Growth wish entrepreneurs should train with the best

08/09/2015

If you want to excel in your professional life and get the most out of your business, work with those people who will take you to new limits. Training with these individuals will extend your comfort zone, teach you new skills and more importantly, allow you to gain insight into how they think. Many businesses fail to grow because their founders get stuck in a rut of the same old, day after day. Only when they immerse themselves with a group of high performers do they appreciate what is possible. High performers think in a different way, they have a mind-set that is conducive to grasping opportunities and ruthless execution to make things happen.

Defining who you believe to be the best in your field of work provides a benchmark for raising your own performance. Do away with any feeing of personal pride or sense of undermining your own capability and explore how you can spend time with those you identify as best in class.

High performing organisations consciously create conditions that get the best to push each other to new levels of performance. If you want to achieve greater success then align yourself to those who consistently out perform the rest. Be open in your approach to these people and ask them – Please can you help? Or please can I ask your advice? By asking in this way you are delivering a compliment and acknowledging their expertise and achievement mind-set. More often than not people will help. Your aim should be to:

  • Shadow them on meetings and in their day to day activities
  • Ask for some time to share their thoughts on why they constantly outperform
  • Seek insight on how they think and what drives them
  • Enquire what motivates them and what they read
  • Try to find win-win ways of working
  • Work out how your expertise can be of value to a high performer
  • Seek out strategic partnerships

By training with the best you set intentions and expectations that lift your mind-set to new levels of attainment. Individuals you train with are different to mentors – they are the sparring partners that you work with to develop and grow your skills on a real time basis – they are pivotal to moving your business to a higher level. If the person you want to work with views you as a potential threat, the relationship will not work. Be honourable about your intentions and by no means use it to gain insights that would be of disservice to them – be clear, be up front – if a conflict of interest presents itself then walk away.

John Leach, CEO Winning Pitch

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Train with those you think are “best in class”

22/04/2014

If you want to excel in your entrepreneurial life, work with those people that will take you to new limits. Training with these individuals will extend your comfort zone, teach you new skills and more importantly allow you to gain insight to how they think. Defining who you believe to be the best in your field of work provides a benchmark for raising your own performance. Do away with any feeling of personal pride or sense of undermining your own capability and explore how you can spend time with those you identify as best in class.

High performing organisations consciously create conditions that get the best to push each other to new levels of performance. If you want to achieve greater success then align yourself to those that consistently out perform the rest. Be open in your approach to these people and ask them – Please can you help? Or please can I ask your advice? By asking in this way you are delivering a complement and acknowledging their expertise and achievement mindset. More often than not people will help. Your aim should be to:

  • Shadow them on meetings and in their day to day activities
  • Ask for sometime to share their thoughts on why they constantly outperform
  • Seek insight on how they think and what drives them
  • Enquire what motivates them and what they read

By training with the best you set intentions and expectations that lift your mindset to new levels of attainment. Individuals you train with are different to mentors – they are the sparring partners that you work with to develop and grow your skills on a real time basis. If the person you want to work with views you as a potential threat the relationship will not work. Be honourable about your intentions and by no means use it to gain insights that would be of disservice to them – be clear be up front – if a conflict of interest presents itself then walk away.

 

 


Pushing yourself to be better

06/03/2011

I spent a couple of days last week working with a number of potential partners on a large overseas project we are looking to get involved with. This group of complementary businesses got around the table to explore ways of working, new ideas, possible initiatives along with how to make the planned initiative a massive success. What struck me about these individuals was that they were best in class. It was a real privilege to be sat around the table because personally it tested me to new limits. It kept me on my toes and indeed stretched my own abilities. A truly worthwhile experience, probably the best “training course”, so to speak, I have been on for many years!

It led me to conclude that if you want to excel in your professional life then seek the opportunity of working with those people who will take you to new limits. The experience will extend your comfort zone, teach you new skills and more importantly allow you to gain insight to how they think and operate. It should also fast track you to putting together a plan for personal improvement.  Define whom you believe to be the best in your field and find a way of getting to work with them. Seek to collaborate on a win –win basis. As part of this process you should do away with any personal pride issue or sense of undermining your own capability and explore – it’s about self-improvement and continuous learning. One fact is for sure, in markets as uncertain as they are at the moment, no one should be complacent or unwilling to pursue new ideas and thinking. Change is the only certainty and training/collaborating with the best can put you one step of the competition – it pushes you on to better yourself.

If you want to achieve greater success then align yourself to those who consistently out perform the rest. Be open in your approach to these people and ask them – Please can you help? Or please can I ask your advice? Can we collaborate on new opportunities? By asking in this way you are delivering a complement and acknowledging their expertise and achievement mindset. More often than not people are open to such an approach.

By training with the best you set intentions and expectations that lift your mindset to new levels of attainment. Individuals you train with are different to mentors – they are the sparing partners that you work with to develop and grow your skills on a real-time basis. If the person or organisation you want to work with views you as a potential threat the relationship will not work. Be honourable about your intentions and by no means use it to gain insights that would be of disservice to them – be clear, be up front – if a conflict of interest presents itself then walk away.

Raising our own personal bar becomes a key driver for personal and business growth. Getting into the Olympic squad certainly takes you to new limits.


Train With The Best

26/09/2010

If you want to excel in your professional life work with those people that will take you to new limits. Training with these individuals will extend your comfort zone, teach you new skills and more importantly allow you to gain insight to how they think. Defining who you believe to be the best in your field of work provides a benchmark for raising your own performance. Do away with any feeing of personal pride or sense of undermining your own capability and explore how you can spend time with those you identify as best in class.

High performing organisations consciously create conditions that get the best to push each other to new levels of performance. If you want to achieve greater success then align yourself to those that consistently out perform the rest. Be open in your approach to these people and ask them – Please can you help? Or please can I ask your advice? By asking in this way you are delivering a complement and acknowledging their expertise and achievement mindset. More often than not people will help. Your aim should be to:

  • Shadow them on meetings and in their day to day activities
  • Ask for sometime to share their thoughts on why they constantly outperform
  • Seek insight on how they think and what drives them
  • Enquire what motivates them and what they read

By training with the best you set intentions and expectations that lift your mindset to new levels of attainment. Individuals you train with are different to mentors – they are the sparing partners that you work with to develop and grow your skills on a real time basis. If the person you want to work with views you as a potential threat the relationship will not work. Be honourable about your intentions and by no means use it to gain insights that would be of disservice to them – be clear be up front – if a conflict of interest presents itself then walk away.


Get the right people doing the right things

22/07/2010

A highly effective team is built when a group of individuals are all playing to their own strengths. All to often the wrong person is doing the right job. In building a team we must strive to place people in the correct position allowing them to do what they do best. When there is a mismatch in a person’s skills and role under performance should not come as any surprise. Great care must be taken to ensure we don’t shoe horn people into situations and roles that don’t align with their capability. This will invariably lead to discontent and disconnection with the teams overall purpose. We should seek alignment between a person’s passion and their ability with the aims and objectives of the group. An important task for all leaders is to keep close to both the individual and team mindset. This is dome by gaining insight into an individuals:

  • Personal and professional ambitions
  • What do they excel at?
  • What they don’t do too well?
  • What motivates them?
  • What turns them off?
  • Training and developing needs

We must be clear on what we want members of our team to do, this needs to then be articulated with clarity.

The reality is that whilst people maybe good at specific tasks they may fall short on others. Or maybe as the ambitions and aspiration of an organisation grows, those of an individual may change or their own priorities may shift. This can often result in a person either outgrowing a position or in ambitious environments people can’t keep up – the issue to address is whether to redeploy an individual or support them in gaining new skills and competencies. Successful people remain connected to the emotional, personal and professional needs of their team. By doing this become hard wired into individual and team dynamics – it also helps you to judge and decide on what if any changes are needed. Make sure you have the right people doing the right things, this will only happen when you stay close to individuals in your team.