I recently delivered a coaching programme at a group level to the guys at Seal Films in Manchester. Nick Farrimond is one the company's directors
Got the T-shirt
Others describe me as an entrepreneur, I never do, but I am entrepreneurial, which is why I chose Mark’s quote to start this section off, it describes me perfectly. I have worked on stuff that I like and that I’m passionate about, without a master plan. I have had many employees, a few and none. I have run my own businesses, had business partnerships and been creative about subsidiaries so that employees could progress.
I’ve done really well and also bummed out, I’ve definitely got the T-Shirt. Being entrepreneurial is a state of mind, it’s a way of living life that you can even do while you work for someone else. It’s liberating and as long as you don’t take it too seriously, great fun.
Business transformation is about joining the dots. It’s knowing what you want your business to achieve tomorrow while being honest about what it’s achieving today. It’s a map that everyone in the business can read, so they can see what they are accountable for and what the rules are that dictate if they have got there or not. It’s science and magic.
“I think the main thing that came out of the sessions was getting conversations started that we have never had.”
Stories I’ve been telling
For the last few years I have volunteered my time to help UpRising, (an organisation that gives young people free access to leadership courses), lending my expertise to inspire the next generation of leaders. Victoria Turnbull is UpRising's North Regional Programme Manager.
It is easy to just plod along doing what you've always done and generally achieving the same results, month in, month out. But what about getting ahead of the game and progressing? Can you really afford to just sit back while the rest of the world races ahead making the necessary changes?
What makes a leader and maybe just as importantly; what makes a leader recognisable to everyone? We did a survey to see which world leaders were recognisable to Generation Z'ers. The results were very interesting indeed!
How can we be normal if actually we are all so very different from each other? If we were analysed a surprising number of us would find ourselves being labelled narcissists or psychopaths! And what was once considered abnormal is now normal and vice versa. Times change and seemingly so do what we call 'norms'.