TALKING POINT 1:
Changemongers: the inside job of thought leadership
Throughout history there have been countless examples of warmongers; entrepreneurs and politicians who thrive in the disruption of war. Warmongers profit by selling arms, trading in human lives, and preying on the negative impacts these disruption events create. As mercenary and unpleasant as the idea of warmongering is, perhaps it's the context of the behaviour (rather than the behaviour itself) that's distasteful.
Maybe the strategies mongers employed when profiting from war should be informing (to a point) the strategies we will employ...
TALKING POINT 2:
Communication should be measured less by what you say and more by what is heard. The greatest idea on earth is of no value if no one can understand or communicate it. Talk as much as you like, but if the message is not getting through, then you are not actually communicating. Too often leaders say 'message delivered', without checking or doing everything they can to ensure 'message received'. It is your responsibility as a leader to get your message understood, not the listener’s to understand it. For this to happen you cannot simply rely on just your natural or preferred communication style.
TALKING POINT 3:
LISTENING TO LEAD
I have the auditory equivalence of a photographic memory. I remember pretty much everything that people say to me. Imagine living with that (poor Lexie!).
As a result, I have to be quite selective around what I choose to listen to and the level of conversation and depth I have in my day-to-day life.
TALKING POINT 4:
THE LEADERSHIP X FACTOR
Are you a motivational leader, do you bring it? Are we better because you are in our lives? Do you have the X factor? Email, death by power point, and more boring meetings certainly won't help you achieve it.
Leaders today need to go ‘old school’—they need to get back to those original base actions of connecting, talking and inspiring the people around them. They need to get out from behind their strategy and bring leadership to life. They need to be able to make a difference personally. Their very role as leaders, the purpose of their existence, is to make a difference and the difference they make is one of amplification.