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.
I am passionate that every business needs to have a really focussed strategic plan, therefore everyone in the Board is requested to create one.
One person in Board, who has a lot of experience, has resisted. For years. But in the last quarter they have created one and now they are the business plan evangelist and their energy for their business has skyrocketed.
This could have happened years ago, but it didn’t.
I take some responsibility for this, clearly the way I showed up as the Chair didn’t drive the necessary change. I realised that I hadn’t diagnosed why the person didn’t create the plan.
There is something really important that you need to do, that you are resisting. You know what it is.
So what’s stopping you? Is it:
Lack of knowledge
Lack of belief
Uncertainty about the next step
Diagnose the reason you aren’t progressing first, then address that to make progress.
It’s worth it.
You might even become an evangelist!
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.
In summer I walked up to the Rob Roy Glacier near Wanaka.
There are two ways to find the limit.
When I was skiing professionally, I knew that standing on the edge of a cliff for longer didn’t make it any safer to drop.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine from medical school, Andy Greer. He died suddenly while working a shift at Christchurch Hospital. He was 40.