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Succession Planning

Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
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Handing Over the Baton

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Welcome to this months Thoughts on Leadership.

Over the last few years more and more Baby boomers who have built up their business have suddenly looked in the mirror and said “I’d like to retire” or “I’d like to move on now”. Of course there are those not doing this but that is a different story!

I want to challenge your thinking about succession planning and retirement.  Waiting until you are 65 or at the point when you want to leave is not an excellent idea.  So, what are you doing for succession planning? Are you even thinking about it?  It doesn’t matter where you are in your life, it’s about planning and knowing where you need to be.

There are two sections in succession planning.  Firstly, you need to make sure you have people prepared for your departure.  Will your successor have the knowledge, skills and ability to lead?  Will the people have confidence in them?  Have you got the business in a strong financial position etc. Secondly, have you got something to move on to?

I had a client who said to me “Paul, I want to leave in about five years”.  I replied “Good, the first thing we need to decide is what are you going to be doing with yourself in five years and a day?”.  To which I got a curt reply “That’s nothing to do with you!”.  It may have nothing to do with me, however, it has everything to do with succession planning”.

If you have nothing to do, then in five years and one month you’ll be under your partners feet.  You’ll be bored, looking for something to do.  Worse, you’ll give up and become lazy.  Even worse still, you’ll try to go back, only to find the business and people don’t need you anymore!

What are you going to fill your life with?  How are you going to lead an active, meaningful and fulfilling life?

Succession planning maybe getting the business into a good shape, but that’s the second part.  Firstly, you need something to move onto.  You need a target, otherwise you could find yourself not willing to leave.  It’ll give you a motivation and then the ability to move on.

Have a great month

– Paul

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Dressing the Part

Posted: September 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

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Dressing the Part

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Welcome to this months Thoughts on Leadership.

I am quite alarmed at how people are not taking into consideration how they are dressing for occasions.  I know the standard dress for a man; trousers, tie, shirt, jacket, suit etc. has changed.  Casual dress at work has become the norm.  You don’t see ties, I can’t remember the last time I wore a tie.  Things have changed, however, if we are not careful, with it has come a sense of sloppiness.  Do we really care about what we are?  How you look has an impression on people, especially when you meet for the first time.  If your Richard Branson you have got billions of dollars, then you can pretty much turn up in anything and people will accept you.  Why? … because your reputation comes before you.  That is not always the case.  It depends on whom you are dealing with.  You need a sense of style, a sense of professionalism accompanied with a sense of individuality, and cleanliness.

So my challenge/question for this month:

  1. Do you really think about how you present your self?
  2. Do you take some consideration for your ‘look’?

You have asked yourself the questions, now go look in the mirror.  Seriously, when you go to work in the morning have a look at yourself. How am I dressed? Sit down, Stand up again and look at how your clothes look now.  Creased? Messy?  When you get home at the end of your day, take another look.  See what had changed about you through the day.

Go do some research on how colour affects your ‘look’.  How certain clothes help give you shape or find a look.  Make sure it can hit these points; do you look professional?  Would I take me seriously? Am I consistent?  If I had a surprise customers or meeting would this be good enough?

We can get into a mental trap, where we have this image of how we look, but in reality the day has creased us up, we may have stains etc.  Of course, we are creating an impression through our dress, our facial expression, or gestures etc.  We have control to create a good impression, we can create a style, but also remember we need authenticity.

So over the next week, I want you to come up with a plan to make sure you are creating the right image.  To your customers, clients, co-workers, employees whom ever they may be. So you can get the business, the right mind-set, the reputation and credibility you deserve.

Have a great month.

– Paul

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