How to retain and engage your B players, Movies for Entrepreneurs & Coach vs Consultant – which is right for you?
5 June 2022 Newsletter
“True leadership only exists when people follow when they would otherwise have the freedom to not follow.” Jim Collins
Hope you’re Thriving!
It’s been a very busy and productive week. I hope you’ve also been productive!
A few weeks ago, I was talking with someone who explained to me that when they were a consultant, they didn’t enjoy that they didn’t have actual ownership. Once they completed the project or report, they never got to experience the resulting success, failure, or impact of their work. After reflecting on that, Kevin and I recorded the podcast below; what’s the difference between a coach and a consultant, and which is suitable for you. More on that below, but first…
How to Retain and Engage Your B Players
There’s no substitute for a team full of A-players. But given the challenges of hiring staff at the moment, for some, building a team full of A-players can be a challenge. I found this interesting HBR article that discusses how to retain and engage your B players. I would define an A player as someone who is highly aligned with the Core Values and Highly Productive. I don’t think the author utilises the same assessment, but there are still some interesting points here.
Read the article here: How to Retain and Engage Your B Players
Employees in the Office Feel Less Connected Than Remote Workers
I came across an article this week about the evolving remote working situation.
According to the article, 42% of on-site workers feel disconnected, whereas only 22% of remote workers experience this.
From the article:
“CEOs hellbent on getting workers back in the office say that being physically together boosts connectivity. It turns out that’s not the case. According to a study from consulting firm Accenture Plc, only one in six people feel strongly connected at work, with on-site employees the least connected of all.
Some 22% of fully remote workers say they feel “not connected,” while the share for those in the office is nearly double.”
Read the article here: Employees in the Office Feel Less Connected Than Remote Workers
Movie for Entrepreneurs
This week I found a list of movies that all entrepreneurs should watch. And the likely suspects were all there that we’ve all probably watched. But, there was one I hadn’t heard of before. It was brilliant.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a 2011 Japanese-language American documentary film directed by David Gelb. The film follows Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, previously a Michelin three-star restaurant. Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. As of 2014, Jiro Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 courses, for a minimum of US$270.The film also profiles Jiro’s two sons, both of whom are also sushi chefs. The younger son, Takashi, left Sukiyabashi Jiro to open a mirror image of his father’s restaurant in Roppongi Hills. The 50-year-old elder son, Yoshikazu, obliged to succeed his father, still works for Jiro and is faced with the prospect of one day taking over the flagship restaurant.”
If you find any inspiration from building an enduring great company, from building a small giant, from mastery, then you well might love this 1-hour 22-minute movie. Yes, it has Japanese subtitles, but it is excellent.
Here’s my favourite quote:
“Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honourably.”
You can watch the movie here on YouTube: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
In a new book entitled Jellyfish Age Backwards, Molecular Biologist Nicklas Brendborg explains that most of the common tricks are pointless if you want to age well and live a long life.
Here are a few of his interesting points:
- Intermittent fasting increases the lifespan of mice, yes, but it will have minimal effect on humans, Brendborg says. But “it will certainly make it seem like life is very long.”
- You might also want to avoid taking antioxidant supplements, which used to be touted as a defence against ageing. On average, people who take them die earlier. It seems they are more prone to certain cancers.
- People who take multivitamins also seem to die earlier – perhaps because of the iron in them. Iron, Brendborg says, “works almost like fertiliser for the growth of bacteria”. This could also explain why blood donors tend to live longer, as they get rid of excess iron.
- But eating your five a day is crucial. Polyphenols, the much-praised micronutrients in so much of our fruit and veg, are slightly toxic. And in the right dose, it seems, that is good for us.
- Brendborg says that claims about superfoods “are almost always false”. He even doubts the benefits of red wine and omega-3 fish oils. Their apparent impact on lifespan could just reflect the fact that wealthy people, who live longer, love salmon and a good claret.
- Living at a high altitude and getting vaccinated help you live longer, but exercise is the most influential factor. One study found that exercise made people 80% less likely to die young. In particular, he recommends high-intensity interval training (HIIT workouts), weightlifting and cold water swimming.
See the book here Jellyfish Age Backwards
This week on The Growth Whisperers podcast
Coach vs consultant, what is the difference and which one is right for you?
Coaches and consultants perform different roles in different situations for businesses, and it’s important to understand when you should use a coach, and when you should use a consultant.
In this episode, we talk about the results and output you should expect from a coach or a consultant. We discuss the relationship and time you should expect from each, and then we discuss how accountability works in consulting, and how accountability works in coaching.
Coach vs consultant – which is right for you?
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