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What it takes to remain at the top of your game – leadership thoughts from John Key

March 25, 2010

I asked Prime Minister John Key this week what it took for him to stay at the top of his game and he responded – building a great team and being focused on what you need to do were his two responses.

Around 80 people were at the Wellington Young Professionals Breakfast on Tuesday where Prime Minister John Key spoke to budding professionals in the first 15 years of their career. It was a great forum when the Prime Minister shared his thoughts on how New Zealand economically can do a lot better. Ideas ranged from maximising New Zealand mineral wealth (yes we do have one – apparently the 2nd most wealth country in the OECD after Saudi Arabia) through to improving infrastructure in the IT space. A key aspect of interest for me was the role Young Professionals can play especially since those that are well educated, with high potential have a tendency to go overseas (1/4 live overseas).

Key points I picked up included
1. Focus on the things that make a difference
2. Imperative of having to believe in ourselves. John Key used the example of when he beat Helen Clark in 2008 and how he had to be fully focused and always believed
3. Surround yourself with great people that can help you get to where you want to go
4. Standing still is not an option “it means you lose”
5. Do whatever it is you are doing “a lot better than everyone else”

Driving in the car this morning John Key was on again on Radio Sport. He seems to be everywhere – the David Letterman show – what next Oprah! Go get em John! I thank you for your time and sharing some of the key principles of great leadership .


Fantastic story of Clay Dyer and how he handled adversity

March 11, 2010

If you would like a pick me up and to see things from a different perspective here is the link to that bass fisherman – handling adversity, an amazing thing

Why Don’t More Members of Gens X and Y Join Boards?

February 26, 2010

From – to inspire and engage the next generation in nonprofit board service.

The BoardSource Nonprofit Governance Index 2007 found that 2 percent of board members were under 30 years old, 36 percent were 30-49, 49 percent were 50-64, and 13 percent were over 65. These statistics suggest a lack of Generation X (generally defined as those born between 1963 and 1980) and Generation Y (generally defined as those born between 1981 and 2002) serving on nonprofit boards. Why?

There are a few sides to the story. Research presented in BoardSource’s Next Generation and Governance Report on Findings found some boards are hesitant to recruit members of Generations X and Y because there is a:

•Tendency to recruit others like themselves – and some boards are uncertain of where to find “younger” board members
•Skepticism about the need to have various generations on boards
•Preference for a “C-Suite” or corporate officer type profile on the board•Concern of isolation (that the individual would be an “only” on the board – i.e., the only person from their generation)•Misperception about their commitment.In turn, work we’ve done with organizations promoting board service to Generations X and Y, as well as some informal polling and focus groups, has revealed that some in these demographics are hesitant to pursue board opportunities for the following reasons:

•They hold the perception that board service is not accessible
•They think they’re not qualified
•They don’t know what is involved in joining a board
•They’re unaware of the impact of board service on an organization’s mission or what board service can do to help a cause.

The Rhinocerous Principle – Charge like a RHINOCEROS at your goals and dreams

February 19, 2010

Today I was reminded of the Rhinocerous Principle of clearly knowing what your primary goal is and charging it down!

Rhinocerous Success by Scott Alexander, notes that the fundamental key to success is having a clear target and then going after it with all your might and energy. He recalls all the success principles were thrown out the window when he met an extremely successful “Rhino” whose main redeeming feature was his focus, energy and total detremination to charge down his goals.

At first glance,some people might think the principles in the book are quite silly, especially with a cartoon drawing of a rhinoceros on the cover. It certainly isnt the typical, small text professional looking leadership development book. However it does pose an interesting question – with enough focus, tenacity, power and determination – what is possible? Someone said to me this week – in business you either need to “go hard or go home”. There is no in between – not if you want to be a success. I call this the Rhinocerous Principle.