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Stuck in the growth trap?

What Is The Growth Trap (And Is Your Business Stuck In It?)

Feeling weighed down by your business? Or nostalgic for the irrepressible fun of those heady start-up days?  Do you yearn to turn the clock back to a time when life seemed easier somehow?  And the money seemed to just roll in?  Maybe you’re constantly looking over your shoulder.  Your competitors are doing better and you’re wondering why it’s no longer happening for you.  You feel like you’re completely alone.  But we’re here to tell you, you’re really not. 

Many of our new CEO clients feel this way. Why?  Because their businesses have hit a wall. Yes, they’re growing – some of them quite fast.  But their profitability has fallen off a cliff.  It’s very likely that their business is stuck in the ‘growth trap’.

Leslie Ehm

Why Your Swagger Is Something You Already Have with Leslie Ehm 

If you lack confidence, or you’re faking it ‘til you make it, don’t miss the Queen of Swagger, Leslie Ehm, on this week’s episode of The Melting Pot. 

From TV host to advertising executive to training guru for some of the biggest global brands such as Disney and Uber, Leslie has had a few careers in her time. Today, she is a full time Swagger Coach. 

“Your swagger is not something external to you. It is something that you already have. And it will manifest differently in every different human being. There is not one prescribed way to have swagger.”

But the episode isn’t all about swagger. Leslie also talks about swearing and why swearing is actually important, and why people who swear are smarter and happier than those that don’t, and why you should ignore those who tell you not to swear.

“It’s not that their ears are going to melt off, or that their brain is going to malfunction. It’s that they’re trying to impose their levels of acceptance on you.”

She also discusses what business leaders can do to lead with swagger and what they can do to build psychological safety in their organisation. 

This is a truly cracking episode, full of energy and with some top book recommendations too. We really enjoyed this conversation. We know you will too. 

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Join the author of The Machine, Justin Roff-Marsh, at this intimate one-day workshop to learn how your organisation can mirror the organisations that are already successfully applying the key ideas from The Machine, and outsell the competition.
Justin will take you, step-by-step, through the critical ideas presented in his book, The Machine. More importantly, he will show you how to fashion these ideas into a simple (but detailed) plan to outsell your competitors and expedite your organisation’s growth.
After this challenging workshop, you will leave with actionable and proven tactics to boost your sales activity and radically improve your business operations.

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As we head into a decade that could become the next roaring twenties, recognise the competitive advantage of having your teams back in the office. It’s like being a sprinter who’s first off the blocks. Get ahead of your competition who are still working remotely.  We had Bruce Daisley, author of ‘The Joy of Work’ on our Melting Pot podcast recently. He had spoken to the evolutionary psychologist Professor Robin Dunbar about exactly this.  He asked him what advice he’d give to business leaders about the whole hybrid workplace topic.  Professor Dunbar said human beings are fundamentally team creatures.  Their best work gets done when they’re physically present with other human beings. We hear this from our clients. They’re reporting that the happiest, most engaged teams are the ones who’ve returned to the office.  No more excuses. Get everyone back.

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