomi Spence and her team at the Greater Caboolture Chamber of Commerce are hosting a unique business lunch and have kindly invited me to speak.
My talk will focus on the practical steps needed to develop a strategic mindset, including gaining a broader perspective on the future. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of my best-selling book, The Strategy Book.
All of us are facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities in 2023. To meet these changes, I will share knowledge and tools to help you become more effective and strategic leaders. You'll learn to recognise cognitive biases, anticipate future trends, build strong relationships with stakeholders and achieve better results.
This business lunch is Friday 19 May at The Cellar in the Sandstone Point Hotel.
Last tickets on sale today and tomorrow.
The event is being generously supported by Moreton...