The continuation of my reboot forces me to ask the question What kind of leader am I? and What kind of leader do I want to be?
It was reading ‘Standing still empty in time’ chapter 3 — that another key realisation dawned on me. A coping mechanism — learnt from childhood (and living with the unpredictability of an alcoholic stepfather*)
‘Over time, hyperawareness became part of my character, part of me. It became… a superpower. Even today… I track… every pause in the story (where it occurs, what words preceded and followed it, where their eyes move when they…
‘Slowing down the movie of our lives, seeing the frames and how they are constructed, reveals a different way to live, a way to break old patterns, to see experiences anew through radical self enquiry’
Potential Book Club has started and our first read is Jerry Colonna Reboot. 4 pages in and it is building my intrigue. By page 8 there are tears (good tears) and a profound realisation that now the real work starts…on myself.
The title is living up to its promise ‘Leadership and the art of growing up’; a journey of radical self enquiry, helping us to…
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” — Einstein
As a society — we seek to cultivate excellent behaviour and hope for excellent outcomes. But — excellence is a trade off. It’s quality control… The fable of 10,000 hours — pursuing the credit of ‘excellence’. Practice making perfect. We know how to teach this. A class of people through dedicated repetition will be able to bring themselves to be reliable members of society?
But we have blinded ourselves…
One of our core Potential Values is Wander Wonder. Taking time every day to just think.
When Alex first told me to ‘Do Less and Think More’, I was confused.
Here I was doing something new, with new people; a feeling of needing to prove myself and deliver and the first thing I was encouraged to do, was to do less…
I had always considered myself output focussed and prided myself on my ‘productivity’… its very counter intuitive to then take all that away. …
Is learned experience stopping you from starting anything new?
As we grow older we become more afraid. Afraid of not having a good position in life. Afraid of what your parents or friends will say; afraid of not following tradition, of not doing the right thing. But freedom is really a state of mind in which there is no fear or compulsion, no urge to be secure.
Don’t most of us want to feel safe?
Don’t we want to be told what marvellous people we are, how lovely we look, or what extraordinary intelligence…
Is this the biggest obstacle to overcome for your personal happiness and success?
It’s human nature. When we go outside of our comfort zone, we feel scared. Failure means looking silly. Failure means others may judge you or worst of all you judge yourself.
Sometimes it’s easier to not even try.
Have you ever been so afraid of failing at something that you have not even tried at all? Or has a fear of failure meant that, subconsciously, you sabotage your own efforts to avoid the possibility of failure?
Maybe it is this fear of failure that is making you…
“Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” — Lao Tzu.
The greatest people and leaders tend to have the curiosity to want to know themselves and become at peace with who they are.
Without self-awareness, it’s hard to make changes to your behaviour and personality. The more you pay attention to yourself the better you understand why you do the things you do…
Becoming self-aware requires a little experimentation — There is definite trial and error to figure out what works and doesn't work for you — but is…
Our Potential Book of Values explains how we create the right atmosphere for serendipity.
The Potential Way shares insights into the way we work and the tools we use. What we do is who we are. And who we are is our culture.
We have tried this stuff and it’s worked for us time and time again.
We run a series of experiments, some work; some don’t, some are still on their journey. Of the ones that work, we see such rapid success that we want to share the lessons learnt by the Potential Way of working.
Don’t close things…
Our Potential Book of Values distills the way we work.
But how do these values shape how we feel we can be as a team? And what is different about this way of working.
This is what was said.
Potential is a place to play and explore — we have the Playground for that very reason. As adults and in work — we can forget to play. We have deadlines, processes and priorities. We try to strip that back; we try to make work play.
This week we share our Potential Book of Values.
The heart of Potential is the People so the key to everything starts with unlocking people. Unlocking how people think about things. Giving permission and time freedom. Making these ideas work for you.
We look at Potential as a Serendipity Engine — There’s a perception that serendipity is luck, but you can create the right atmosphere to encourage serendipity.
How do you do that?
You, Done Different. What can we do for humanity if more talent found its rightful seat?