Greatness is Not a Destination

What you do along your professional journey prepares you for what you are here to serve.

In the case of Gandhi, for instance, his early study of the British law helped him negotiate for India’s independence.

For John Paul II, it was his stage acting as a young man during the war that prepared him for the role of his life as the first Pope in the TV age.

Steve Jobs described his early study of calligraphy as the catalyst to the idea of merging design and beauty into computers.

The point is that much of your work is about building capabilities and seeding possibilities. Your journey is about opening future options.

Where do you find greatness?

Greatness is the charisma that accompanies the journey to discover how you are meant to gift this world.


© Aviv Shahar

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    Winning a Dogfight in The Air

    In this Key I am going to share with you a focusing practice. This practice saved my life and it can save your life too, not just in flight, but in business and at work.

    Life is not a dogfight. There is a lot more to living and working than a fight between two opposing sides. Many situations are not a zero sum game, where one side is the winner and the other the loser. We now operate in a world that is hyper-complex in more ways than we can easily navigate. You often collaborate with the competition, and co-create opportunities with all parties involved. This is a universe of exponential possibilities. In such an interconnected world the dogfight bifocal practice is even more critical. Read more about the dogfight bifocal practice here.

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      Cloister for Business Breakthroughs

      I enjoyed last week working with a great German team. The leadership team generated new insights, new ideas, and new agreements and created accelerated velocity. We worked in a cloister where Benedict nuns used to work, surrounded by wine country…a great place to create business breakthroughs.

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        My Answer to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

        In his compelling interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella framed the ultimate game-changing question but left it unanswered.

        The question Nadella asked is: “How do you create that self-organizing capability to drive innovation and be focused?”

        Here is my answer to Nadella’s captivating question.

        © Aviv Shahar

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          Three Horses for the Year of The Horse

          A Chinese teacher offered me an intriguing parable. He said, “In this year of the horse you get to choose among three types, the race horse, the dressage horse and the work horse. The race horse is an intense thoroughbred that can quickly accelerate to a wild run. The dressage horse is a gentle and graceful animal that can teach you how to ride. The large, strong work horse can plow on and carry your cart forward steadily. This year offers you these three choices. You must select which one will lead you.”

          What is your choice? Which horse is the one to help you move your business forward this year?

          What you imagine guides what you implement. Reflect on the above parable as you work to align your near-term efforts (Horizon One) with your long-term desired state (Horizon Three.)

          © Aviv Shahar

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            Your long-term vision must guide your near-term priorities

            You must work on the near term with a long term focus in mind.

            © Aviv Shahar

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              The KEY: The Seventh Fisherman

              In this KEY I share with you what I learned by observing a group of fishermen: What attracts the fish? Why some are successful and others not?

              Read about the three lessons I have learned from observing the seventh fisherman here.


              © Aviv Shahar

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                The Leadership Crossroads

                To understand the choices you face and what propels your movement, reflect on two questions: What are you trying to move away from? And, what are you hoping to move towards?

                © Aviv Shahar

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                  The KEY: The Coming Boom

                  This winter I am again catching waves in the ocean. Since the beginning of time, the ocean has been the ultimate metaphor. With its undercurrents, riptides, waves and tsunamis, it is a metaphor for the market, the economy, and for just about anything else in life. Swimming against the current is counterproductive. Success comes when you go with the current and catch the waves.

                  Most people stay on the beach. I dive into the water. Since the majority prefers to watch from the outside, there are only a few of us in the water.

                  Here are the questions that remain as the waves recede from the beach: What new waves will 2014 bring to shore? What are the undercurrents that are building power? What ideas or ventures will succeed and grow this year? What riptides may surprise us? Will we have the fortitude to act counter-intuitively? Where will the next tsunami-spawned boom occur? And what capabilities and strategies will be rewarded in this year?

                  In this KEY you will discover eleven trends that will boom, and eight capabilities that will be rewarded handsomely in 2014.

                  © Aviv Shahar

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                    Market Trends and Your Strategy

                    To lead strategic innovation and shape the future, you need to study trends to develop foresight.

                    © Aviv Shahar

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