Welcome to the Leadership Pack (October 2019).
Damian Piper, our resident Performance coach and consultant, starts this edition with: Are you considering your career next steps? Damian reflects on his career and has come up with three universal themes which he believes could be applicable to you. As someone who has been fortunate to have two long careers (first 24 years, second 23 years and counting) I found Damian’s latest article to be essential reading and recommend it. Have you checked out Damian’s podcasts yet? They are available at http://www.effectivechallenge.com/podcasts or on all the major podcast platforms.
One of my favourite quotes is from Michelle Obama: ‘Find people who make you better’ it is something I have endeavoured to do in both my personal and professional lives and I have constantly benefited from doing this. Being Bettina’s Dad – Find people who make you better is about how Bettina has made me a better person. Next month I will be writing a post about how people I have worked with have made me better as a leader and a person too.
I am currently reading ‘Black Box Thinking’‘(‘Marginal Gain’ and the Secret of High Performance) by Matthew Syed. I think it represents my thinking and philosophy both in work and my running career. More importantly, it is about how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our failures and mistakes. For a taster I have included a link to a presentation from Matthew about Black Box thinking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmVCYqs3mko from reading his book, I am prompted to include a blog post I wrote five years ago, as my last article in this month’s edition: ‘Fail and Fail Big’ as I acknowledged and confronted failure, seeing it as an opportunity.
This month’s quotes have been taken from my wife’s @JoyceRaw1 and @livelikearaw twitter feeds – thanks Joyce. I am also live on Twitter: @DoshLtd sharing leadership thoughts at 7am, 7 days a week. We welcome new followers!
Steve Raw FinstLM, FCMI, GCGI
It’s not about how good you are,
It’s how good you want to be