30 augusti 2011

Business by manga

I woke up this morning about 4.30 AM. It was one of these days travelling early for a full day meeting in Stockholm. I spent the time in the airplane well, by sleeping and having a SAS-breakfast. I must say that after flying with Norwegian a couple of times, a SAS breakfast with Yughurt naturell with 8-corn müsli, fresh orange juice, a bun with cheese/ham/salad and a cup of tea, was really great. But, arriving to Arlanda I felt it was time to start doing something of a more intellectual challenge, so I decided to start reading the book I had brought with me: "The adventures of Johnny Bunko - The last career guide you´ll ever need", written by one of my favourite writer´s Daniel H. Pink. This book is "America´s first business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga."

I was amazed when I opened up the book, because I had totally missed that this book was written in a "comic format". I dunno how I could miss that. So it was a pleasant surprise for me, using the 10 minutes it took for Arlanda Express to arrive and the next 20 minutes to go downtown, enjoying this new way of a more fun learning experience. I could not wait until I got to the subway for another 8 minutes of funny reading. After my full day meeting, I then spent another 15 minutes to finalize it.
I must say that I am excited over this learning experience. A great book in a great comic format explaining "the 6 career secrets no one ever told you":
  1. There is no plan
  2. Think strengths, not weaknesses
  3. It´s not about you
  4. Persistence trumps talent
  5. Make excellent mistakes
  6. Leave an imprint
I personally think this type of "easy and funny to read story telling format" (the whole book took less than one hour to read) will gain in popularity the coming years, when we will have less time to read long management books. The "Iceberg is melting" by Kotter (see earlier blog post) and "Who moved my cheese", are another examples of telling a story that includes the management theories you want to explain. You could say that the exformation being communicated in this book is higher than in normal business format management books. Why? Because our brains like stories and like to have fun. In that way we will remember it more easily also...

Finally, why not end it with a YouTube clip - the "Johnny Bunko trailer":

28 augusti 2011

Effective habits

From "The 7 habits of highly effective people" - miniature edition, by Stephen R. Covey, I would like to share/quote this exformative information:

"Knowledge is the theoretical paradigm, the what to do and the why.
Skill is the how to do. And desire is the motivation, the want to do. In order to make something a habit in our lives, we have to have all three."

Enjoy - It is all about exformation!

26 augusti 2011

Magic Primal Leadership

I´m a bit upset concerning the concept of Primal Leadership. At an age of 44, I am really concerned about the fact that this concept is so poorly spread among my fellow leaders and also so poorly understood by myself, sofar... But, for me this is not rocket science, it is though scientifically explaining something that is more of an intuitive knowledge for me and also has been one of my core values throughout my career. That is, a leaders primal task is to secure that his/her personnel are in a good mood.

So, what is this about?
(Read my earlier blog post related to a summary of Primal leadership and the full HBR article as input)

A great body of research (by Daniel Goleman and his collegues) has found that emotional intelligence is carried through an organization like electricity through wires. The leader´s mood is affecting everyone throughout the business. Managing for financial results should start with the leader securing that the right emotional and behavioral chain reation occurs. Therefore, the leaders primal task is to manage his own inner life so that he is acting authentic, positive and with high-energy, then making sure that all his/her followers feel and act that way too.

For me this has implications in broader perspective, for all leadership roles where you are about to lead, coach, manage or teach a group of people, of course for different organizational line managers, but also for project managers, sales managers, parents, teachers, sports coaches, politicians and so on.

So, the question for today to you is:
In what contexts are you a leader and how do you secure that your followers are in a good mood?

Finally, a YouTube clip from one of the co-authers of the HBR article on primal leadership. Richard Boyatzis, showing us what primal leadership is all about ...:

19 augusti 2011

a Coaching Leadership style

What is a coaching leadership style anyway? And, how is it linked to Primal leadership?

Daniel Goleman has defined six different leadership styles to chose from in any given situation. These six styles comes from Goleman´s work on emotional intelligence, which sets out the underlying competencies associated with successful leadership (see table below from unc-blog). Goleman encourages leaders "to view the styles as six golf clubs, with each one being used in a different situation."

A coaching leadership style is appropriate "to help competent, motivated employees improve performance by building long-term capabilities.
Leadership characteristics for this leadership style: "listens, helps people identifying their own strenghts and weaknesses, counselor, encourages, delegates. This style is successful because "it connects what a person wants with the organisation´s goals".

From the Wishful Thinking, creative coaching and training blog, I found a post about "Coaching and Leadership". Read it or beat it!
They write, among other things, a recommendation for the book "Coaching for performance" by John Whitmore, a book that I also can recommend:

A classic book, by former racing car champion Sir John Whitmore. With Timothy Gallwey he formed Inner Game Ltd, which introduced principles from their sports coaching into the business arena. Whitmore emphasizes the facilitative nature of coaching in this excellent definition: ‘Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them’. He goes on to show how the real value of coaching skills such as listening, asking questions and giving nonjudgmental feedback is in enabling coachees to develop their awareness and responsibility through decisions and action. The book also introduces the GROW model, which is now a widely adopted framework for coaching in business

My final statement/quote inspired by Hamlet:
Be a coach or be coached - that´s not the question, it´s the answer

6 augusti 2011

Dare To Be Desigual

I must admit that I really love Desigual. I have bought two shirts (see photo), that communicate a clear message with statements and values that makes me happy.
Desigual uses clothes to tell a story and to communicate their values. Many brands are trying to instill stories, thoughts and power into their brand - Desigual takes it one step further by really using the actual clothes to communicate their story.

Some statements from their company profile (found at desigual.com):
  • It´s not the same.
  • We dress people, not bodies.
  • We create clothes and accessories with a heart... Clothes that touch the emotions.
  • It thrills us to thrill you.
  • Our secret: Fun and Profit.
  • Life is cool!!!
My final comment: It´s all about exformation!

Finally, an informative and exformative video showing how Desigual clothes are made - Made with Love:

Do you dare to be Desigual?

1 augusti 2011

Exformation Magic7 August Passion mix

I am sitting here feeling passionate about exformation music videos... I like!

This month I have compiled a mix of Coldplay in a Waterfall, Rihanna King size bed, Katy Easy Peace Me, Hoffmaestro, Rye Rye Robyn, Nicole Right here, Ratata ft Frida, Enrique (I am f-ing you) and Timbuktu Dansar.

Medvetet lyssnande

"Vi använder ungefär 60% av vår kommunikationstid till att lyssna. Av det vi hör så minns vi och bevarar ungefär 25%..."
Detta är början på ett spännande TED Talk om medvetet lyssnande - ett sätt att kommunicera effektivt och skapa förståelse.

För att optimera kommunikationen så är det alltså viktigt att träna på att lyssna medvetet. Här finns starka kopplingar till begreppet exformation som ju bl a omfattar att effektiv kommunikation beror väldigt mycket på hur mottagaren väljer att tolka den information han hör.

Kort summering av innehållet i klippet nedan:

We are losing our listening

Conscious listening creates understanding

Använd följande akronym för att komma ihåg hur du ska lyssna: 
R - Receive
A - Appreciate
S - Summarize
A - Ask

Avslutningsvis, direkt från TED.
Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better.

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