Monday, February 20, 2017

Culture Eats Strategy ... Any Tactic

Latitude  is storehouse of wisdom, knowledge and complex human behaviour - more complex than those crown landscapes ...

The self-righteousness of literary style guides. They offer advice like “avoid fancy words” but often fail to practice what they preach... Style Guide According to Roberto  

Roberts, Kevin: Crazies Leading in London

London Stock Exchange – March 10 – I’ll be opening the London Leadership Summitfor Conqa, a global consulting, event management and sports entertainment organization that focuses within the elite sports industry. My theme – no surprise –Leadership in a Crazy World. My fellow crazies on the speaking roster are as impressive as they are eclectic.

There’s Paddy Upton, one of the most innovative leaders in world cricket. Paddy is head coach of the Delhi Daredevils in India, and the Sydney Thunder, 2016 league winners. He played a pivotal role in leading the Indian Cricket Team to the #1 test team, as well as the world champions in 2011. As the Performance Director of Cricket South Africa, he was a key player in taking Cricket South Africa to the first ever team to hold the number 1 status in all three formats (T20, 50 over & Test). Paddy will provide insight into how he managed to get weak, demotivated and under-performing teams, and turn them around to world-class high achievers. For him, the success is in the culture and he will explain how to get it right.

Tom Bird is author of the best-selling book "Brilliant Selling" and "The Leader's Guide to Presenting." He has spent his entire career in business and sales. His topic is “Influencing,” which he says is a key skill for today's leaders. A recent study showed that we spend on average 23 minutes of every hour trying to influence, but how long have we spent thinking about how we engage with a skill that we are using almost half of our working day applying?”

Lorne Sulcas is seriously crazy. He spent seven years as a game ranger, tracker, observer and photographer on Africa's Big Cats. From the summit blurb: “In the fiercely competitive world, it's eat or be eaten, and only the very best can stay at the top end of the food chain. As apex predators, Africa's Big Three Cats thrive through strategies and behaviors honed over millennia to get exceptional results in a challenging, changing and brutally competitive environments. Lorne will share the powerful similarities between the real and the ‘concrete’ jungles, and how these potent leadership lessons can help you and your organization thrives in the face of change and competition.”

And Gary Noesner deals with crazies. He is a 30 year veteran and former chief negotiator for the FBI. “In high pressure situations, leaders remain calm while everyone around them descends into panic. Many talk of big match temperament (BMT) as if it were a condition you either have or don't have. But what if it was a learnable skill? Gary will teach you how to remain calm, build influence and get on top in high pressure situations.

AFP agents’ harrowing stories. "I was a high-flyer, a top performer — one of those alpha males: 6ft 5in, 115kg — with no fear and one of those guys who would do whatever was required for a teammate or the AFP ... I had what I would describe as a nervous breakdown; I drank heavily, took prescription medication and lost interest in most of the things I previously enjoyed. I have since battled with post-traumatic stress, depression and have thought about ending my life many times." (