Until a few weeks ago, the average person would have barely heard about Huawei, but suddenly, this Chinese tech giant is global news and is at the centre of a geopolitical row. WHY? And what does this mean for the global rollout of 5G networks? I will explain.
My first car was an 87’ Suzuki Swift. It was white, with tinted windows and a purple strip light underneath. I had modified it to look cool while night-cruising around the beach in Whiterock, BC. “What was your first car?” I used to get asked this question a lot, mainly at the pool table or around a water cooler. But these days, there is a new ice-breaker question that is gaining ground: “Do you have a car?”
Decision making is a vital component of business success. Decisions that are based on a foundation of knowledge and sound reasoning can lead you and your company into long-term prosperity. On the other hand, decisions that are made on the basis of flawed logic, emotional thoughts, or incomplete information can quickly leave a negative impact on a business and its employees.
The human brain is amazing. It got us to the moon, cured diseases and created awesome inventions, yet for some reason we can’t go more six minutes without checking our phones – research shows we now check our phones up to 150 times per day. Our attention spans are equivalent to that of a fish. Focus is a lost art.
Since you’re reading this, and you’re clearly a smart person, and you want to improve the performance of your organization, you’ll find that Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) provides several interesting ways of viewing organizational dynamics. Yes, that opening sentence was an NLP crafted sentence. You caught me.
Yesterday, I bought a product online because I saw a positive review on another website. Did I know the reviewer personally? No. I only even knew about the product because of a link sent to me by a friend, over WhatsApp. Without ever seeing, touching, or experiencing the product in any way, I made a purchasing decision entirely based on social media.
I define leadership (in part) as the stewardship of unrealized resources, and management as the stewardship of existing resources. To me, this is a fundamental difference between the skills of management and leadership: the nature of a stewarded resource. To illustrate the point, I have a case study for you, from Apple.
I’m often asked about how to build corporate credibility, which is both easy and hard. The key is to match what you say to what you do. Akio Toyoda had one of the biggest business leadership challenges so far this century. He led the Toyota Motor Corporation through arguably its most challenging season, on the foundation of measurable alignment between his own behaviours, and the company’s spoken values.
How can such a smart investor make such a bad choice… again?! A while back, I evaluated the viability of a major manufacturing unit and realized that the business unit was not going to be profitable. In spite of many millions of dollars invested and the fact that the 3 year project hadn’t even been commissioned yet, I had to recommend that the unit be sold off, or the product line changed dramatically.
If you feel like a cog in a big, cold, corporate machine today, just remember that you have a unique purpose on the earth. Whether you believe in God, a ‘higher power’, or you are an atheist, you know that you are the only person alive that has your particular blend of talent, skills, and experience.