The Circle versus The Spiral, Why everyone needs a coach, Email finder tool, Holiday Reading List & The 4 different types of A players
2nd January 2022 Evolution Partners Newsletter
“If you can’t change the person, change the person”
Hope you’re Thriving!
Over the holiday season, I’ve collected some of my favourite articles from the year to share with you. Kind of like a ‘best of’ from 2021. Couple this with the reading list and hopefully there is something of real interest and value for you each week. I’m keeping them short and sharp.
Enjoy your holidays, stay safe and I hope you enjoy.
See you in 2022!
My favourite articles
The Circle versus The Spiral
Over the millions of years that humans have evolved, every year there has been a change of seasons every 90 days due to the angle of the Earth’s axis, the distance to the Sun and the time it takes the Earth to rotate around the Sun. Our bodies are deeply encoded to anticipate, sense and respond to change every 3 months as the seasons change. When scientists have studied the impact of isolation on people working in Antarctica after 3 months they noted significant declines in coping strategies such as active problem solving, palliative reactions, avoidance, and comforting cognitions as if they enter a state of psychological hibernation as a stress-coping mechanism.
And in the work I do, facilitating quarterly strategic planning meetings I’ve heard many people say over the years that toward the end of the quarter they felt like they needed to get back offsite and reset.
Some people might look at strategic planning and think why do you go offsite and spend a day or two talking about the business in a meeting? You’ve been doing it for years, going around and around doing the same thing.
They look at the process like this.
Yet if you look at the same circles with a different perspective you can see what is really happening there.
Every quarter, every year we are spiralling upwards.
It’s the same situation with a different perspective.
Every time we meet, we are better than the last time, we are building on all the foundations previously laid. We are learning new and deeper insights into the things we have worked on before. The business plan we build through each day is better than the last one, and the one before that.
And the businesses profit and value are doing exactly the same thing. Spiralling upward.
That’s why I’m not a teacher. I’m not a trainer.
That’s why I don’t do one-off workshops or even one-off meetings. I’m only interested in building these spirals for every team I work with because that creates real, enduring success.
And every meeting I have, be it a full day or an hour is primarily for the purpose of building these spirals.
Why everyone needs a coach and the 5 things to look for in a coach
In 2010 Eric Schmidt in an interview with Fortune magazine outlined one of the most important things that senior executives in Google were doing, which was using a coach. They used Bill Campbell at the time and in this short 40-second interview, Eric outlines why everyone needs a coach.
From the video
“You need to have a coach. Our board member in 2002 John Doerr said you need a coach, and I said “well I don’t know I’m an established CEO why would I need a coach is something wrong?” “no no you need a coach everybody needs a coach” so Bill Campbell became my coach and served Google very well. Every famous athlete, every famous performer has somebody who’s a coach somebody who can watch with their doing and say is that what you really meant? Did you really do that? They can give them perspective — the one thing people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them. A coach really, really helps.”
Also, this week I came across a really interesting Forbes article called 5 things to look for in an executive coach and it’s a really simple way for clients to look at how coaches can help them.
The five things to look for that are outlined in the article are
- You are the only client (when you’re with them).
- They challenge you.
- They work from the inside out.
- They’re a learner.
- You have good chemistry.
It’s a good article and using those five criteria can help to evaluate your potential coach and will ensure that you get off on a solid start and provide the foundation for a productive and collaborative experience.
Email finder tool
I came across this tool this week I wanted to share with you. If you’re looking for an email address at any company, Hunter scrapes the web and can possibly find it. Simply enter the domain name and it will tell you the nature of the email structure at the firm such as [firstname].[lastname]@domain.
Check out Hunter email finder and email verifier here.
Holiday Reading List
If you’re like me, you often think to yourself ‘how can I occupy my mind while I’m not working in an interesting way that’s improving both my knowledge and effectiveness?’ Maybe not, maybe you think I’m on holiday I want to rest. But either way, I’ve curated a list to get you thinking over the holidays. I’ve grouped these into my favourites for each section that you can browse to see what interests you.
- The Gospel of Wealth – Andrew Carnegie
- Management time: Who’s got the monkey
- How using 3HAG can turbocharge your business growth
- Pareto 80 20 Rule
- Can you say what your strategy is?
- Wait But Why – The Story of Us
- Scott Galloway – The Algebra of Happiness — A video, not blog but the best way to spend 10 minutes.
- Paul Graham – Is it worth being wise?
- Naval – How to get rich every episode
- How to write better emails
Blog posts I’ve written
- Why I wrote Made to Thrive
- The two lenses of strategy
- First survive and then thrive
- Replace busy with stupid
- Mastery is pain
Bonus old one
- How is Australia Post in a growth market and losing money
- Shane Parish – The Knowledge Project
- Tim Ferris – The Tim Ferris Show
- Pat Lencioni – At the Table
- Alex Goldfayn – Sell More Now
- Shane Parish & Jim Collins
- Joe Rogan & Naval Ravikant
- How I built this with Guy Raz – Dyson, James Dyson
- Sam Harris with Jonathan Haidt (The Coddling of the American Mind)
- Shane Parish & Jim Dethmer: Leading Above the Line
- Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
- Good to Great – Jim Collins
- Necessary Endings – Dr Henry Cloud
- The 7 hidden reasons employees leave – Leigh Branham
- Think Again – Adam Grant
Bonus three books
This week on The Growth Whisperers podcast
The Annual Strategic Thinking meeting is one of the most important meetings on the calendar, because it is where a leadership team decides the strategy for the company, and sets the goals for the following year, and three years.
Also when a leadership team sets a strategy, that strategy should clearly tell people in the business what to say no to throughout the year.
In this episode, Brad and Kevin discuss why you need an Annual Strategic Thinking meeting, what an annual meeting agenda must include, and tips for a successful annual meeting.
The Annual Strategic Thinking meeting
Listen to The Growth Whisperers
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