“We talked the same language but we were all saying different things.”
This is the verbatim comment of an HR Executive at a tech company. We worked with this client to give their future growth plans wings, co-creating a leadership blueprint aligned to strategy, backed up by metrics and succession plans. The exec went on to tell us:
“I think we did not realise how misaligned the team was, and how far we were from the common goal.”
This work struck a real chord with us. We have been wondering exactly how many potentially game-changing leadership teams fall short of amazing impact because of the challenge of ‘talking the same language but saying different things’.
Are you talking the same language yet saying different things in your leadership team?
Part of the ALT (Adapt Learn Thrive) To Reboot Leadership Series
If you have worked with us before, you will know that at LGIT Smart Solutions we make meaning through delivering quality learning experiences that uplift and build profitable businesses and communities. So when South African trend and innovation strategist and Singularity University Faculty Member John Sanei published a book that promised to explain how to innovate your business so as to make a positive impact on millions if not billions of people, we were understandably interested to know more. In “What’s your moonshot”, Sanei throws out a critical challenge to us, and we have used it as a frame for this blog: Are you a victim or an architect of the future?
Moonshot, or 10x thinking, involves setting audacious goals. Moonshots drive the breakthroughs that signal the nascence of new industry leaders, as well as the demise of old industry stalwarts. New 10x thinkers cut down established traditional players through technological breakthroughs but also through business model shifts. In the case of Kodak, their moonshot of digital photography produced a 10x change that resulted in their own economic failure. The good news is that the future need not be a scary story. Continue reading
Getting to grips with the exponential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, sooner rather than later, should be a priority for every leader no matter what business they are in. In our last post in the ALT to Reboot Leadership Series, we noted how cyber-physical systems, automation and the Internet of Things are combining to create exponential growth for businesses. Here is a bit more detail on the factors at play in a 4.0 system:
* People, devices, machines and sensors connect and communicate
* Virtual copies of the physical world are created, allowing for better contextualisation of information
* Technical assistance helps humans with decisions and tasks that are difficult or dangerous
* Autonomous decision making (decentralising decisions) starts with simple decisions being taken by cyber-physical systems.
The skills and experience to implement these systems are severely lacking. Organisations have what the World Economic Forum calls a ‘triple investment’ to make in reskilling: reskilling at-risk workers, upskilling the broader workforce and building structures for a learning organisation.
Given our focus in the leadership space, in this blog we wanted to lift out a set of requirements for leaders that resonate strongly for us, defined by Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, Richard Jolly.
1. Communication – that is effective and authentic in a world of information overload and hype
2. Reflection – to pause and make sense of what sometimes seems like chaos around us, and to learn from what we observe so that we apply it to the next ‘round’ Continue reading
What are your values?
Everyone wants to be able to say: ‘I do what I love and I love what I do.’ However, very few people can actually make this statement congruently. You truly say this when you are operating according to your highest values and you have accepted that along the journey you are willing to embrace equal amounts of pain and pleasure in order to achieve what you want. Only then, can you congruently say: “I do what I love and I love what I do” otherwise it is a fantasy!
All the decisions we make in our lives are based on our own, individual hierarchy of values. Your personal values system refers to your own, unique values that are specific only to you and are demonstrated daily in your life. Only when you are aligned with your values in every area of your life, do you feel fulfilled and content.
However, your personal value system which we are referring to here is not what society generally denotes as ‘values’ as they are not moral codes of existence but rather individualised responses to the world around us.
At LGIT Smart Solutions, we can help you to determine your individual hierarchy of values and teach you how to link your values in order to fulfil your goals and aspirations. You can experience a life filled with purpose and inspiration if you know what you want and you can only know what you want to achieve, if you know your personal hierarchy of values!
Attend our 1-day workshop and learn how to:
- Understand what makes you tick and determine your individual hierarchy of values
- Set realistic goals aligned with your values in every area of your life
- Link these goals to your purpose
- Learn to link your individual values to specific job roles and responsibilities, plus the mission and vision of your workplace in order to maximise employee engagement
- Learn how to talk into other people’s values to improve communication
Reference from one of our corporate customers who put their entire leadership and sales team on this workshop:
“LGIT facilitated an enlightening session at our Sales Indaba last week. The objective of the session was to get people to really understand their true values and then to link it to the companies mission and vision. This objective and a lot more was met with the team leaving there with a lot to think about and reflect on their personal as well as professional lives.
Thanks for an amazing session – it is highly recommended.”
Sophie Hasell – Sales Lead at Mint Management Technologies
Connect with us to receive further information or register on this workshop.
Instead of a “Gap Year”, attend our “Mind the Gap” programme and get clear on what you want to do with your life.
Matriculants from all over South Africa will receive their results on 5th January 2018. Today the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has reported a 98.76% matric pass rate for 2017. Yet the unemployment of the youth in South Africa is an endemic problem despite the improving matriculation rate.
Today the decision on what to do after matric seems like an overwhelming decision for many matriculants.
At LGIT Smart Solutions our “Mind the Gap” programme is aimed to help young adults get clear on their purpose, ensure that their career / study choice is aligned with their values, and gain workplace readiness skills.
For programme details or to register online go to www.lgit.joburg/gap.
The contemporary business environment is a place of constant changes, with diverse personalities and points of view each striving to establish some kind of dominance in a continuously competitive space.
It’s a pressure cooker of stress, under which the ever urgent demand to deliver best practice and service is to perform, consistently. It’s a highly complex and ambiguous setting, one in which, we spend more and more of our time, with less and less distinction between career and life.
We are accelerating into a life/work future with more uncertainty than ever before.