Who can you help today?


From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leaders blog

There’s nothing quite as great as the feeling when you’ve done something for someone else. Contributing to something beyond ourselves, something greater than ourselves is endlessly inspiring.

“We rise by lifting others”

Robert Ingersoll

Helping someone else – by for example giving your time, sharing your knowledge, ideas, skills or network, is just great to do.

Do it unconditionally. Don’t do it expecting something back. If you get something back, then great, but never let that be the reason why you do it. Help because you want to.

To lead is to be of service to others, to enable others to do more, to be more.

Who can you of service to today? How can you help solve their problem, make their day easier? Who can you help today?

Thanks for helping!

About the authors

Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA.

Praise the setbacks!

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leaders blog

It can be tempting to constantly wish for great results and going from success to success. Smooth sailing basically. But that’s rarely how it is, is it?

We all experience setbacks, we all make mistakes. And it’s supposed to be that way.

Progress requires setbacks; the only sure way to avoid failure is not to try.

Henry Spencer

It’s the same for teams you’re in or lead. Sometimes things go easily, success is right there – and sometimes you need to come across hurdles, you need to learn to get over them, to find new solutions – learn new ways of approaching new challenges and situations.

So the next time your team stumbles, welcome it.

Look for the learning. Look for the creativity it can bring. Get the team discussing and finding solutions together, as great ideas are rarely a solitary Eureka moment – ideas feed each other and with great teamwork there are no limits to what you can achieve.

Here’s to success, yours and your team’s – spiced up by challenges, setbacks and changes!

About the authors

Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA.

Culture is created leader by leader

From WeAreTheCity’s Future Leader’s blog
“Culture is always present, it never stops”

Corporate culture is more and more recognised as a force to be reckoned with. “How things get done around here” matters. Culture matters.

Many organisations want to change or adapt their culture – to be more inclusive, innovative, collaborative, successful etc. But changing culture is not an easy task. In fact, it’s complex, as it involves people’s behaviours and feelings.

If you want to change or impact the culture, turn to yourself first. Think about how your behaviours shape the culture you’re in – and think about what you can do differently to shape a different culture.

What is culture then?

Culture is always present, it never stops.

In a way culture is quite simple, it simply determines “how things get done around here”. It is usually implicit rather than explicit and can be hard to pinpoint. It is not the “what”, it is the “how” of business. It is how people react, behave and interact every minute of every day. It is not something complicated or fluffy, it is something quite simple. It is the glue that holds an organisation together. It is however not determined by a framed poster on the wall in reception, it is more complex than that. And this is the challenge with culture, the concept is simple but the implementation can be very complex and habits die hard, and to change behaviours takes time.

The questions to ask, for an organisation that wants to embrace the power of culture, are these:

  • Do we have a healthy culture that drives the organisation forward, that makes it easy to operate effectively and efficiently?
  • Do people enjoy working there?
  • Does the culture deliver results while creating a true picture of an organisation with integrity?
  • Does it create trust and build confidence?
  • Does it attract customers, employees and investors?

These are relevant questions, because it should do all those things. Culture, as we’ve discussed, is “how things get done” and for that reason it should be on every board’s agenda as well as every executive team’s and every leader’s agenda. Leaders at all levels should be setting the tone for “how things get done”.

Culture definitely starts at the top, and at the same time it can’t just be dictated from the top. It needs to resonate with people at all levels, it needs to feel right for people, as something they would “stand for” themselves. It gets propagated by role modeling not just by words.

So think about what are you doing to help and support the culture that you are creating, it starts with you. You can influence it more than you realise. Start today

About the authors
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA.

What is culture then?

Culture is always present, it never stops.

In a way culture is quite simple, it simply determines “how things get done around here”. It is usually implicit rather than explicit and can be hard to pinpoint. It is not the “what”, it is the “how” of business. It is how people react, behave and interact every minute of every day. It is not something complicated or fluffy, it is something quite simple. It is the glue that holds an organisation together. It is however not determined by a framed poster on the wall in reception, it is more complex than that. And this is the challenge with culture, the concept is simple but the implementation can be very complex and habits die hard, and to change behaviours takes time.

The questions to ask, for an organisation that wants to embrace the power of culture, are these:

  • Do we have a healthy culture that drives the organisation forward, that makes it easy to operate effectively and efficiently?
  • Do people enjoy working there?
  • Does the culture deliver results while creating a true picture of an organisation with integrity?
  • Does it create trust and build confidence?
  • Does it attract customers, employees and investors?

These are relevant questions, because it should do all those things. Culture, as we’ve discussed, is “how things get done” and for that reason it should be on every board’s agenda as well as every executive team’s and every leader’s agenda. Leaders at all levels should be setting the tone for “how things get done”.

Culture definitely starts at the top, and at the same time it can’t just be dictated from the top. It needs to resonate with people at all levels, it needs to feel right for people, as something they would “stand for” themselves. It gets propagated by role modeling not just by words.

So think about what are you doing to help and support the culture that you are creating, it starts with you. You can influence it more than you realise. Start today

About the authors
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA.

Learning from today

From 2020 Vision leader’s blog

What has happened today that you can learn from?

What went well? How can you recreate that tomorrow?

What didn’t go well? What can you do differently tomorrow?

What went OK but could have been better? How can you make it better tomorrow?

Learning never stops. Grab every opportunity to expand your knowledge, experience and expertise.

What can you learn from today that will help you in the future? Keeping in mind that the future starts tomorrow…

Att leva i nuet – minnen från sommarloven

Klippa

Kanske är det så för oss alla att barndomens somrar har ett visst skimmer omkring sig när vi tänker på dem. Så är det i alla fall för mig.

Mina skimrande somrar spenderades framför allt i Luleå – på vårt underbara Lillängen och ombord på Geishan i Luleås skärgård – och på Väddö i vackra Roslagen.

Det var på 60- och 70-talet som spenderade vi ett antal somrar på Väddö, närmare bestämt på Luftvärnets Skjutskola, ett militärt avspärrat träningsområde precis vid Ålands hav. Där fanns flera hundra värnpliktiga i baracker och sen  runt 6-7 stugor för befälet – där bodde vi då pappa var en av dem.

På nåt sätt var det som att tiden och världen stod till därute. Kanske var det för att vi var så isolerade – det var ju ett militärt område och ingen obehörig kunde/fick ta sig in.

Där levde vi så i totalt lugn och stillhet (sånär som på övningsskjutandet som pågick dagtid!). Minnen blandas ihop med bilder och film som mamma och pappa tog och det är svårt att veta vad som är ihågkommet och påmint. Det gör ingenting.

Vad jag tänker på är hur vi på nåt sätt bara “var”, helt i stunden, tog dan som den kom, gjorde vad som föll oss in, i harmoni med väder och andra omständigheter.

Rodde ut på Ålands hav, badade hur kallt den än var i vattnet, fiskade på bryggan i badviken, jagade varann på klipporna, badade fötterna i de små pölarna som bildades i havsklipporna – och när vi blev lite äldre – spelade tennis, låg och läste, spelade kort och köpte godis på “markan” (och spanade in de värnpliktiga!)

Det fanns ingen telefon, ingen diskmaskin, ingen tvättmaskin och ingen affär. Och det var helt OK. Kommer ihåg hur vi åkte “hem till stan” för att tvätta nån gång varannan vecka eller så. Eller åkte in till Norrtälje för att gå på konditori – kändes som en riktig lyx!

Dessa minnen är så starkt förankrade  i mig att jag kan framkalla känslan av dem när helst jag vill.

Gör du detsamma med dina minnen? Hittar du inspirationen, lugnet, drivkraften, glädjen i dina bästa minnen?

Ta en stund och kom ihåg och hämta kraft i dem. Kanske minns din barndoms somrar. Men inte för att bli sentimental och leva i det förflutna, utan för att kunna leva så bra du kan nu.

Så ta sen en stund och lev i nuet – det är nåt vi kan göra som vuxna också (jag har mycket att lära från de barndomssomrarna:-)) – att bara vara. Och förutom njutningen av att leva i nuet, att verkligen uppleva det som händer idag – tänk vilka fina minnen vi skapar för vår framtid!

When the world around you stops

Istanbul

I’m spending my 5th day in Istanbul. I was supposed to be here for 24 h.

This is what it feels like to be helpless. I’m used to taking charge, to make things happen, and as a big part of Europe and parts of the rest of the world comes to a halt (at least in the skies), I find that what I am left with is taking charge of myself and how I respond to the current situation. But of course, it’s actually exactly as how it is in any other situation.

As I left Stockholm last Thursday, I noticed that flights to the UK and Norway were cancelled, but just didn’t realize how this ash cloud was going to spread. As I checked into my hotel in Istanbul that same evening and switched on the TV, I became aware that my route back had been closed. And at the same time I was thinking “Oh, I’m sure it won’t be that bad”, so the next morning I packed my bag and checked out.

I wasn’t going anywhere though.  Out of the client group I was working with only a couple of people got out that day. The rest of us hunkered down for the weekend, changing hotels, desperately trying to find ways out. Airlines, travel agents, trains – there must be something!

In the middle of it all, you also need to realize that there is only so much you can do and then make the best out of the situation.

So now I’ve seen the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar and much more. And as I’ve walked the streets of Istanbul, it’s felt surreal – how come I’m here? If anyone had told me that I would be getting a closer look at this giant city where east meets west, I would have said they were crazy.

Well, here I am. Still here. Impressed and intrigued by this bustling city, intrigued by what’s happening with Iceland and the ash cloud and everything that it brings. And what a reminder this is, that we really can’t control nature.

And we, human beings, the modern world, have somehow gotten so used to controlling things or at least trying to control them:-)

I’m very happy not to be stranded here on my own. And I will get home soon, somehow. I’m taking control of my state of mind, of my thoughts, of my optimism. There is a solution, of that I am sure.