Most business owners I’ve come across approach their business from the bottom up… “Where’s the problem in my business and how am I going to fix it?”
This is great, sometimes.
Recently I was running a session in my Board of Directors course when it became very clear that the conversation was being approached from the wrong direction, and while people were really engaged in the detailed conversation we couldn’t create a strategy from the bottom up.
We shifted the conversation to simply ask:
- What are we aiming for?
- Is the current market big enough to achieve this?
- What is the best strategy to achieve it?
Within half an hour we’d sketch out a strategy that could never have been created from the bottom up.
There’s a place for both types of thinking, but bottom up only works after some effective top down.
I run a course called Board of Directors. Business owners join me for two days every three months and we go deep on their businesses, and their own personal psychology.
Recently we got some HR people in to help us improve our professional development program at MedRecruit.
People often talk about the impact they want to have… In the future.
After a crisis, most people aim to get back to the state they were in before the crisis.
Recently the World Medical Association ratified a change to the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors worldwide, to include the health and wellbeing of doctors.
I was recently speaking to a group of corporates.
And I had to smile.
I speak to a lot of groups of people AND Purpose is something that I’m big on, and it invariably leads to someone asking the question, “I don’t know what I want to do. What should I do?”
“When is it giving up, and when is it changing direction?” is a question I get asked a lot.
Some people like beer.
Some people like wine.
Recently I was fortunate to attend a good friend of mine’s wedding in Bali. He’s a partner at a well-known law firm in Singapore, and many of the attendees were merchant bankers, venture capitalists and other people in the finance space.