February 24, 2018

Archives for December 2012

Best wishes for 2013, and who are you going to be?

Leadership talk by David FraserIf you’re setting your goals for the coming year and beyond, you might find it helps to consider who you are going to be as well as what you are going to do, or how exactly you are going to be present to other people. At first sight, you might say, “well, of course, I’m just going to be myself,” but there’s a little more to it than that.

You see…

Who you are now might (as I’ve said before) be a shadow of your future self. You could choose to be yourself as you anticipate becoming, not as you are now.

If you hesitate to take that step, try asking yourself if you would give yourself permission if you were 70 (or 80, or 90). In other words, as your sense of time changes, does it seem more important to do what you know you could choose?

If so, why not choose it now?

I’ve decided to make available the notes (6 pages) from a talk on the keys to leadership I gave recently. In particular, the notes include specific and ground-breaking insights into how to get organisations to learn and change and increase their performance, which, of course, doesn’t happen by accident, and much more.

You can get the notes with the insights the audience found thought-provoking by email here…


Thank you for your support and interest this year and best wishes for 2013.

Who benefits from your questions: You or the person you ask?

Family sitting outdoorsIn conversation, we commonly think the quality of a question is judged by the information gained and its usefulness to the questioner.

But maybe that isn’t right…

Perhaps the quality of a question really depends on how the person of whom it is asked works with the question and its usefulness to them; how well it sets them off on a journey of exploration.

That might benefit us more, funnily enough.

It helps us if we focus on the other person and how we can serve them. Then things flow. This is true with colleagues, customers, suppliers, bosses, subordinates and, of course, with family and friends.

A seasonal thought perhaps…

Make it about them.

If you’re taking a break over the next couple of weeks, have a good one. Thank you for your support and interest this year and best wishes for 2013.

New language: Friend or foe?

Informal meetingWe’re at a gathering of professionals…

Some present find some of the language challenging. It doesn’t fit with their culture. They would like some of the words to be changed. They want met at their map of the world… Make what you’re saying fit our understanding, thank you very much.

You can’t help feeling though that the value would then be lost, or at least diluted. Comfort zones would be left safely intact.

Now we’re not talking here about words that would be widely regarded as offensive. No, it’s a more subtle objection to vocabulary that reflects different values and beliefs; words which reflect a different culture, a slightly different take on an area of professional work.

It becomes rather obvious…

Limit the language and you limit the conversation.

Open up to different words and you gain new learning.