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The most important lesson from the life of Steve Jobs (why we need nutters, pirates and positive deviants to succeed)

The most important lesson from the life of Steve Jobs for those of us in professional services and consulting worlds is not what you’d expect. Yet for me, it is what I’ll always remember Jobs for, more than anything else. Here it is.

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann wrote: “The challenge of leadership is not to fit in. It’s to have combined passion with purpose, and the most inspiring and successful leaders, I think, don’t fit in.”

Steve Jobs did not fit in. His legacy endorses my recent guest post for Firebrand Talent’s blogs entitled:” Why We Need Nutters, Pirates, and Positive Deviants To Succeed.”

As a tribute to Steve Jobs-and with apologies to dual Possums/Firebrand Talent subscribers, here is that story. It’s my favourite.

Eat this and you will be a true champion

In Andre Agassi’s fridge lies the answer to the type of diet we need to feast on if we want to be the best we can be. I find it hard to swallow. Do you?

A friend once asked the guy next to him on a plane what he did for a living.
“I’m one of tennis player Andre Agassi’s three backhand coaches,” the man replied.

WOW! Three backhand coaches! Agassi was clearly a guy who feasted on feedback. And they say feedback is the food of champions. The lesson is clear. We need to become feedback gluttons if we are to reach our full potential. Just as Agassi did, over many years. And here’s a simple and proven way to do it.

Usher, tattoos, taxis – three top tips to keep clients wanting more

By being in the mosh pit at rock concerts, I am a better, more ‘in demand’ and vibrant client adviser. Sounds weird? Maybe- but it’s true. Here’s why.

Pink’s was bouncy, young, optimistic, inspiring. Kings of Leon grungy, alcohol-city and smelling of vomit. I saw stuff at Usher I am still trying to process. Leonard Cohen? Well- the crowd was so old we were all seated! Point is- I learnt an enormous amount at every one of these events.

Here’s the rub. We have to work hard every day to ‘feed our minds’, and keep connected to the real world around us- the audiences and sub-cultures our clients or organisations are selling products to. Here are my three top tips to do just that…

Why I have the best job in the world – and you can too!

This could be the most valuable Wrestling Possums post I will ever write. It might shape your career, or change your path forever. It will help tell you whether you have, or could make your current job, the best job in the world. Or if it’s time to move on. It’s a must read, and please- pass it on to those you care about.

We have one shot at our careers. Making sure the roles we give our talents and energies to are in turn giving us what we need to thrive, be fulfilled, happy and realise our full potential is vital.

A new role seems like a chance for a fresh start, and a step up. But is it? Or can you actually improve key ingredients of your current role to make it right for you at this stage of your career.

There are five key criteria which make up the ideal job for me. Have a look at each. Score each out of ten. I consider a 7/10 or above an ideal score for each criteria. Give it a go. Does your score add up to 35/50 or above?

“Stop being so bloody busy” The best advice I’ve received

When one of the most impressive advertising leaders in the world told me to “Stop Being So Bloody Busy”, his words had a profound impact, and changed the way I operate.

Miles Young, now the global CEO of Ogilvy, opened his speech to the regional PR leadership meeting in Cambodia with: “Now- here’s my message: please, stop being so bloody busy.” When he explained what he meant, it was clear his advice was invaluable.

It’s advice that has made me slow down… to stop and think…and has helped me become a much better Trusted Advisor, and friend. Here’s how Miles explained himself.

Nike and the F word: How to motivate yourself into action

Warning! This post contains a naughty word. No-not ‘profit’. This one starts with F, and ends with K. But it’s a relevant story- one I only recently heard, and which has had an immediate, dramatic and positive impact on my effectiveness and productivity.

Productive, successful executives are those able to consistently tackle and get done difficult and big challenges. How do they do it?

Frankly- I don’t know, but I do know how I get more of the important things done, and recently learnt a great additional tip from a book by fitness guru Michelle Bridges, who made her name as the fitness coach on the TV show, “Australia’s Biggest Loser.” It’s a fabulous tool to increasing our performance- every time we have a tough job to do.