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Do you really know what’s going on? | Issue #215

How to hold an effective skip-level meeting and what questions to ask

Do you know what’s going on in your business? What’s REALLY going on behind the smoke and mirrors? Or do you get all your information from your direct reports? Leaders that are disconnected from the day-to-day reality of their teams can face problems further down the line. It gets harder to implement the vital changes needed to scale your business. You’ll meet resistance and negativity, with little buy-in for your goals and strategies.

The answer? It’s simple. Introduce skip-level meetings. You may feel they’re too big a time commitment. But I can tell you one thing. Every one of our clients who have implemented them has seen a massive difference. Suddenly, they have a no-holes-barred insight from the people doing the work.


Refreshing the World of Work with Hoxby Co-Founders, Alex Hirst & Lizzie Penny

Like most good ideas, the idea for Hoxby, the purpose-led organisation that exists to create a happier, more fulfilled society through a world of work without bias, came to co-founders Alex Hirst and Lizzie Penny, in the pub. 

Fed up with, and burned out from the traditional way of working, they decided it simply wasn’t what they wanted. So they decided to take matters into their own hands. 

Fast forward a decade and Alex and Lizzie not only changed the way they work, but they’ve also changed the way their community works too. A community made up of more than 1,000 handpicked, talented and diverse freelancers who work remotely in 30 countries around the world. 

Alex and Lizzie have recently published a book, Workstyle, about how workstyle is better for wellbeing, improves productivity, and can reshape inclusion for the benefit of society. And in this episode of The Melting Pot, they share why they’re so passionate about autonomy at work, what Hoxby is, the conditions necessary to foster workstyle, and how to create connections remotely.


Read to Lead with Jeff Brown

Each week Jeff Brown brings you key thoughts and insights from his conversations with those he considers to be among today’s brightest minds: our generation’s non-fiction authors. They discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff’s Notes.


Meeting Overload Is a Fixable Problem

The authors of this piece have been studying how organizations can make the right things easier and the wrong things harder since 2014. In every workplace they’ve studied, helped, or worked at, they’ve found that meetings create wasteful and soul-crushing friction. Here, they discuss five key ingredients for success.

4 Types of Innovators Every Organization Needs

Every company strives to be innovative, but most are missing key ingredients. How can you identify which ingredients your organization needs — and which employee styles can fill in the gaps? The authors’ research distills four key innovation styles that can lead to success — generators, conceptualizers, optimizers, and implementors — and explains how common they are across sectors. Then, they outline a four-part framework for ensuring your team or organization has all four styles represented.

Younger workers want training, flexibility, and transparency

When business leaders look to the future, they need to consider external factors like the market forces shaping their industry. But they also have to take a close look at an important internal factor: the younger people who represent the future workforce. Understanding the wants and needs of younger workers can give companies a clear talent advantage.


Workstyle by Lizzie Penny & Alex Hirst

Workstyle is the freedom to choose when and where you work. It is only now, after centuries of formal and inflexible working hours, that such an opportunity is on the horizon. It is an opportunity that will have far reaching and profoundly positive implications, levelling the playing field and helping to create true inclusivity and accessibility in our society. This inspiring book will explain the history of work, where the 9-5 came from, and why the time is right for change. You’ll learn how workstyle differs from flexible, hybrid, or remote working, and why it matters. Most importantly, you’ll explore and design your own workstyle, by reflecting on the things that matter to you, acting to change your life and inspiring others to do the same, all underpinned by research that proves that this is a better way to work for us all.


News From The Farm

Are you joining Dominic next week? 

You can still get a seat for the last Scale Up workshop of the year – a 5-hour session to get away from the noise, work ON the business and leave with the confidence you need to spin uncertainty into success.

Everyone has a business plan or an Excel spreadsheet, but do you know how are you going to achieve 20% or 30% year-over-year growth? 

Come down to the workshop next Tuesday 15th November, and leave with the tools you need and the confidence to put them into action the day after.

Hurry – only 5 seats left.

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Upcoming Events

CEO Bootcamp with Verne Harnish & Dominic Monkhouse – 28th-31st March, 2023

3 days to work deeply “on” the business, and address questions that will break open your creative side – in addition to Verne’s one-on-one sessions – is the power of the event. The CEOs and their #2s who participated in last Vail CEO Boot Camp unanimously said that it was ‘the most impactful executive education they’ve experienced’.

Limited offer for 8 CEOs and their #2’s.
28th-31st March, 2023, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, near Bath (UK).


Quote of the week

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”

Stephen Covey

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