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09
Feb
2019

Forum 1 2019: Leadership Resilience Strategies

The first Vantage Leader Forum workshop of 2019 met recently and focused on the important topic of leadership resilience. Attendees discovered emerging leadership trends for 2019 and discussed boosting their probability of personal change success.

Interesting highlights included the idea of being more contrarian as a leader, why we think less is going to be more in 2019 and identifying (and dealing with) that one third of your team holding you back.

Attendees challenged each other on strategies to ensure success ensuring they are well set up to focus on what will deliver for them this year.

Would you like to join us at the next thought-provoking Vantage Leader Forum on May 15? For more information contact me on 0419 516 655 or at jatkins@vantagemarketing.com.au


The first Vantage Leader Forum workshop of 2019 met recently and focused on the important topic of leadership resilience. Attendees discovered emerging leadership trends for 2019 and discussed boosting their probability of personal change success.

Interesting highlights included the idea of being more contrarian as a leader, why we think less is going to be more in 2019 and identifying (and dealing with) that one third of your team holding you back.

Attendees challenged each other on strategies to ensure success ensuring they are well set up to focus on what will deliver for them this year.

Would you like to join us at the next thought-provoking Vantage Leader Forum on May 15? For more information contact me on 0419 516 655 or at jatkins@vantagemarketing.com.au


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18
Jan
2019

Where will you focus in 2019?

Happy New Year!

Now that we are all refreshed following the Christmas break, it's a good opportunity to reflect on which strategies will accelerate your growth in 2019? 

Click here to take a 5 minute, 25-question Mindshop Growth and Profit Diagnostic to identify from 10 key success factors:

  • Your top 3 areas of high performance (what’s working)
  • Your top 3 areas for improvement (what’s not working)
  • An overall graph showing how you performed across the top 10 key success factors: marketing, sales, people, implementation, strategy, profit, leadership, innovation, technology, and systems.

Where will you focus your energy to succeed? Feel free to contact me to discuss your results.

Regards,

James Atkins

Happy New Year!

Now that we are all refreshed following the Christmas break, it's a good opportunity to reflect on which strategies will accelerate your growth in 2019? 

Click here to take a 5 minute, 25-question Mindshop Growth and Profit Diagnostic to identify from 10 key success factors:

  • Your top 3 areas of high performance (what’s working)
  • Your top 3 areas for improvement (what’s not working)
  • An overall graph showing how you performed across the top 10 key success factors: marketing, sales, people, implementation, strategy, profit, leadership, innovation, technology, and systems.

Where will you focus your energy to succeed? Feel free to contact me to discuss your results.

Regards,
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04
Jan
2019

Shackles & Shields

Change is never easy. Change in your business. Change as a leader. One of the concepts that I have found helpful when confronting change – either in your business or for you as a leader - is to ask yourself what is holding you back? What are your shackles and what is your shield?


Shackles are things that hold you back. They may be visible or not so visible drags on achieving your potential. They could be external or internal. They could be something you hold as true or immutable without challenge. How you view the market (“we don’t have the resources to compete with the big players”) or your customers (“they would never commission us”) are examples. They restrict your ability to grow because you don’t believe you can shed the shackle.


Shields are different, but just as debilitating. It’s what we hide behind. It’s the barrier to enabling us as leaders to truly connect and achieve our potential. To be able to develop trust with our people and with our customers. It could be your personality (“I am not a people person”) or education (“I couldn’t do that job as I’m not qualified enough”). 


Are you aware of what your shackle and shields are? Maybe ask a few trusted colleagues. Or you could use a magic wand - “If you didn't have to think about the cost or how to make it happen, what would you change?”


So, what’s your shackle and shield – for you as a leader, and in your business. If you dropped the shield and cut off the shackle – no matter how hard – what opportunities to grow would it unleash for you and your organisation?


James Atkins
Vantage Strategy & Marketing

Change is never easy. Change in your business. Change as a leader. One of the concepts that I have found helpful when confronting change – either in your business or for you as a leader - is to ask yourself what is holding you back? What are your shackles and what is your shield?  ..

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15
Apr
2016

How to anticipate problems and failure...carry out a Premortem

Welcome Andrew Cooke as our guest blogger from Blue Sky GPS (Growth & Profit Solutions) 


We are all familiar with post-mortems and forensic examinations from all the TV crime series. 


Post-mortems are good for telling you what went wrong, why it went wrong, and the consequences of things going wrong (death in this instance) – but it doesn’t change the fact that the individual is still dead. It is case of being wise after the event, but being wise after the event doesn’t stop or prevent things happening. 


Pre-mortems are different. Pre-mortems are a great way to assess and think through a potential strategy or a negotiation. It is about being wise before the event. 


Gather your team together and take them through the following exercise:

Andrew’s Five Steps in Carrying Out a Premortem

 Step 1: Select a prospective strategy. Make sure you have a clear description of the
strategic initiative. 
 Step 2: Set the scene. You are a year in the future after you have implemented the
strategy. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. To call it an
unmitigated disaster would be kind. It is a total catastrophe and it has very
serious consequences on the organization. People are not talking to each
other. It has gone beyond being embarrassing. You know what has happened,
but not why.
 Step 3: Generate reasons for failure. Give everybody in the room three minutes to
write down on post-it notes all the reasons why they think this strategic
initiative failed. Do this without talking or discussing, this allows each
individual to contribute their ideas and intuition. This allows you to capture
and utilize the unique blend of experiences, mental models and insights that
each person has
 Step 4: Share the reasons. Go round the group and get everybody, in turn, to share
and explain one reason at a time. Stick all the notes on the wall or
whiteboard. As a group get them to group any common or shared reasons.
This helps you to identify the key reasons why the strategic initiative might
fail.
 Step 5: Reassess the strategic initiative. In the light of what has been uncovered,
identify what will need to be changed about the strategy to improve it How
will this impact other strategic initiatives, and what are the consequences?
Remember, good strategy consists of strategic initiatives that interlink and
leverage each other, they do not stand alone.


Benefits of using pre-mortems include:
  • Stopping people and teams from becoming over-confident, encouraging a more realistic assessment of risk
  • Allowing people to voice their concerns and to share insights and experiences.
  • Helping teams to worry about the right things.
  • Allows you to regularly visit you strategy and anticipate problems.
  • Helps you to prepare backup plans and exit strategies.

It allows you to highlight factors that will influence success or failure, which may
increase your ability to control the results.

So look at one of your strategies and carry out a premortem – what will you find?

Andrew Cooke



Welcome Andrew Cooke as our guest blogger from Blue Sky GPS (Growth & Profit Solutions)  ..

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11
Feb
2016

Discover 10 key insights to help your business grow in 2016

The recently released Mindshop research of business leaders reveals what fellow leaders from the US, Australia and the UK think are the key challenges and opportunities in their industries for 2016. 


The Business Leader Insight Study reveals 10 key areas business leaders believe they need to focus on. Of these insights which are the 3 key areas of focus for your business in 2016?


Click here to read the full report findings. Click here to listen to James Mason explain the Top 10 insights.

Please feel free to contact us at Vantage to discuss the key areas of focus for you.

The recently released Mindshop research of business leaders reveals what fellow leaders from the US, Australia and the UK think are the key challenges and opportunities in their industries for 2016.  ..


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