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Is your culture agile? | Issue #206

How an agile culture will help your business adapt and grow

‘Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.’ These were Dwight Eisenhower’s words in a speech in 1957. It’s worth remembering them as businesses grapple with the prospect of an imminent recession. Yes – you can make a plan. But the world is so uncertain that it’s unlikely to turn out as you expected.

These are perfect conditions for a more agile approach to the way you operate. We’ve talked before about adopting agile techniques in your business. But what about your culture? Could you take these techniques and apply them directly to culture? We think you can. Furthermore, if you can bring agility to culture, it will make your business more able to weather future storms.

Why Your Organisation Needs Systemic Change, Not Individual Change with Michael Cahill

Do you have a problem with the free flow of energy in your organisation? Perhaps you’ve been replacing individuals who aren’t performing only to find that their replacements are also not bringing in the results. Then you need to listen to Michael Cahill, author, trainer, coach and facilitator at MarketMatters. 

Michael blends a rich and deep knowledge of NLP (neuro linguistic programming), Systemic Coaching and Constellations with his considerable experience of business and investment, to inspire change, growth and transformation within organisations. 

In this episode, Michael explains systemic coaching, his energy model, and how making decisions with the right energy can make all the difference in your organisation. He also discusses how you build a business, what leadership looks like, how you make decisions, and how you become more strategic.

To learn more, download and listen today.

Rolls-Royce: Re-engineering work while retaining institutional knowledge

As it adapts to a changing talent landscape, Rolls-Royce is experimenting with new modes of hiring, training, and managing while working to safeguard a century of accumulated wisdom. HR leader Summer Smith explains the strategy, from reimagining the office to embracing diversity and prioritizing mental health.

Resilient Organizations Make Psychological Safety a Strategic Priority

Three cultural dimensions are critical for resilience: integrity, innovation, and inclusion. They sustain business continuity, competitiveness, and growth — and psychological safety is a fundamental component of each. To strengthen resilience, leaders must understand how to connect these three siloed dimensions of culture and develop leadership attributes that encourage candor.

Rekindling a Sense of Community at Work

“Cooking and eating together isn’t just a community builder. Researchers conducted interviews at 13 firehouses, then followed up by surveying 395 supervisors. They found that eating together had a positive effect on job performance.” 

Getting and staying motivated

In the early years of the last century, Hanoi had a rat problem. To solve it, the French colonial government placed a one-cent bounty on the rodents, which could be claimed by anyone who delivered a rat’s tail. Thousands of tails were tendered, but Hanoi’s rat population didn’t shrink. Instead, tailless rats were running through streets, and rat farms were discovered. To make money selling rats’ tails, you need lots of rats breeding more rats. The moral of the story: be careful which behaviors you reward. 

Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the world’s first computer-animated movie. When an early partnership with George Lucas led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986, he couldn’t have known what would come. Nine years later and against all odds, Toy Story was released. It was the start of a new generation of animation. Through its focus on the joy of storytelling, inventive plots and emotional authenticity, Pixar revolutionised how animated films were created. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights – a manual for anyone who strives for originality, with behind-the-scenes examples from Pixar itself. It is a book about how to build and sustain a creative culture with a unique identity. And through this story, we learn what creativity really is.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Millions of people around the world have improved their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In How to Win Friends and Influence People, he offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding. His advice has stood the test of time and will teach you how to:
– make friends quickly and easily
– increase your popularity
– persuade people to follow your way of thinking
– enable you to win new clients and customers
– become a better speaker
– boost enthusiasm among your colleagues
This classic book will turn your relationships around and improve your interactions with everyone in your life.

News From The Farm

CEO Bootcamp with Verne Harnish and Dominic Monkhouse

Limited to 10 CEOs and their #2s, a new and extremely valuable opportunity to spend small group time with the author of Scaling Up, Verne Harnish for three intense days of learning, sharing, and fun at the unspoiled and elegant, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, near Bath (UK).

Work one-on-one with Verne, and get exclusive access to his network and knowledge to help you achieve a major leap in your business.

Join us from 28th-31st March, 2023

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Look at your strengths and weaknesses to get ahead of your competitors

There’s a great quote from Warren Buffet: ‘When the tide goes out you discover who’s been swimming naked’. 

We’ve got some economic headwinds against us, and I’m minded to share a conversation that one of our client’s Ops Director had with his team. He said ‘who are our five top competitors, and which one of them are we going to put out of business?” So, looking at your current position and your top five competitors, what are the positive things in your favour that you could maximise in the next twelve months, and what are the potential risks that you need to minimise, assuming they’re having the same conversation as you are about putting you out of business.

Scale Up Workshop with Dominic Monkhouse – 15th November

What’s your biggest challenge? People? Strategy? Or is it sales? We’re offering 6 seats at our next in-person Scale Up Workshop. And one of them is for you. Access Dominic Monkhouse’s expertise and wealth of knowledge during an intensive half-day. You’ll be challenged to think differently and leave with fresh perspectives and ideas to apply to your business from the next day.

Join Dominic on Tuesday, 15th November in the New Forest (UK).

Quote of the week

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

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Dominic offers business coaching and management development, strategy planning and organisational change, using tried and tested methods to launch your organisation onto an unparalleled growth trajectory. His programme is a function of his broad experience, his deep expertise and a proven process used by over 2,700 firms worldwide.

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