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What’s Better Today? The Flea Circus is in town

The Flea Circus was a phenomenon of the 19th century in Europe. Impressive performances viewed through a magnifying glass of fleas pulling carts, jumping hops of fire and many more. But how did they train a flea to do that? So herewith, flea training for you…

Take your flea (plenty of them in the grass outside your home at the moment) and place the flea in a jar with a glass lid. The flea will immediately try to jump. The flea is one of the most impressive jumpers in the world reaching up to 300 times its own height. The flea will bang its head on the glass lid. Then the flea will do it again and again and again until finally it ‘learns’ that jumping just short of the lid is less painful. And so, the flea stays jumping within the confines of the glass lid. Now take the lid off and the jar away…. the flea continues to jump within the confines it still ‘believes’ it is within.

Isn’t that just like being led by a less than effective leader? We soon find out just how high we can ‘jump’ without banging our head against their leadership lid. When they don’t grow as a leader, they maintain a low leadership lid and after a while of banging up against their leadership, we surrender to the idea that we can get away with mediocrity. It’s easier. We don’t perform as well as we can, we dont;t push the boundaries or even try to escape. We’re fleas caught in a jar of our leader’s making.

And what about your team members? Are they ‘banging their heads against your leadership lid’?

SMARTening up Your Goals

SMARTening up your goals – Gain your Goal Setting Advantage For far too long, consultants, trainers, gurus and leaders have been misleading us about goal setting. We keep hearing the same myth that people with written goals achieve greater success in life. I fell afoul of this story myself – after all, it came from the pages of a famous author and I’ve seen it repeated again and again – most recently in an article published by the Professional Golfers Association. The trouble is that this story becomes linked with the concept of setting SMART goals, for which there is some evidence, but written goals? So, I felt that it was time to set the record a little straighter and based on just a little bit of real research… Goal-setting is one of those things that people, it seems, are near unanimous on its importance to life, career, success, achievement. And there are a great many speakers who advocate goal-setting. The latest ‘fad’ in this is The Secret – Rhonda Byrne’s now famous TV/Film Documentary which, in a nutshell, purports that people who envision what they want will attract its actualization into their life. Now, I’m not going to detract from this appealing idea because there is something in it – but it isn’t new by any means, it’s been written in the Bible for several hundred years. There are others including Zig Ziglar and Anthony Robbins – both of whom quote an oft-used story about the effectiveness of goal-setting: This is the Yale Study of 1953 – some say it is Harvard, and some challenge the year – it matters not, since the study is an urban myth. Let me remind you of […]

The Real War for Talent

The war is not to find talent; it’s to use the talent you have already.

The search for talent is ongoing. Individuals seek to develop their talents, companies seek to identify talent and retain it, succession planning requires it, politicians plan for it, and the world wants to find it. But what is it?

I was having dinner at a friend’s home and the subject came up because their 11 year old son had recently brought home his school report card which stated from his art teacher: ” talent is yet to be fully developed.” His mother, always one for a quick tongue responded “His only talent is making excuses for not doing his homework.”

The young boy sat at the table grimacing and whilst his mum meant it in jest, there was an element of truth in it. I said “I see a glittering future as a political spin-doctor.” The boy’s eyes lit up. This so-called talent had a purpose.

The word “talent” is bandied around for so many things and we don’t always truly understand what is meant by “talent”. So to the trusty dictionary…
Talent: innate mental or artistic aptitude (as opposed to acquired ability); less than genius.
So what is innate?
Innate: existing in one from birth; inborn; native: innate musical talent.
Now, my core business is experiential training and a behaviouralist, so if talent cannot be acquired… Better find a better definition…
Talent: natural ability to do something well.
‘That nasty word ‘natural’
Natural: based on the state of things in nature; constituted by nature: Growth is a natural process.
The Thesaurus, always illuminating, and find ‘talent’ associated with words like ‘ability’, ‘ ‘adeptness’, ‘adroitness’, ‘charisma’, ‘facility’, ‘gift’, ‘knack’, ‘wisdom’, ‘gumption’, ‘capacity’, ‘brilliance’ and ‘genius’

Is it seems that you […]

Aptitude + Attitude = Altitude

Aptitude + Attitude = Altitude

Technical aptitude alone is insufficient

Jimmy Connors, winner of 109 professional singles tennis titles says “There’s a thin line between being #1 or #100 and mostly it’s mental.”

In his well-researched book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman shows that it’s our attitude more than our aptitude that determines our altitude. Whilst our society lauds intellectual giants and power, Goleman’s research concludes, “At best, IQ contributes about 20 percent to the factors that determine life success, which leaves 80 percent to other forces.” Other EQ researchers, Robert Cooper and Ayman Sawaf consider this too conservative. In their book, Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations, they write, “— IQ may be related to as little as 4 percent of real-world success — over 90 percent may be related to other forms of intelligence — it is emotional intelligence, not IQ or raw brain power alone, that underpins many of the best decisions, the most dynamic and profitable organizations, and the most satisfying and successful lives. Malcolm Higgs and Vic Dulewicz set out to disprove this “faddish idea” relenting after their own research that actually, Emotional Intelligence is of far greater importance than IQ and something they term “management quotient”.

There’s a growing consensus in the academic and popular literature that our attitude and our mindset are more important than our technical capability that make a difference to our success. As Zig Ziglar puts it, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

Difference makers have a better attitude

Consider all the things that Tiger could use as an excuse at the 2008 US Open:

Hadn’t played in a competition for 2 months

Recent knee operation – reduced fitness

Further damaged knee on swing during the tournament

Highly skilled and […]

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