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Why I Told The Monk Not To (Rude Word) With Mickey

Monks are generally gentle and peace loving people. So why was my heart beating so fast and why was I paralyzed with fear when I looked the monk in the eyes and said: “OK- I will start very slowly – but beware- whatever you do, don’t (rude word) with Mickey.”?

The story begins a few years earlier when a Walt Disney CEO, who when advised by a consultant to refresh the Disney logo, very bluntly said: “Don’t (rude word) with Mickey.” The Mickey logo was sacrosanct – a proven winner and well-loved symbol of everything the company stood for – and was never to be tampered with.

And that was equally true with what the monk wanted to do to me that day, and I just wasn’t having any of it. This is what he wanted to do to me.

Eight Proven Steps On How To Deliver A World Class Result- Every Time

We just staged our annual STW Kick Off conference for our 400 most senior leaders. The feedback was amazing. “The most inspiring, impressive conference day of my career.” “Better than TED, better than Cannes.” We were overwhelmed with the impact. How had we pulled off such a triumph? The secret is this.

In planning our 2012 conference, CEO Mike set precise goals: “The 2012 conference needs to be an inspiring and insightful ideas-rich forum that gives our leaders deep value. It needs to demonstrate the power and influence of STW, and our clear leadership position. There is going to be a lot of salary sitting in that room so we had better make it worth their while. It needs to be world class.”

It was what the team did in that first hour that ensured the success of this event. It’s a tip proven to ensure an outstanding result every time, whenever you have a major goal to achieve. Here it is.

The iron man’s secret to business success in 2012

I learnt a tip from an Iron Man last week that has turned my world upside down. This insight, so simple yet so powerful- has absolutely changed the way I am viewing 2012 and chances of success in tough times. I have never felt more optimistic. Here’s why.

Read the papers. Listen to the news. If you are in business, it’s all gloom and doom. Economic woes everywhere: businesses under heavy pressure. It’s hard not to get pessimistic about the outlook for 2012.

Unless, that is, you have heard this advice from former Iron Man great Trevor Hendy. For those not familiar with Iron Men, they are supreme surf lifesavers who also compete in complex surf sport competitions.

I heard the story second hand. But here’s the essence.

The just-invented new four letter word that will save you

There has been more change in the past 5 years than the previous 50. Change will never be this slow again. To survive, we have to embrace a brand new four letter word. Without it, our careers and businesses will soon be history.

At the Cannes Creativity Festival in June 2011, I learnt a just-invented four letter word which I now use ten times a day: at work, when coaching myself, even with my children.

It’s a word that captures an attitude which is critical if we are to keep ahead of and thrive through the avalanche of change happening in business, and in our lives.

The word is Ebne…. And this is what it means.

What the air hostess told me that changed my life

Whenever I sit on a plane, and while the safety demonstration unfolds, I am reminded of the most powerful advice I have ever been given by a stranger. It changed the way I live and work. Maybe it will do the same for you?

Her name was Christina, or so read her Air Hostess name tag. She was doing the safety demonstration. When it came to using the oxygen masks, she explained how adults should first affix theirs before helping their children put masks on.

“Why should we do that?” I asked her when she had finished.

Her reply changed me forever.

Why eating frogs are the key to success

I read once that eating a frog every morning would help me achieve more. I tried it. It’s not pleasant, but it sure as heck works. Here’s why.

Apologies to the Firebrand blog followers who heard a version of this story a few weeks ago. It’s such a valuable tip that I wanted to share it with the 2,500 Wrestling Possums subscribers who might not have.

If anyone ever asked my view on the key to success in business, my answer I fear would disappoint.

It’s this one habit that has helped me stay one step ahead and get the opportunities that have come my way. And it’s a habit which might leave you under whelmed. So be it. Here it is.