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Read This If You Want To Keep Your Job This Christmas

This is a short, sharp Possums post. And please- share it with as many colleagues and teams as you can, and with anyone you care about. Because this is a powerful message which- if you screw it up- will have huge ramifications. Here it is.

I was reminded about this threat when visiting the Hunter Valley wine district this weekend to see the amazing Leonard Cohen in concert. As I relaxed over coffee the following morning, I looked up to see a message on the café wall. It kind of shocked me, because it reminded me of one of the most dangerous threats that December holds. I have seen many careers implode because of it, many great client relationships disappear. And we must make damned sure no-one makes this mistake on our team. Easier said than done, but it can be done. Here it is:

Help Me Save A Life Next Week- And No Money Asked For- Promise!

I wrote a post once about knowing when to ‘turn up.’ Read it again or read it for the first time. Please. And then join me please in turning up next week, on Thursday 12 September. Together we can save a life, or several. No joke. Here’s how.

I want to spread the word about an incredibly important day, Thursday 12 September. If you get any value out of Possums, then the one thing I ask of you in return is this: retweet this post NOW, ‘Like’ it, pass it on in LinkedIn, do whatever you can to spread the word.

It’s a day that was inspired by a colleague, Gavin Larkin, who sadly passed away about two years ago after a long illness. This day is one of his many legacies of an action packed life well led. Gavin made a massive contribution, and we miss him.

It’s a day he designed and is built around saving lives by asking one very simple question. Here it is

How To Have Outstanding Innovation Sessions and Brainstorms

I’ve always been intrigued by the Steve Jobs quote: “You know great design when you want to lick it.” But how the heck do you design great products, or great ideas that will revolutionize your own business, or that of a client? I just attended a session on innovation which gave me the answer. It’s a short read. And invaluable.

Some of the best thinking and work within STW is coming from our superb group of branding and design agencies. So when our training company, Phuel, told me about their latest licensed simulation: Design Thinker, I was immediately intrigued. This session gives participants live practice in the skills of design thinking, and was developed in partnership with Experience Point and IDEO, probably the most famous innovation design business in the world. So we immediately signed up our leaders to attend the course, and were not disappointed. Here’s what we discovered.

The Best Advice I Ever Received About Changing Jobs

I’d been CEO of Ogilvy PR for two years having sold my PR firm into the group. I was feeling stale and wanted a change. But I did not have the courage to quit, fearing a life of selling bananas on street corners if I left my current security for the great unknown. And then a wise man gave me some advice. I quit next day. This is what he told me.

I was reminded of this story while having breakfast recently with a dynamic software and gaming industry leader who recently decided to leave that career and start afresh.

He was frenetic in analyzing his recent career, and on what he thought he’d do next. I stopped him after the first coffee. “Focus entirely on the future, but don’t get fixated about having absolute clarity about what you want to do next. Rather, follow this critical piece of advice that was given to me once. It will ensure you make the right decision.”

How To Achieve Outstanding Results- On Time, Every Time

Tony Blair’s autobiography was a dull read. Then – suddenly- as he was detailing the process he drove to bring peace to Northern Ireland (pretty cool), he shared a tip so powerful that I immediately stole it, and now use every day to help myself, our businesses and people, achieve more. This is what he said.

Actually, I learnt a lot from Tony Blair’s autobiography, but only realized its impact some time after I finished it. For example, the power of taking breaks from the office with senior colleagues… of getting away from the pressure cooker, and calming things down so as to talk deeply and resolve – calmly- complex issues. At STW, CEO Mike, CFO Lukas and I call these our ‘Fresh Air Sessions.’

But it was the technique he used to drive complex negotiations around the Northern Ireland peace process that was his most valuable insight. It’s vital for business success, and to create sustainable momentum.

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.