- The night before make sure i have my sports kit ready
- Wake at 6am
- Dressed by 6.05. Leave the house.
- Either run or workout – see my blog on the weekly routine
- Finish the routine by 6.50
- 10 minutes of slow walking, relax, say thank you for the day, bless the day
- Get back by 7am
- Protein drink.
- Shower, dress, get breakfast ready for the family.
Its not the perfect morning as suggested by many, buts it’s good enough to ensure that I am fit and mentally ready for the day AND I can still have a family life.
7 rules of life, modified by coach John Wooden
- Be true to yourself. Don’t try to be better than anyone else, try to be the best version of yourself.
- Try your hardest and make the most of each day. Be able to look back on each day and say to yourself “I made a difference, I did good”.
- Help others. Anyone needs help in understanding this point, you’re are on the wrong page.
- Read and learn. More than 140 character tweets. Constantly sharpen the sword.
- Develop deep relationships. Take guidance from Obama’s parting speech and develop relationships with human, face to face (a radical concept I know) and not just through social networks.
- Build a shelter against a rainy day. Don’t live on the edge financially. Make sure you can survive a few hiccups.
- Pray for guidance and give thanks every day. If you are not religious, contemplate the day, celebrate what you did well, learn from what you could have done differently. Get a mentor.
Japanese proverbs tell us that we each have a unique path to follow. When we set off in life we don’t normally know what this path will be. And it’s important to think of this in all aspects of life and not just your professional career – see my blog post The Olympics of Life. We only get one turn at this path, so it’s important that you give it your best shot.
As it shows in the graphic, the path of life is not always plain sailing. But the reality is that the path that contains challenges, that tests us, that presents us with unforeseen issues is also the one that brings the most enjoyment and satisfaction. Its also the one where we are more likely to experience deeper love, stronger friendships and spiritual fulfillment.
From time to time the more challenging journey will make you feel inadequate, you will want to escape and you will look at other people’s paths with envy. This is normal. But ultimately a complete waste of time. Everyone is different. Your path is your own. You must make of it what you can. This is why so many people who win the lottery are miserable, because they are thrown into a different path and are incapable of changing or adapting.
Again the Japanese proverbs tell us what to do. Walk. Place one foot in front of another. Keep moving. Take each day at a time, learning from the last, planning the next. Be ready to capture experiences and take opportunities. Always try to be a better version of yourself, not someone else, from one day to the next. But all of this is only possible if you move. Walk. Go forwards. Do.
My talk at the Global Business School, Barcelona.
Richard Stokes, Technology Director EMEA at Tech Data, entertained Global Business School Barcelona Bachelor of Business Administration students with a thorough presentation on leadership in the time of crisis and disaster on Tuesday 29th November 2016 on the GBSB campus. Covering the impact crisis has on business, how to manage crisis, and understanding what actions can be made to navigate the situation were themes addressed.
With over 25 years in management experience at companies like Accenture, Transcom, and Allen & Overy, from London to Barcelona, Richard Stokes drew upon his wealth of experience to provide a summary of how leaders should activity approach adversity.
A leader can provide added value to a situation or derail it entirely based solely on their approach. This is an outline of how to manage misfortune appropriately in business.
1. Be the Leader: Show Up and Take the Lead
2. Assess the Impact: Get to the Bottom of the Issue
3. Communicate Effectively: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?
- You do not need to have all the answers at once.
- Tell the facts, and communicate the next steps.
- Understanding the reasons why are not important until after the issue is resolved.
4. Understand Timelines: Communicate Deliverable Objectives and Be Accountable
5. Build the “A” Team
- In times of crisis everyone is available.
- The leader does not ask, but rather tells employees politely what needs to be done.
- Thinking outside-the-box is imperative.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
6. Have a Plan: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” -Mike Tyson
- Having a plan is a great reference tool, but in times of emergency it is best to think proactively, improvising when necessary, to quickly fix the problem.
This is an email I sent to all of my team members today ….
This is the title of a business book from the eighties, before most of you were born, so it might seem out of date! Indeed no one at that time could have imagined the changes in the IT industry and the rise and fall of the some of the companies. The purpose of the book was to document a study that investigated why some businesses were excellent compared to others. They found that excellent businesses had the majority of the 8 themes from the book. (I copied these from a book summary)
- A bias for action, active decision making – ‘getting on with it’.
- Close to the customer – learning from the people served by the business.
- Autonomy and entrepreneurship – fostering innovation and nurturing ‘champions’.
- Productivity through people – treating rank and file employees as a source of quality.
- Hands-on, value-driven – management philosophy that guides everyday practice – management showing its commitment.
- Stick to the knitting – stay with the business that you know.
- Simple form, lean staff – some of the best companies have minimal HQ staff.
- Simultaneous loose-tight properties – autonomy in shop-floor activities plus centralised values.
I think the IT industry and the world economy have changed so fundamentally in the last 10 years that item number 6 is dead. However I see that all of the other items are still relevant to Tech Data and to ourselves. I also see that with items 7 and 8 we are losing the battle, and this will kill us and our company. I am sure you can all point out some aspect of bureaucracy that makes your daily work harder.
So here is the point of me sending you this email.
- We need to pursue excellence in everything that we do.
- We need to get on with it and “do”. I would point out the P-V that Kenneth has done as a brilliant example of this. This is a case study in taking initiative to get the job done. This is just one example, there are many more. However there are a lot of examples where we have not got on with it. Look at your own lists of actions and “just do it” (I think someone stole that for their own marketing campaign!).
- Be close to your customers and champion your own areas: if I look at many of the major incidents we have had in the past 7 days, we lack the discipline of one person being willing to champion that area – this point goes well beyond our own team, but we have plenty of examples ourselves.
- Point 5 is obvious. Everyone in the team contributes and needs to contribute. We are not a big team for the work we do. We need excellence in everyone and we should not put up with low quality from our colleagues. If you see, point it out (not just to me!).
- For my part, I will pursue points 7 and 8 and try to remove as many obstacles as I can, so that you can excel.
I would like to receive your comments on how we can improve as a team. In the meantime, keep up the good work and don’t settle for anything less than excellence, either from yourself or others.
You have to admire the amazing satire in the text from Disney’s Zootopia. The lesson is simple, don’t dream, don’t try – then you can never fail and get hurt. Therefore if you want to shoot for the moon, you have to be prepared to fail and get hurt. But then as the saying goes, the secret to success is how well you get back up every time you get knocked down.
Stu Hopps: Judy, you ever wonder how your mom and me got to be so darn happy?
Young Judy Hopps: Nope!
Stu Hopps: Well, we gave up on our dreams and we settled, right Bon?
Bonnie Hopps: Oh, yes, that’s right Stu. We settled hard.
Stu Hopps: See? That’s the beauty of complacency, Jude. If you don’t try anything new, you’ll never fail!
Young Judy Hopps: I like trying, actually.
Bonnie Hopps: What your father means, hun, is that it’s gonna be difficult, impossible even, for you to become a police officer.