What Jim the Beachcomber Can Teach You

Successful leaders have a talent for discerning the lessons presented in everyday life. They take the time to look around them, notice what is happening, then ask themselves what they can learn from those observations.

In this key we will reflect on how a lesson learned at the beach can have a profound impact on your business as well as in your personal life.

© Aviv Shahar

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How to Accelerate Personal Growth and Organizational Transformation

Typically, corporate executives call me when they have goals that include making a major impact on their business success by effecting transformational change in their organization.

In today’s competitive environment, a senior leader’s job is to ensure that his/her teams have the capacity to address challenges proactively, and to take advantage of opportunities posed by a world in which disruptive technologies, new business models, economic pressures, and shifting customer demand are the norm.

How must your organization transform in the next 18 months to meet your opportunities?

In this key you will learn how you can help accelerate change by internalizing and applying the four stages of learning and transformation.

© Aviv Shahar

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Three Steps to Developing Dynamic Teams

The point of leadership is to produce results through other people. You lead to create new outcomes that enable a desired future through the participative work of others. In this key you will discover three critical success factors to building dynamic high-functioning teams.

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10 Practices to Uplift Yourself

Do you ever feel as though you have parachuted onto an alien terrain? Do you ever get the feeling, captured by Einstein, who said, “A thought that makes me hazy: Am I or are the others crazy?”

It’s not just the crazies. With escalating geopolitical, economic, and technological trends all around, you get the sense that we are entering a new phase in planetary and human affairs, one filled with exceptional and unprecedented challenges and opportunities. But legacy institutions are incapable of addressing their magnitude and existing tools are insufficient to meet the complexity of the problems. The geo-political, economic, and social systems are ill-equipped to address them, and their response capacity is inadequate to facilitate resolutions that create new futures. This scenario sets the stage for both disruption and innovation.

We humans call ourselves the sapient species, but discernment is not prevalent and wisdom is rare. The challenges we see today reflect our lack of development and the opportunities we may miss if we are not open to seeing them.

In my work with senior teams I encounter very smart people, leaders who are the best in the world at what they do. Yet they are the first to volunteer that, despite their smarts, they are as fully capable of producing collective stupidity as they are of generating collective wisdom and breakthroughs.

As a species, we are prone to producing collective disasters. But right there, nestled inside our dysfunction, hidden next to the absurd and the insane, are game-changing insights and breakthrough possibilities—if we look for them.

Here are ten practices to help you produce extraordinary breakthroughs.

© Aviv Shahar

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Four Characteristics of a Leader

You are a leader because you help the people you work with, not because of your title. You are a leader because you face the world as it is and help to open a way forward for yourself and others to create what is yet to be. Here are four other characteristics of a leader.

 

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Your Resilience Practice – Part 2

In Three Resilience Starters I shared with you Don’s excitement about discovering his resilient profile. I suggested that you build a practice of resilience to improve every aspect of your life and work.

Here are four additional resilience vitamins to kindle a resilience practice with your teams and family.

 

© Aviv Shahar

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Half Full Is Easy

I strive to walk my talk and engage in learning opportunities wherever I go. Getting my hair cut at Hair Masters one day presented an opportunity. In this Key you will find the half full insight that showed up for me as I was getting my haircut.

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7 Realizations About Your Personal Growth

In Your Three-Story House I suggested that in each of the levels you do a different kind of work:

The ground floor is where you work in the business. On the second floor you work on the business. You work in the business to serve your clients. You work on the business to improve the business operation.

The third floor is where you work on you. You are the most important instrument for your business and for your life. Your confidence, versatility and energy enable you to create movement and to produce results. Here are seven realizations about your personal growth – the work you do on the third floor. This work determines your success on the other two floors.

  1. Reclaim your power. If you are not reclaiming your power, you are not operating from a position of strength and you are letting us all down. You owe yourself and the people that look up to you the full measure of your strength and value.  Read more here.

© Aviv Shahar

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The Story You Bring To Life

What is the story you create? How do you engage your people to connect the dots and bring to life a shared story?

As a leader you must cultivate curiosity and empathy in your people to engage their imagination for creating your organization’s future.

In this Key, I share with you what a passionate tour-guide taught me about the qualities of curiosity and empathy.

© Aviv Shahar

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Three Resilience Starters

Setbacks and challenges are part of life. We all experience them. The resilience mindset is that you are not defined by setbacks or challenges. You are defined by how you choose to respond and the growth journey you create as a result.

In the decades of helping leaders all around the world realize their vision and develop new futures, I have come to see that resilience is a key differentiator that sets apart highly effective individuals. Read more here.

© Aviv Shahar

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