It’s been a couple of days after the referendum. I am a German girl, living in London and couldn’t help but wonder what this post Brexit Britain does mean. Here are 12 questions for you guys to think about Brexit, Remain, Leave, Nigel Farage and the whole chaos.
Did you know that..
… not even the Leave party had a plan what to do in case Brexit would happen and that Article 50 hasn’t been tested yet?
…. the promises made by the leave party weren’t actually real promises? I’m just saying NHS.
… nobody really wants to be responsible and is willing to lead this country any more?
… even Nigel Farage who was the main promoter of the Leave campaign has “quit” after Brexit? Do you know why? Because he wants his life back!
… potentially new Prime Minister Theresa May campaigned for Remain?
… Nigel Farage is paid in EUR and has boost his earnings after the Pound has crashed?
… the Scottish government might have the power to veto Article 50?
…. Northern Ireland has run out of application forms for Irish passports?
… 1.22m Britons are living abroad?
…. more than 400 european football player are supporting and playing for British clubs?
… many non-british citizens feel no longer welcome? How do you think shall British/non-british couples deal with it?
… Cameron and Johnson have gone to the same school?
Can you imagine what will come next? If you do, please keep me updated.
It’s about how you react and how you adapt. Things change. Life is not stable. You will have to deal with it and probably things will even feel better after you have thrown yourself into the new situations. This week’s focus: Let’s learn how to handle this one situation we know we should handle but haven’t done it yet. We can do it! Happy Monday everybody!
Yes, this months it’s a lot Grant Cardone related stuff, however, I am currently consuming all the Audiobooks and some Videos – this is why.
My key take aways from “If you’re not first, you’re last”:
Play to win. Competition is for Sissy’s, you want to dominate your market
Obscurity is your biggest enemy – make sure you stick
Your second biggest enemy is white space on your calendar
There are no bad times to make business – go, build value and rock economic contractions
Don’t take the economy as an excuse
Money finds perceptions of value – not the lowest price. Decreasing your price is not the answer. The price is a myth. Increase the value and show the prospect, how you solve a problem
Value your power houses, go the extra mile, value your existing and future customers
Counter intuitive behaviour to cut edge
Taking massive action is what you want – and need
Think outside the box – who has set the rules anyways?
Customer Satisfaction is not the primary goal! Dominate, generate new customers and wow your customers is your goal! Earn the business
Sales people are made, not born. Learn to sell and keep your pipeline up. In fact, teach and invest in the sales skills of your workforce. Everyone needs to know how to pitch your business and how to sell.
Having trouble selling a first product with a budget? Ask for the second sales as well! Advance and conquer, cross-sell
Value add proposition – know your USP
Always stay hungry! Everything healthy grows
Being myself a sales professional I can say there is a lot to take away from this book re getting the right mindset and also taking action by getting hands-on best practice advice. But this book is also essential for every employee who cares about job security – it’s a great way to develop an intrapreneurial mindset and become a super valuable asset for every employer.
For every business owner and manager this book is a must! Essential survival guide for succeeding in tough times and slow markets.
I finished this audiobook yesterday and am obsessed! This book is absolutely worth reading and it’s absolutely worth your time! If you haven’t got your hands on it yet, please, do so. It’s a time investment you should take.
Everyone who wants to take massive action and wants to establish successful habits should read it immediately! And no, I don’t get paid for saying this! But I believe we have this community to grow together and this book helped me already growing and will further do. So, do yourself a favour and get your hands on it.
Barbara Sher – because her book ‘choose to refuse’ touched me and I believe she is an incredible woman, an amazing thinker and has a beautiful humour and charm while speaking. The advice she gives on her YouTube Channel is amazing and helps people to figure out what they want, by trying lean approaches without investing and risking to much.
Marie Forleo – owner of MarieTV and a Multipotentialite who is an incredible role model. She gives life advice and picked that path when she was in her early twenties. Although she knew it might happen to meet resistance she fought for her dream and does this now pretty successful. Her second passion is dance and she combines both, created a polypreneur business, which I found really inspiring. The twist she adds to her business and brings her passions to life.
Elizabeth Gilbert – the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. But she is so much more than that. Her openness and talks about how to deal with the knowledge that probably your biggest success (a number one bestseller in her case) lies behind you. How to carry on? How to keep the magic and don’t get lost in a creative process but rather live a fulfilled, happy life. Her Ted Talks and interviews I have seen with her inspired me. First, because she has something to say and second, because she appears so real.
One of my earliest posts ‘What is Talent’ (check out the article here) seems to form great, ongoing interest. In this context I’d like to invite you to also check my post ‘Poor Performance – Beyond Lacking Ability and Motivation’ as this post describes why Talent itself is not enough (check it out here). I decided to go even a bit more into detail with this post on how to make Talent Management more strategic. Enjoy.
To break down the terms of the question I’d like to give you a couple of definitions before starting on the strategic aspect. First things first.
Silzer et al. have defined Talent Management as ‘an integrated set of processes, programs, and cultural norms in an organization designed and implemented to attract, develop, deplay and retain talent to achieve strategic objectives and meet future business needs’. So, it’s basically to figure out whom do you need when and in which positions to hit your business objectives and stay competitive.
Silzer et al. defined that Potential implies ‘that an individual has qualities to effectively perform and contribute in broader or different roles in the organization at some point in the future’.
Companies define ‘Potential’ pretty different. Some companies would define Potential whether an individual can cover and perform in different not yet known roles or strategic positions. Some others might define it as whether he / she has the potential to stay with the company in case his / her position becomes obsolete and the ability to secure yourself another job by being adaptable and capable. Some others might define Potential totally detached from role profiles but look rather on the breadth of a person’s profile i.e. how much would he/she be able to cover (Generalists tend to be more flexible than Specialists). Some others might look on geographical areas or track records … As you can see the term ‘Potential’ is pretty tough to break down.
But there are some more general dimensions on how we can categorise Potential. We can look at personality and the person’s ability and willingness to learn and self-develop. We can also look on the person’s skill sets i.e. his / her leadership or cognitive skills.
These dimensions can be used within our Talent Management processes by clustering these dimensions into the following categories (Silzer & Church, 2009):
Foundational dimensions focus on the cognitive and personality variables, which are consistent and stable. This means that they are unlikely to develop or change. Cognitive variables or styles would be things like cognitive ability, strategic and conceptual thought processes, ability to handle complex situations. Personality does mean mainly the Big 5 personality traits and whether a person might be likely to derail by having high maladaptive tendencies.
The growth dimensions cover the ability to learn and the motivation to do so. The growth dimensions facilitate or hinder whether an individual is likely to grow and develop in different other areas. Learning is hereby put together as things like adaptability, openness to new topics and feedback, openness to learning processes. Motivation is whether an individual has the ambition and the drive to actually take action.
Career dimensions measure early indicators of later career skills, i.e professional competencies. These might be things like performance (typical and maximum performance), knowledge (already established competencies and skills), leadership skills and managerial behaviour (does the person show natural leadership style, has the ability to influence others etc.). Another important indicator are values, i.e. are the person’s values in line with the company’s values and norms.
With this process of breaking down the different parts of Potential and categorising those into the different dimensions you get a nice structure to manage your talent on a bit more strategic level. Feedback is absolutely appreciated. So, please let me how, how you are managing your talents and making your process more strategic.
Silzer, R. & Church, A.H. (2009). “The pearls and perils of identifying potential.” Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2, 377-412.
I found this graphic today on Instagram (check out the page of entrepreneurstories here) and had to share it with you guys as I think it’s awesome. Have you already identified your sweet spots and the tasks where the magic happens? We are talking about the tasks that leverage your value and create an amazing output. As a rule of thumb you can also keep in mind to focus on the 20% that create 80% of your outputs rather than your 80% tasks that create just 20% of measurable results. While doing so you can easily leverage your results and create a lot more value. Focus is key as we all just have 24hrs a day – time to be used wisely. Happy Friday everybody.
my gorgeous London friend has surprised me with this super cute MyNutShare bag for my birthday. I love it so, so much! Many, many thanks, Babsi. I think it’s an absolute cuteness overladed bag. She designed the Logo exclusively for me and used my hashtag. So, so cute! As it’s a prototype however, we will be working on it in the next days and weeks to make it ready to market – if you would like to own one yourself. So, we need your feedback. What would you love to see from MyNutShare? Which colours do you love? I have a couple of ideas I want to test but am absolutely keen to get to know what you would fancy.
As we Germans are in general very in love with ‘Jutetaschen’ and in the UK we got a new charge for plastic bags – and it’s anyway better to bring your own and help protect the planet – I think MyNutShare could contribute with gorgeous bags that would be a lot of fun. So, let me know.
Love you, guys and many, many thanks for your support,
today’s post is going to be a bit critical. So, if you are not in the mood for that please skip this article, stop reading here and switch over to Buzzfeed to watch some cute kitty videos. Otherwise, please feel free to read my post of living abroad and the meaning of LUCK in this case. Many of you probably know that I live in London since 1.5 years. I pretty often hear ‘you are so lucky’.
Google defines luck as the ‘success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s one actions’ and being lucky as ‘having, bringing, or resulting from good luck’.
Well, I do not want to deny that I’m a lucky gal however, does living abroad really has a lot do to with luck? Or is it more a decision you decide to make? An action you take? Can’t the most of us simply decide to relocate to another country themselves? Fact is, the reason why I first started thinking of relocating to London was because I met a fabulous man who already lived in London when we first met. Well, things gotten more serious and after more than a year we felt an urgency to live in the same country. So, yes, I am lucky as it seems that I found my Mr. Right, I am lucky because I could experience the city on probation before finally relocating, I am lucky because I did not have to start a new life in a new country totally alone. On the other side – there were lots of moments beforehand where no one would have considered myself as lucky. We invested a whole bunch of money every months to make this relationship work, to pay flight tickets etc. Some of my friends asked me ‘How can you have a relationship with a man living in another country?’ ‘Why are you doing this?’ ‘You can’t know whether this will work out’ ‘You are going to quit your safe job to relocate and restart?’. At the beginning no one really thought I’d be that lucky – except I got some flower sent to my office. So, why do we judge people’s state of luck? Why do we assume? Why do we impose our beliefs on others rather than support our each other?
I guess one of the main reasons this happens is that most people do not want to take actions as it’s quite inconvenient. The status-quo is so much better known. It’s tough to push your own boundaries and it’s scary to move abroad. But I believe it’s worth it. I believe the fear of failure, the fear of whatsoever hinders us way to often. And I can totally get that. I think everyone has certain fears in parts of his / her life and if you do not wanna relocate than travelling is a great alternative to get to know different cultures, to open up a bit and experience new things. While keeping everything else the way it is. However, let me warn you: travel can change your views, beliefs and yourself.
Another reason why I kicked off this ‘living abroad series’ is that a lot of people seem to believe that living abroad implies everyday being more fabulous than a unicorn farting rainbows, that all your everyday worries no longer exist. Where does this believe comes from? People living abroad do have everyday worries – a lot of them. I would admit we might have even a couple of more of them as everyday routines are getting shaken up, we have to communicate in another language and probably no clue where the heck we find any information about stuff we would easily know in our home country.
To just clear up things a bit I will go in the next posts deeper in what it means to live abroad, the perks and little struggles you suddenly have to face, the moments you feels lost and the moments you feel more alive then ever before.
I am more than happy to do a Q&A about the whole topic, so please feel free to drop me your questions. Lots of love, Steph xx