What influence do you really have?
It's said that leadership is in large part about influence. The influence a leader can have to help others grow, come together for a joint mission, and believe in possibilities ahead. If you think you are a leader inside and outside of the workplace, it is sometimes useful to do an audit. Do your daily rituals influence others? Many people spend their time with their face in a phone. What influence could this person have? Taking calls at the dinner table, driving and checking their phone, being distracted by their social feed during a conference. Audit yourself as a leader and ask are these the actions, rituals and routines of someone who is inspiring. Are these the habits and rituals you want to be mirrored back to you at home or work? Is what you see in your mirror of truth likely to influence others in a positive way? I guess you could also ask, is your influence positive or negative? I have sat on boards with leaders who have certainly influenced me…and it was not positive. Sadly due to the standards some leaders keep, the ones who truly change you by their actions, standards, rituals and routines are few and far between. © GB
Change It Up
Rituals are an essential part of every high performer's toolbox. It seems to be a commonality of those who get the right stuff done to get the right result. Ryan Munsey, the host of The Better Human Project podcast, changed his morning rituals when writing his last book. In my interview with Ryan he said that his normal ritual did not give him the environment to create. So he made a change. The same thing happened last month in Japan when I went away on holidays. Being in a different city with different surroundings pushed me to create a new routine. Rituals - whether morning or evening - ensure you focus on the right things, the things that genuinely matter to YOU. Many successful people have a morning or evening ritual for when they are home and have a separate set of rituals when they are on the road travelling. I believe one of the most powerful things about rituals is the ability to focus on what you want and need to do and to eliminate what you do not want to do. © GB
Can We Slow Time?
Often we hear statements like - time flies or can we slow the hands of time? It's a question that has intrigued me for some time. Recently in Japan, I was browsing a department store when an announcement was made that the store was closing. As I was one of the last to leave the store, I noticed the store staff going to the front of their department and bowing. It was a way to signal and pay thanks to the day. Creating a moment in the day could be a way to slow time down. As the year goes on, you remember the passing of time by the significant moments you created - holidays, weddings, wins and losses. Why not create a moment every day? Most of us awake to a social feed, rush through breakfast and head out the door into a blur of meetings, emails, messages and posts. Many of us power through the day and end it with our phones in our fist, only to get some shut-eye before we do it all again the next day. At the start or end of the day pause for 20 seconds to reflect, give thanks, consider the highlights, appreciate the fact that you are above the dirt. While in Hawaii at sunset, the empty beach suddenly became full. As the sun dropped below the horizon, I heard people cheering and applauding. They're showing their gratitude and appreciation for a day gone by. © GB
Break The Formula
If you have not absorbed the incredible life and business lessons from Academy Award-winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody, then diarise to find it and watch it. Queen were discussing their next album, "we don't want to repeat ourselves, the same formula over and over." The EMI boss replies "Formulas work, let's stick with the formula, I like formulas." In today's business environment, if you stick to your industry formula, you could be dead in the water. Today's disruptors don't follow formulas; they find them and eat them to create a new category. Don't accept how it's always been done. Don't accept the proven method. The last word goes to Freddie, "formulas are a complete and utter waste of time." Audit all of your company formulas and imagine new possibilities.