Being a great problem solver gives you that competitive advantage in the workplace. Being someone others rely on to help find solutions, is powerful. Now imagine if you also had a reputation for being a problem finder. You would be the person who can identify a problem before the world sees it — the person who can sniff out an opportunity for an unsolved issue. The solution could disrupt an industry and completely change the direction of your category. Problem finders are people who are open, looking and listening to the problems that others ignore. Being a problem finder has its essence in curiosity. It is the person who asks the beautiful questions that unlocks the problems that no one else can see. To be a problem finder you need to be inquisitive, take time to listen, ponder, and question everything. If you can encourage a child to be a problem finder, you will set their course in life no matter what they choose to pursue. While others avoid problems, be the one to see them and then ask the critical questions to solve them. © GB
Dwell In The Present
How present are you with your family and friends? When you are sitting at the dinner table, are you present or absent? At a conference, are you present or absent? When you watch your child play sport from the sidelines, are you present or absent? It is such a profound question to have at the front of your mind. It reminds us to be in the moment, work on what matters, be our best, and contribute to the here and now. Often when I work one-to-one with people on the phone, their mind is absent. You can hear them doing something else or feel when they are distracted and checking email. You often see people in meetings and conferences not present; instead, they check their social feed and read emails. To be in the moment and truly present will change your ability to be disciplined, focused, and get more done. You will be more interesting to be around, and ultimately attract more love from those around you when they know you are present in their world. Quite often it’s not just what’s being said, it’s what’s not being said - and that you can only pick up when you are present. © GB
Business is a marathon. Life is a marathon. So what does the world's greatest marathon runner have to share about performing at your best? As the best of all time, Eliud Kipchoge has countless opportunities to make media appearances and live the life of a celebrity. He prefers a modest lifestyle with a singular focus on running. This, he says, makes him happy. “In life, the idea is to be happy, So I believe in a calm, simple, low-profile life. You live simple, you train hard, and live an honest life. Then you are happy.” That life takes daily discipline, focus, and eradication of distractions. It takes planning each day with real intention. Allocate your time and plan around it before you start each day. What will I do, what won’t I get distracted by, what matters, and what brings me the greatest joy? If what you do day after day does not tick these boxes, maybe exit visas are imminent. © GB
The Humble Old Lady
A little old lady and her friend walked up to our Ridgeline beef stand at the local farmer's markets to buy sausages. She said they were delicious and asked how we sold them. They come in a pack of six, roughly half a kilo. Her friend asked whether she could buy just three as she felt there was no way her friend could get through a whole packet. Of course, no problem I said as I opened the bag and wrapped up three for her. The surprise, delight, and genuine appreciation that we would open a full packet to help her out made my day. Both this lady and her friend were so thankful, and everyone was happy. The lady walked away and stopped about 5 m from the stand and look back to wave and say thank you so much. She asked, "am I able to do this again next month?" When I said yes, she beamed with a big smile and looked stoked. An old farmer standing next to our bbq said that the lady is a multimillionaire, she could buy your property with hundred dollar bills. There was such a great lesson in humility, how the simple things in life can bring such pleasure, and how you really can never judge a book by its cover. Imagine the stories that old lady could tell.