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Top Book Recommendations For Your Holiday

Are you looking for some holiday reading?

Summer is here and we all know what that means: spending time with the family, having fun outside and relaxation. But also, more time to read, learn and expand our horizons to think differently and learn new and better ways of doing things.

That’s why I’d like to share with you my top picks for this year so far. 

Enjoy the reading!

Nick Cramp

How Adolescent Businesses Can Get Out of the Success Trap with Nick Cramp

Nick Cramp is passionate about helping your business progress. He’s written a new book, Better Before Bigger – Rethinking business success. It shares how leaders can get out of the success trap- the all too common issue of a leader being trapped by working to the point they can not work any harder, when there are no more hours to put in. That point may of us reach where we realise that what was successful in getting us here can’t get us where we want to go. 

Nick knows how you can get out of the success trap. He shares some guiding principles to help you rethink your business. Allowing you to beat the plateau and better define what success looks like. 

In this weeks episode, hear more about why you might be in the success trap and what you can do next. Nick shares his advice on growing through a plateau phase, including how you can help form a team that can function with less, allowing you to actually enjoy that success. 

You’ll hear great advice on the importance of company focus. Through our discussion of the significance of Reframing Rethinking and Refocusing, and learn more about the guiding principles that inspire nick in his coaching and his new book. Click to hear more; We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 

Leadership Lab

Join Dr. Patrick Leddin every Wednesday as he speaks with authors, thought leaders, athletes, entrepreneurs and other influential leaders as they challenge the status quo of leadership to explore new ways to lead and find success.

Why corporate purpose statements often miss their mark

In extraordinary times, a statement of purpose can serve as an organization’s anchor. A clear reminder of a company’s core identity grounds employees, customers, and other stakeholders, who may feel adrift — enabling them to focus on addressing critical problems. Most recently, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted the world to reconsider what work and which organizations are essential to society’s function. And unrest over social injustice has led many organizations to reflect on their role in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. These important initiatives will be most effective if they involve a close examination of purpose.

How the growing identity economy is reshaping the future of work

It was almost a decade ago now that I noticed a shift in what my psychotherapy patients, particularly those working in corporate jobs, wanted to discuss. They still mostly wanted to talk about subjects in my areas of expertise—love, intimacy, infidelity, and communication—but the context had expanded. Words such as trust, boundaries, and betrayal had long been reserved for sessions about a patient’s relationship to self, spouse, family, or friend.

What perks are startups offering their employees?

From healthcare benefits to generous pension schemes, big corporates have typically been ahead of the game when it comes to company benefits. But if startups don’t start investing more in this area soon, it could prevent them from hiring top talent, according to top VCs.

Bulletproof Problem Solving

Complex problem solving is at the very top of the list of essential skills for career progression in the modern world. But how problem-solving is taught in our schools, universities, businesses and organizations comes up short. In Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything you’ll learn the seven-step systematic approach to creative problem solving developed in top consulting firms that will work in any field or industry, turning you into a highly sought-after bulletproof problem solver who can tackle challenges that others baulk at. The problem-solving technique outlined in this book is based on a highly visual, logic-tree method that can be applied to everything from everyday decisions to strategic issues in business to global social challenges. The authors, with decades of experience at McKinsey and Company, provide 30 detailed, real-world examples, so you can see exactly how the technique works in action. With this bulletproof approach to defining, unpacking, understanding, and ultimately solving problems, you’ll have a personal superpower for developing compelling solutions in your workplace.

Beyond Performance

In Beyond Performance, McKinsey & Company’s Scott Keller and Colin Price give you everything you need to build an organization that can execute in the short run and has the vitality to prosper over the long term. Drawing on the most exhaustive research effort of its kind on organizational effectiveness and change management, Keller and Price put hard science behind their big idea: that the health of an organization is equally as important as its performance. In the book’s foreword, management guru Gary Hamel refers to this notion as “a new manifesto for thinking about organizations.” * The authors illustrate why copying management best practices from other companies is more dangerous than helpful * Clearly explains how to determine the mutually reinforcing combination of management practices that best fits your organization’s context * Provides practical tools to achieve superior levels of performance and health through a staged change process: aspire, assess, architect, act, and advance. Among these are new techniques for dealing with those aspects of human behaviour that are seemingly irrational (and therefore confound even the smartest leaders), yet entirely predictable Ultimately, building a healthy organization is an intangible asset that competitors copy at their peril and that enables you to skillfully adapt to and shape your environment faster than others giving you the ultimate competitive advantage.

Get your ‘Prescription For Growth’! 

15th September, New Forest 8.30am – 5.00pm 

Do you ever ask yourself, “if I double the number of sellers, will I double my revenue?”. If you paused, hesitated, or said no, then you should join the next Prescription For Growth workshop with Justin Roff-Marsh. 

Justin is back at Foundry Farm to walk you through the revolutionary ideas from his book The Machine and help you build a simple plan for 11X selling conversations for your team and significantly grow sales. 

What you will learn:

  • A growth formula that you can follow to generate up to 11 times more selling conversations for your salespeople.  
  • A plan for restructuring sales to cover more territory and increase sales without a proportionate increase in payroll costs.
  • Steps to follow to improve operational performance and deliver >90 ontime case completion performance.
  • How to generate sales opportunities on a just-in-time basis (and why marketing must subordinate to sales).
  • How to use one set of KPIs to drive growth and the role of management.


Agree a zoom meeting etiquette

Ever find your attention wandering off during a particularly long and boring Zoom meeting? You need to agree an etiquette amongst your team. Promise that next time you find yourself disengaged, you turn off your camera. That way, the person presenting knows they’ve gone on too long or lost you somewhere along the way. Commit to this as a team. If you were in a room, the person speaking would know they’d lost their audience. This is much harder when you’re remote. And, while you’re at it, resolve that there’s no more ‘On Mute’ behaviour. This forces everyone to find a quiet space so they can focus on the meeting, not the many distractions around them. It will get you away from the usual chorus of, ‘Oh – you’re on mute’ and the gesticulations that go with this. A simple etiquette has the power to transform your Zoom meetings.

Upcoming Events

Scaling Up Made Simple Workshop, New Forest – 18th November

Conducted in The New Forest, away from the uproar of the everyday commercial world, the Scaling Up Made Simple Workshop is presented by Scaling Up Coach, Dominic Monkhouse to allow you the mental space to look at your business afresh – to recognise your strengths, your weaknesses and your opportunities. The workshop is your first step in the process of identifying and addressing the real challenges confronting your business. You will receive practical guidance in the essential skills that underpin manageable growth.

Quote of the week

“Ideas don’t make you rich. The correct execution of ideas does.”

Felix Dennis

Dominic Monkhouse

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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