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Are you in the 28% of CEOs? Or in the 43% at least?
Being a CEO is a great role, and with great power comes great responsibility. So I was quite puzzled when I read these stats:
* Astonishing CEOs stats about their own job security
* Unexpected stats about digital innovation, changes and engagement
* Expected stats about poor execution of the technology and/or consulting they invested in
-> Unreasonable expectations for CEOs
-> Frustrations and common issues
-> No time for finding a better way
Why A-Players are NOT the solution for your company?
* Why A-Player Talent is NOT the solution for the company you drive
* Differences between employees who follow your rules and the ones who challenge them
* Which of the two types do you want and need?
Management rule: your processes and your workflow, and therefore your consistency and Quality in the results you get, are only as good as the less skilled person being able to execute them as anyone else.
Meetings = Crisis
- Meetings = Crisis
- Most companies ARE in Crisis mode
- WHY adding a client project KILLS YOUR BOTTOM LINE
- WHAT to do instead
- HOW to have solid Management to foster Improvement, achieve greater results, retain Talent
DO let your left hand know what your right hand is doing
I listened to a very interesting podcast where they talked about the huge need of companies to have "Processes and Systems".
This actually starts very early... usually scaling up from 20 to 100 people.
Read WHY this starts that early.
At what HEADCOUNT do you start noticing?
Of course, it may be corrected later - in some cases, but at what bigger cost?
The cost of Turnover can kill your business
"The startling truth is that more than a quarter of employees are at high risk of turnover. What’s worse is that one-third of those at high risk for turnover are talented, motivated employees who exceed performance expectations."
On top of that, up to 213 percent of an annual salary for highly educated executive positions!
What if you could combine Technology with Humans - for real?
I really like the idea of combining technology with a ''human voice''.
Automation is important - or unavoidable...
Humans are way too often being pushed to work like machines... when that is - obviously - not their strength.
Who can think in terms of algorithms in your company?
STOP protecting your data: SHARE it!
The business model of harnessing and protecting data (because that's where you get the value from) is over. The value is in the interconnection. We still don't see the manifestation of this, and that is normal, the effect takes time to propagate.
Is the Peter Principle affecting the Talents in your company?
In most companies, employees are promoted based on their success in previous jobs. However, being very good in one job do not necessarily translate to another!
One very typical example is someone who has a strong technical competence, who then gets "promoted" to Manager (or Executive).
Why every email triggers your FIGHT or FLIGHT reaction?
I remember one of my worst times managing people and projects and customer expectations: every piece that you moved to fight a small flame made a mess of the rest of the planning, impacted other projects, and created other fires.
Every single email that I received needed a decision - an uncomfortable one - and you know how many emails you receive daily.
Poka-Yoke: why this weird word can make or break the Results in your company
A customer was giving me feedback about a Productivity Assessment I made for their factory and used the word Poka-Yoke. What does this even mean? 👇 Poka-yoke is a Japanese term that means “mistake-proofing” or “inadvertent error prevention”.
Do you know discussions like "Oh, but I thought it said to do it this other way!"?
Not any more.
Talents too picky, or companies too demanding?
We have on the one hand companies that treat their personnel poorly, it’s a hard job, and there are no benefits. And on the other hand, a lack of personnel with market-appropriate characteristics. And, often, with very little willingness to accept anything other than "I want to do what interests me and gives me purpose".
Is technology really bringing us abundance?
In 1930 John Maynard Keynes declared that technology would allow working three hours a day. The world today is not so close to this kind of reality - yet.
Does it mean this prediction was wrong?
Not necessarily. It means that we are late in adopting innovative technology in a way to massively benefit both the workers and the companies.
Lessons learned in Security Evaluation and negotiating with Governments
What did I learn from it? Quality, 𝘘𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 and 𝙌𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮. And 2 crucial skills.
Honestly, I probably quite disliked some parts.
- In hindsight, that is a GREAT GIFT for what I do now:
You should NEVER RETIRE!
You should NEVER RETIRE! I can already see the comments coming...
people complaining about the minimum age to get a pension increasing every couple of years, and how this is unfair. But how many people do you know that, after retirement, continuously slow down and live a bit of a dull life?
The most important thing I discovered is that I can’t waste any more time doing things I don’t want to do.
“The most important thing I discovered a couple of months after turning 40 is that I can’t waste any more time doing things I don’t want to do.” A symbolic quote from a symbolic film taking place in my hometown, Rome: a city that is as amazing as it can be dysfunctional.
How to turn the “Law of the lid” in your favour?
Let’s imagine a big saucepan full of water, the fire underneath, a lid on top of that. If the fire is low, the lid helps the heat propagate more from one molecule of water to the other, helping to spread the energy inside the saucepan.
Fasting: can that help your Performance and your Company?
I am fasting: no food, just warm herbal infusions for 2 or 3 days. “WHAT? ARE YOU CRAZY? You will starve and die”.
Great results or Happy people?
I want people to live well. Or, at least, considerably better than now.
Why it’s now your moment to reap the benefits of the new way of working?
We are entering a new paradigm of existing: something we never thought of before. A way of living that will improve the conditions for our society and our world.
If machines do more work, will we have less? Depends on Governments!
I was discussing with a Sales Director some changes that are happening in the workplace… how technology should be an enabler to let people work better, and how, used properly, this means that we will have… less work to do! Sure, we are not there yet, but look at how rapidly the professions — and the
Do you feel enslaved to Digitalisation?
The digital transformation process can be smooth! What happens often is that different teams or departments within the same company feel as passive receivers of a decision that was made elsewhere that does not really benefit them. When this happens, people are very reluctant to change.
5 Mistakes that will make your Working From Home miserable
Working From Home has several advantages, in that it allows you more flexibility to manage your time – and even to implement some of the productivity tips much more easily: would you do jumping jack exercises in the middle of the office to reactivate your body and refresh your mind? I don’t think so
The 10 Tips you need to know to obtain more results in less time
Picture yourself in one of these moments when you feel you are giving the best you can and obtaining much better results than the average day. It is possible to consistently achieve that type of great performance, and in this series of Productivity Tips you will leverage the best hints that worked f
How can YOU achieve GREAT results in LESS time (top Productivity)?
To obtain great results in less time you need to become the person that has the skills, the strength and the competence to achieve top productivity and to hold it firmly into your hands. The more you grow as a person, the more you grow as a professional, the more you realise that the source of succe
Characteristics of Top Productive people
You probably read my series of productivity tips, which range from personal approach to management techniques to communication and interaction. But… are there some characteristics that all top productive people have in common? And are these received at birth or can they be acquired, trained and expa
Why Coaching for Executives, Managers, Business owners?
“97% of coached companies would recommend business coaching to other SME” (London Business Coaching) -- In the vast majority of roles, you have someone more experienced you can learn from, or someone with more seniority who allows you to understand how things work in the company. And, in any case, t
How to choose a business Coach/Consultant?
There are many characteristics that a business coach/consultant should embody and, sure enough, these also depend on the specific field. There are, however, some ideal traits that I recommend to look for, as they are fundamental to set you up for success.
[Productivity Tip #10] - Disruption: challenge the “normal”
“Challenge yourself, your teams, your employees; seek for potential areas to disrupt, before an external, unexpected disruption impacts your productivity” (Tim Ferriss) — While are living in a moment of transition where the impact of changes and innovation grows exponentially. To pick just one example...
[Productivity Tip #9] - Your mind follows your body
When I ‘m unfocused I try to get out of my head and into my body (Semin Nosrat, quote from Tim Ferriss’ book “Tribe of Mentors”) You have seen in the previous tips various ways to manage your time, your energy, your activities, your focus, how to consistently have results and how to rely on empowering ...
[Productivity Tip # 8] - 80/20 rule: what is missing? - An advanced application
“If you think about what we do in terms of efficiency, you may fall into the trap of trying to do things better, faster and cheaper instead of trying to be more effective and do high-quality tasks that have a greater impact on yourself and your business” (Kayvon K, Forbes Councils, 2017) — Many people...
Have plenty of Energy! - Achieve Top Performance? You need Energy!
[Main overview thread — a spin-off started from Tip #7a and Tip #7b of my Productivity Series — for each of the points below I will write a separate article] Dude you never get tired! Well, I actually do, sometimes, and you will see some ways to deal with it. There can be days in a row when the energy...
[Productivity Tip # 7.b] - Plan your tasks by your energy
The time you unplug is a part of, not opposite to, your workday (Tom Gibson) So, you have planned your activities and sorted them… long-term versus short-term impact, long tasks versus short tasks, deep work versus light work, high energy versus low energy needed. But you realised in Productivity Tip 7a...
[Productivity Tip # 7.a] - Manage your Energy, not your Time!
“If you have the same amount of energy of an ordinary average person, you will be an ordinary average person” (Marco Robert) You read on the previous Productivity Tip #5 how people, when confronted with relentless demands and unexpected challenges, tend to slip into the fight-or-flight mode. Such...
[Productivity Tip # 6] - Work Less!
“It seems counter-intuitive, but you can get more done by doing less.It’s your level of performance when you are working that counts” Now that you put in practice the Productivity Tip #5 your defence is solid and that’s enough to avoid losing… but if you are reading this series of articles you are a...
[Productivity Tip # 5] - Problems or Challenges? Depression, Burnout, Turnover
“We have created an environment so complex, fast paced, and information laden, but we must increasingly deal with it in the fashion of the animals we long ago transcended” (Robert Cialdini) Basically, our biology is not designed for today’s world; it didn’t catch up with the rapid changes of the...
[Productivity Tip # 4] - Your community is your strength
“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind” (Napoleon Hill) Now that it’s clear why habits are the fundamental bricks of your performance and how to start building up the great palace you have in mind, you may...
[Productivity Tip # 3] - New Habits = New Achievements
Things can be easy to do and easy not to do. The difference, in the beginning, is invisible...
[Productivity Tip # 2] - Talent is Overrated
“If you believe that your performance is forever limited by your lack of a specific innate gift […] then there is no chance at all that you will do the work” Relying on an inborn talent is a limiting belief. This is what Geoff Colvin shows in his book “Talent is overrated”, providing lots of studies...
[Productivity Tip # 1] - Be extremely specific in your ask
“it’s useless to push to the maximum if you go in the wrong direction” (Giorgio Ceredi) Did you have a fascination for Robin Hood and archers as I did in my childhood? I always remember those round targets with colourful concentric circles. One thing was clear to me: if you want to hit the centre of...
Returning to the office: disrupt or be disrupted. How will the future of the workplace look like?
Technology and motivation of your people will make the workplace more fluid — here is how One of the main challenges going back to the offices is that many people will not be motivated to work from the office anymore. This pandemic acted as the reckless kid in the folktale of the emperor’s new clothes...
Why increasing productivity is so important?
Productivity is the amount of results you, your team, your company obtain in a certain amount of time. When you work in a very effective way, the effort you spend gives you a great outcome...