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The Melting Pot Newsletter | #47

5 ROADBLOCKS ON THE SCALING UP JOURNEY (AND HOW TO SMASH THROUGH THEM)

Want to scale your business?  Feeling fired up and ready to take on the world? Make no mistake.  Scaling up is hard work. You’re going to need energy, drive and fanatical attention to detail.  Not forgetting a perpetually inquisitive brain that thrives on learning new things and absorbing the latest thinking.

So often, I meet people who want to expand their business but don’t have this growth mindset.  They’re not reading 12 or more books a year. Or going to conferences. Or prioritising training and development in their businesses. If this is you, there’s no point wasting your time reading this blog.  You need to lower your bar and accept things aren’t going to change. It’s like buying a gym membership and then never going. You won’t ever reach your fitness goals.

But if there’s a fire in your belly and a real desire to put a dent in the universe, keep reading.

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THE MELTING POT PODCAST

his week’s guest is Gareth Chick, a former CFO, CEO and chairman of both public and private companies. Now an executive coach for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 CEOs, Gareth is founder and managing partner of Collaborative Equity. 

After 40 years in the corporate world, Gareth has poured his extensive knowledge into two books and carved out his dream career at Collaborative Equity as an acknowledged expert on corporate cultures and corporate psychology. 

In conversation with Dom, Gareth shares how he got into business at the tender age of 12, because it was his dream to be out the front of a grocer’s shop serving customers. At 16, psychometric testing told him he should go into accounting, so he did, and never looked back. A CFO at 24 and CFO for a PLC subsidiary at 28, Gareth is the first to admit he was incredibly successful, very driven, but also controlling and arrogant. 

It took a leadership course he didn’t want to attend to make him change his ways. It didn’t just change his attitude towards work—it changed his life entirely.


Recommended Podcasts

FizzPopBANG are making the nation whistle on their way to work… Carla and Imogen found a magic formula. As Head of HR and Head of Brand at Red Bull, they both discovered a passion for building strong, high performing teams by developing a vibrant culture. To have a truly amazing brand that consumers or customers fall in love with, you need infectiously passionate and loyal people that drive that ethos forward.

A podcast talking brand and creativity with the world’s best in class. Hosted by Andrew Dobbie, Founder MadeBrave (madebrave.com) & Lewis Phillips, Founder Campfire (campfire.agency).


GREAT LEADERS DON’T BLAME OTHERS

A few weeks ago, during one of our company’s leadership trainings, several employees expressed how impactful our core value “Own it” is to them inside and outside of work. For many, our concept of Own It has become a standard, even with friends and family.
Three years ago, we had a similar core value, “accountability.” However, while team members were certainly willing to be accountable for their inputs or effort, they didn’t necessarily have the same perspective when it came to the overall outcome, especially when external variables existed that they could not fully control.

WORKPLACE CONFLICT – HOW TO MANAGE EMPLOYEE DRAMA THROUGH A NEW LENS

Is your bottom line affected by workplace conflict and managing employee drama? Harvard Business Review published a RHR study that showed poor performing executive teams decrease employee engagement scores by 42%!  A task management software company published estimates that office workers spend more than two and a half hours per week trying to resolve conflict, which translates into $359 billion in losses for U.S. companies every year. How much is workplace conflict and employee drama costing you? The more you understand the roots of drama, the better you can lead your team.

A FRAMEWORK FOR PRODUCTIVE CONSULTING MEETINGS (AND HAPPIER CLIENTS)

Do you feel nervous before meeting with your consulting clients? If so, chances are you aren’t well-prepared. With proper preparation and a specific agenda, your meetings will be productive and stress-free. Not only will this make your life easier, but your clients will appreciate it as well. In this article, I’ll explain a simple 3-part framework you can use for your client meetings. This framework works especially well if you’re working with clients on an ongoing basis. 


Recommended Reads

THE METRONOME EFFECT: THE JOURNEY TO PREDICTABLE PROFIT

Shannon Byrne Susko has more than twenty years of experience building and leading high-growth technology companies in the financial services industry. This book will guide you on your journey to predictable profit. It will ensure the habituation that excellence is derived from is engrained in your organization. Every leader is empowered to set their metric beat to make sure the company is doing everything it needs to do to grow their profit. This book draws on the wisdom of some of the best business minds of our time, as well as the author’s own experiences as a serial entrepreneur, to create a methodology that shows you a practical step-by-step process; how to rhythmically integrate all the crucial parts of your business.


THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY: BETTER THINKING, BETTER DECISIONS

Already an international bestseller, this book is essential reading for anyone with important decisions to make. It reveals, in 100 short chapters, the most common errors of judgement, and how to avoid them. Simple, clear and always surprising, this indispensable book will change the way you think and transform your decision-making – at work, at home, every day.

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