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What is a Level 10 Meeting (and why is it powerful)?

Be honest. Are your weekly Executive Team meetings a waste of time?  Do you sit there, bored as hell, as your leadership team drone on about all the things they’ve done the previous week? Why is it always like this? I see it time and time again in many different businesses. There’s no sense of forward momentum in these meetings. Nothing gets fixed. They’re just reporting exercises designed to frustrate even the most patient.

Yes, these meetings fill a couple of hours of your day and justify your existence. But are they really a good use of your time?  Surely there must be a better way.

Let me introduce you to Level 10 Meetings. Once you’ve seen their value, you’ll never look back.

The 721 Challenge: Overcoming Adversity And Setting World Records with Nick Hollis

What have you done today that pushed you to your limits? For today’s guest, Nick Hollis, getting over COVID is testing him. But it won’t stop him from working his hardest to set a new world record for his ultimate world challenge – the 721 challenge. 

Nick wants to be the fastest man to climb the world’s Seven Summits (he’s already completed this stage of the challenge), ski to the North and South Poles unaided and row the Atlantic Ocean. 

The reason? To help him on his true mission – to promote sustainability and work for a greener future. Backed by The World Land Trust (of which Sir David Attenborough is a patron), Nick is putting the environment at the centre of his challenge. 

As well as being a mountaineer, athlete and entrepreneur, Nick is also a circuit speaker, and one of his most popular topics is around purpose and resilience, two key skills for business leaders. 

In today’s episode, Nick shares which of the seven summits was the hardest, which one was the easiest, which one he enjoyed the most and which was the most beautiful. He talks about his motivations for leaving his job at HP, and why following your passion is something everyone should do.

Back yourself, life is short, says Nick, who’s currently recovering from COVID. This is a truly inspirational conversation, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 

Dare to Lead

This episode is a two-hour, deep-dive conversation with Jim Collins on his work and how it shaped who Brene Brown is as a person, as a leader, and as a researcher. They talk about their values, shadow values, the power of curiosity, decades of grounded theory research and comparative analysis, and how he explains thirty years of research with one integrated framework called The Map. Jim’s books, including his new one, Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0, have captured the hearts and minds of his readers and changed how we think about building and leading organizations.

I’m a CEO and a Working Dad. Here’s What I Wish I Did Differently.

The day my twin sons were born was the happiest of my life. There is one thing I regret, though: the conference call I was wrapping up with my executive team as I raced through the hospital doors. I wish I could take that call back. But in that whirlwind moment, coupled with my happiness was the immense weight of expectation. As a CEO, I felt an external responsibility to be available. No matter what.

5 Ways the Pandemic Is Changing the Benefits Employees Want

The pandemic is taking a toll on so many areas; one of its most significant effects has been on workplace structure and function. There have been massive lay-offs in the past few months. However, there has been a bright side, too, at the employee’s end. Yes, we are talking about employee benefits. With the end of the year approaching, a lot of companies conduct surveys to find out what additional benefits the employees want.

The number of UK tech scaleups almost doubled in 2020

UK scaleups have been resilient during the pandemic but the lack of diversity and funding are two challenges ahead. Amid the global pandemic, the UK has seen more scaleups breaking through the £10m+ turnover mark, with a 37% jump year-on-year, according to a new report from Beauhurst and Scaleup Institute.

Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant

Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant started the podcast Stuff You Should Know back in 2008 because they were curious-curious about the world around them, curious about what they might have missed in their formal educations, and curious to dig deeper on stuff they thought they understood. As it turns out, they aren’t the only curious ones. They’ve since amassed a rabid fan base, making Stuff You Should Know one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Armed with their inquisitive natures and a passion for sharing, they research and discuss a wide variety of topics-always working to uncover the weird, fascinating, delightful, or unexpected pieces of any given subject, and then talking about it together in an accessible and humorous way.

Good To Great by Jim Collins

Can a good company become a great one? If so, how? After a five-year research project, Jim Collins concludes that good to great can and does happen. In this book, he uncovers the underlying variables that enable any type of organisation to make the leap from good to great while other organisations remain only good. Rigorously supported by evidence, his findings are surprising – at times even shocking – to the modern mind. Good to Great achieves a rare distinction: a management book full of vital ideas that reads as well as a fast-paced novel. It is widely regarded as one of the most important business books ever written.


Make sure you have the right people on the bus for 2021

Your future growth is dependent on the talent of your top team. If I look at the clients who’ve made the most progress in 2020, it’s those whose executive teams are all A-Players (or B-Players with the potential to be As).  Your company can’t outperform your leadership team. And if you’re growing, the bar keeps going up. 

The pandemic has created a once in a decade opportunity to get the right people on your bus. Ask yourself two questions about each member of your team.  If they resigned, would you be unhappy?  And knowing what you know about them, would you re-hire them again?  If the answer to either of these is no, you need to take action.

Upcoming Events

Prescription For Growth Workshop, Foundry Farm near Salisbury – 27th of January 2021

A special workshop presented by Justin Roff-Marsh (author of The Machine) and hosted by Dominic Monkhouse at Foundry Farm near Salisbury. Join 21 of your peers (owners and senior executives from mid-sized businesses) and design a simple (but detailed) plan to expedite the growth of your organization.

Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop, Foundry Farm near Salisbury – 18th of March 2021

When the going gets tough, attitude trumps everything. Don’t let COVID-19 beat you into the ground and take your business. Treat this pandemic as an accelerator. The “one thing” you’ve been looking for to pivot, re-evaluate or simply get shit done. Join us on our farm in Wiltshire to walk through our Scaling Up growth programme.

Acetech Summit, Whistler – April 2021 (re-scheduled)

An exclusive annual gathering of high-growth tech CEOs. This powerful three-day summit will transform how you define success and deliver growth in 2021 and beyond.

Quote of the week

‘There is nothing so use“Meetings should be like salt – sprinkled carefully. Too much salt destroys a dish. Too many meetings destroy morale and motivation.’ 

Jason Fried

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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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