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Why Cheating Is Over, Dude

The actor Will Smith gave me some brilliant advice this week. It’s the secret to business success today. Get it wrong, and you’re stuffed. Here it is.

I’ve never seen a Will Smith movie, nor paid him any attention. So when he spoke to a packed room at the Cannes Creativity Festival this week, I was ready to be underwhelmed. Well, he was brilliant. Impressive. Focussed, with a genuine purpose to make a difference. It was this advice given to him by his son, who he’d flippantly advised to cheat on his girlfriend rather than end a 10 year relationship, that was the deepest insight. Will’s son told him this:

Why I Love To Be Rubbished

When the boss of one of the biggest communications groups in the world rubbished me and my reputation for a full 10 minutes, why was my reaction one of delight and high fives? Here’s the answer.

A former colleague had a meeting with the boss of one of the world’s biggest marketing communications groups. Let’s call him ’The Boss’, with apologies to Bruce. A mutual associate beamed down the phone: “Our friend told me The Boss spent 10 minutes of their meeting rubbishing YOU.”

I was bemused. I’d never even met The Boss. I was far down the pecking order when our worlds were vaguely associated. How and why on earth had he even heard of me? Then I remembered what I had done to give him the absolute shits. You see, as I have got older, I have become obsessed with boldness – in saying what I really think and feel, and doing what I believe is the right best thing to do, irrespective of the consequences. Here’s the price I pay:

Why I Want You To Play In The Traffic

It’s the worst advice for children. But powerful counsel if you want to make your career a huge success, today and tomorrow. Do this and thrive. It’s as simple as that.

I caught up with Paul K this week, a hugely talented, inspiring and successful entrepreneur who specialises in leadership work. I’d seen him eight months ago, just after I quit my big job. We’d chatted about my plans. Now I updated him on progress – on all the ‘shoe leather’ I’d been burning to connect and lift profile- and how my Advisory practice was booming.

“It’s no surprise,” Paul commented. “You’re doing something well that so many forget to do at their peril in their careers. You are……”

Have Courage-Do This One Magical Thing For Your Business And Your Life

One of our leaders took what many would say was a big risk last week. He asked us to an ‘urgent’ meeting, where he then outlined why his business was in ‘deep trouble’. We left the meeting delighted. Huh? How can that be? Bad news and we were thrilled? Here’s why. It’s a powerful message for business, and for life- if you’ve got the courage.

Actually, as CEO Mike and I walked across town to our next meeting, we concluded this business was NOT in deep trouble. It was underpinned with strength and vitality, with great people and deep specialization. But it had simply drifted away from its ‘heartland’, from what it did best. By playing again to its strengths, it would thrive.

What excited us most about the meeting was the pace of progress made in the discussion. This was made possible by all in the room doing one very simple thing. It’s very hard to do, but if you form the habit, incredibly refreshing and invigorating. Here it is.