Aspirational people are always aiming high.
Modelling is a great way to learn from others. The idea is if you do what they did you’ll get similar results.
Aspirational people therefore look at people who they perceive as more successful than them, and they model what they are doing.
And herein lies the mistake…
They model what the other person is doing rather than what the other person did to get where they are now.
As a result, I see aspirational people with early-stage businesses focussing on the Corporate Social Responsibility program but neglecting their internal communications, I see aspirational people doing employee engagement testing but neglecting their recruitment and selection process, I see aspirational people focussing on Six Sigma but neglecting simple process mapping…
To get to the top, whatever that means to you, doesn’t mean jumping straight to what the people at the top are doing. By taking that approach you neglect the years, and sometimes decades, that person invested to earn the privilege to focus on what they currently get to focus on.
Getting to the top starts at the bottom.
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.