I'm a leadership futurist which means I'm looking for business trends and how they will impact how we need to be to lead.
But often the trends seem really BIG. Yes, you like the idea of Agile or Teal or AI but how can you make an impact when these concepts seem to require a massive change at the heart of business?
In this episode I talk through some of the trends I've been nattering about lately and then how you, as an individual, can start to make a difference by turning your attention inward. That's where all change begins anyway.
AND - Can you find the odd man out in the photo for this week's episode? Look carefully, something or someone is hiding in there...
Author, speaker and Canada's first Coach of the Year, Michael Bungay Stanier, is my guest today on the show.
And we're talking Coaching! I always say that leaders listen and that they particularly listen to the stuff they don't want to hear. Well, in this podcast Michael shares a few of the most important questions you can ask so that you can sit back and do some listening.
In this way, by adopting a coach-approach, you move in to the role of "creating the space" rather than fixing all the problems. You're able to help others become leaders rather than having to drive everything yourself and you get to be exposed to ideas, perspectives and solutions that are new to you.
Best-selling author Michael is so easy to listen to and he's made coaching something that anyone can do...and something anyone who claims to be a leader needs to prioritise.
His new book - The Coaching Habit: Say less, ask more and change the way you lead forever - is on Amazon and available through all good book-sellers NOW!
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We're so used to working the way we work - specific hours, sitting behind a desk, holding meetings in a meeting room, having lunch at lunchtime etc. etc - that we don't really questions whether that's the only way.
This week, while visiting a client's lovely offices, I wondered why we treat work so differently to home. Why do we make our homes so relaxing, such an expression of ourselves but don't notice that our workplaces are bland, formal, highly structured and not necessarily conducive to thinking or conversation?
If our primary contribution to our company is to do a lot of activity then this might make sense. But increasingly our contribution is down to the quality of our thinking and our relationships. Why don't we think more about this when designing workplaces and designing the format of our work - when, where and how we work?
In this week's podcast I muse on some data that calls in to question how we currently work and whether it's really working for us and offer some thoughts that hopefully will spark your thinking.
Lee is a force of nature. Down to earth, humble and funny, he's also a guy who thinks and acts BIG.
He was pivotal in revolutionizing how major companies used their websites back in the late 1990s, is more recently the founder of THNK Vancouver, and his latest project is to create Bicycle Mayors in every major city in the world in order to turn the bike, a 200 year old invention, in to the transportation mode of the future.
I loved talking to Lee partly because he thinks so differently to much of the corporate world. Yet everything he talks about and the way he sees the challenges and opportunities facing business are practical and compelling. You don't have to run a small, funky tech company to be inspired by his approach - big business can get it too.
We cover everything from his co-creation of Blast Radius, a web developer that played a massive part in changing how we use and understand the power of the web, to two personal tragedies that changed the direction of his life. We talk about THNK, take a peek inside the mind of a thought-leader and inspirational thinker, question a bunch of myths about business, climate change and what kind of leaders the world needs now and explore the power of simple pleasures.
There is so much in this hour with Lee that I'm sure you'll take a lot away from it.
Stay in touch with me via twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) and email (email@example.com). And check out the new look website where you can find all the podcasts, plus articles and information about working with That People Thing. www.thatpeoplething.com
Certain behaviour just drives you nuts, doesn't it? When things don't go the way you want, when people don't behave the way you expect them to, when life doesn't go as planned it causes stress and frustration.
But when we fight reality we aren't able to resolve "what is" and instead we use all of our energy trying to make things how we want them or expect them to be.
In this episode I talk about the battle with reality and how to notice and expose it so that you can disrupt the true reality. That's leadership.
Hi folks! People sometimes come up to me after a presentation and say they could never speak like that. Well, if they knew a few simple tips - things that I've learnt along the way that make the difference and that can easily be copied - they would be able to do it too.
To prove it, I'm sharing some of the little things I do before and during a presentation that help me with nerves and that help me construct a presentation that works from the stage.
I'd love to hear your tips too. So contact me via Twitter (@blairepalmer), Instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know what you do to make a great presentation!
This week I'm speaking at the inaugural Agile Working Event in London. I'm anticipating a lot of talk about technology, processes and systems all of which are important to support an agile culture.
But the culture bit comes first. Companies that expect agility to result from policies and technology without looking at the cultural mores of their workplace will find the same issues they have today, only magnified, when they attempt to be more agile.
And whose job is it to create the culture? Leaders start. They can't do it alone, but someone has to start and by definition the people who start are the leaders.
That's what's today's episode is all about.
Please share your experiences with me on twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) or by email (email@example.com)
Wherever I go, senior people tell me they wish their people would step up and take ownership of their job. So in this week's episode I talk to Mark Fritz who is all about ownership!
I his keynote speeches and workshops he explores how to create a sense of ownership amongst your people and what that requires of leaders.
I loved talking with Mark who is full of easy to remember concepts and tips. I'm confident you'll take a lot from it too.
Stay in touch with me on twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I'm delighted to introduce you to real-life punk, Joel Vos.
Psychologist,Vos, AKA the Punk Professor, talks to me about Meaning, Mental Health and Punk. He's hugely knowledgeable and I love his academic but also very practical approach to the topic.
I hope you enjoy seeing the world through his eyes for half an hour today.
Should I do this? Shouldn't I be doing better than this? Shouldn't they listen to me? Shouldn't I have done something differently?
This episode is all about shoulds and shouldn'ts. We look at 4 different kinds of shoulds and how to deal with them.
From a leadership perspective, shoulds give you the impression that you don't have a choice, that you are duty bound to behave a certain way or that "that's just life". But shoulds are beliefs and assumptions. And true leaders don't simply accept beliefs and assumptions without first questioning them.
I hope you find this week's podcast thought-provoking. Please stay in touch via twitter (@blairepalmer), instagram (@blairelyspalmer) and email (email@example.com). And please feel free to share this podcast!!