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Individuals and teams in flow are doing what they want to do, are happier doing it and leverage other team members in flow

[VIDEO] Paul Dunn will leave you shaking at The Trust Conference this year!

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Working from home Paul Dunn, Chairman of B1G1: Business for Good reflects on the three things he is taking to the Trust Conference 2014.

  • Paul shares his insights into what makes a business stand out in an ‘Age of Connection’ where Trust is the driving force behind successful business
  • He explains how the small things matter and helps to build or destroy Trust very quickly
  • Paul invites you to ‘Shake the World’ with him at the Trust Conference, allowing our combined presence at the Trust Conference to make a global impact by providing drinking water to those most in need.  All through a free to download app.

The ‘Shake the World’ app is an innovative way to allow anyone with a smart phone to simply shake their phone to provide fresh drinking water, all sponsored by businesses.

Here is the guided tour:

We plan to ‘Shake the World’ together at the Trust Conference, encouraging everyone present and those joining via live stream around the world to shake the app and make a profound difference to people’s lives.

All through Trust.

Join us there.  Shake the World.  Get your ticket.


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DT’s Tower: The Importance of Scale

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See that picture of a tape measure?  It will be important.

I’ve been thinking and writing a great deal about getting things done lately.  The reason being is that I’ve been laying the groundwork for growing the business.  I thought it might be useful to share some of my thoughts with this.

Growth means growing in size.  Seems obvious?  On the surface maybe, but me being a Lord I get my kicks out of the detail.

Growing Pains

So what exactly is ‘growing’?  Well turnover and profit would be a really nice answer.

But that’s not the answer I’m afraid.  That is the measure.  You can only tell that you are growing if turnover is increasing.

“Ah ha DT, I hear you cry.  You left out profit”

Well yes because profit is a result of how well you are doing what you do.  If you are an example of efficiency your profit will be higher but you are not necessarily growing.

True growth means that you are doing more of what you promise to do, what you are good at.  Where you deliver value.

So you have the same amount of time.  But you are doing more (hence why I’ve been thinking about getting things done).  I’m not a fan of working 24/7.  I need recharge time.  My iPhone gets better treatment than me sometimes! :D

So I think true growth means ‘making time’.  Feel free to argue.

Making Time

“Hang on DT, I’ve been with you so far but making time?  Its a universal constant! You can’t make it”

Well, no.  Grant me a little hyperbole.  When I say ‘making time’ what I’m looking at are the two sides of the Talent Dynamics square.

Systems allow you to save time and improve efficiency.  In essence you make time by doing what you do more effectively.

People allow you to add time and improve how much can be done.  In essence you make time by employing people to do ‘stuff’ (dazzling use of technical terms).

Trouble is… you can’t grow effectively by focusing on only one side.

The downside of systems (unfortunately there are some) is that they simply exist.  Something needs to go in one side… data, projects, money, ideas etc, to be turned into something else… graphs, completed projects, more money, results etc.

If you don’t have enough to go in to the system, the system is not going to be as effective as it can be.  Many systems sit in our businesses not being used effectively.

The downside of people (and as an introvert I can talk at length) is that they increase costs.  Unlike a system which only has a set up time, people take recurring time and money to get the best out of them.  Yet they think for themselves!  They don’t just exist.  If something is going wrong, they’ll spot it.  If something needs to be done, they’ll do it (as long as they are fully engaged with what they are doing).

The Importance of Scale

Remember the tape measure?  That is one way to demonstrate size.   But it doesn’t really show what need to be done to get there.  Hence the old style weighing scales.

For true growth, the importance of scale is balance in ‘making time’. Systems to ensure that the minimum effort is expended for the maximum result (and quality) and people to ensure that more can be done whilst keeping variety, initiative and values in the business.

If you are on one side of the Talent Dynamics square you’ll be better at one side than the other, systems or people.  That doesn’t mean that you can ignore the balance!  Far from it!  You actually need to put some thought into the opposite of what you are good at.

A systems heavy company won’t need many people but the people they do have need to be tip top to manage the systems and add a bit of diversity into the production line.

A people heavy company will need lots of simple systems to ensure that everyone is pointing and moving in the right direction.

What do you think?  Is the secret of growth in getting the balance right?


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Transforming People’s Lives Daily? Making a HUGE Positive Impact Globally!

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Sounds amazing doesn’t it?

As you may know, Talent Dynamics has the belief that everyone has a fundamental right to experience Flow, in their personal and professional lives.

I am delighted to share a competition that will be exciting to you and can help you get into Flow.  Celebrating the launch of our awesome on line training, next week I will be sending out details of how to enter this fabulous competition.

Be sure to check your inbox on Thursday 31st July.

There are over £50,000 of life-changing prizes to be won including many simply for entering the competition before 4th August.

It really is an opportunity not to be missed.

Don’t forget to check your inbox ;)

Have a fantastic flow filled week!

Warmest wishes

Janet


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A Labouring Lord – Rauri’s Story

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by Dianne Caldwell

When I first spoke to Rauri, he was 18 years old, working part-time with his Ju Jitsu trainer teaching students and supplementing his income by working in a laboring job he didn’t particularly enjoy.

So I asked him what he would truly love to do…

Rauri’s voice shone with excitement.

“What I’d really love to do is move away from the job I don’t enjoy so I can teach Ju Jitsu full-time to teenagers….”

It turned out Rauri had been practising Ju Jitsu since he was 12 and was now highly trained. He credited both the physical and mental benefits of the sport as completely transforming his life.  Ju Jitsu was far more than just a sport to him.

“Ju Jitsu is not just a martial art, it’s a way to change your life, and I want other children to experience the same amazing life and health benefits which Ju Jitsu brings.”

There was just one problem: he didn’t know how to turn this passion into a successful full time career.

Lord Profile

 

Rauri’s profile was a LORD: 40% Steel. 24% Dynamo. 24% Tempo. 12% Blaze.

There were 2 obstacles stopping him from seeing his full potential and turning his passion for martial arts into a reality. These were his age, just 18, and the peer and societal pressure to “get a regular job”.

Together, we sat down and looked at his desired outcomes, then we established a series of key action steps for him to take to move toward his dream. These small, detailed tasks aligned with Rauri’s Lord profile perfectly.  Once he could take the dazzling dream and break it down into bite-sized chunks, the whole process was a lot less daunting.

First Rauri would contact his Ju Jitsu trainer and ask for support and at the same time, he would also put together his plan.

Getting Fast Results

Here’s the funny thing when you move toward your goals. Everything conspires to help you! In this case, Rauri’s trainer just so happened to know a teacher who was really keen on having martial arts training at her school. The next step was easy.

Rauri submitted his proposal to the teacher on the board at the school & after just 2 – 3 short weeks after shyly vocalizing this idea to me, his semester program is now in the process of being approved!

When Rauri reported back to me he was bursting with joy.

“I’ve done it!” he said.  “I’ve achieved my dream!”

Rauri’s big dream was there all the time, but for him it seemed as insurmountable as climbing Everest. All he needed was some reassurance that this dream was 100% achievable, and then some specific guidance on how to break the dream down into less daunting tasks.  Once Rauri was clear on the way forward he achieved clarity, and that was down to the help of Dianne Caldwell, the ‘Flow Consultant’ and the Talent Dynamics profiling tool.

Rauri’s story is a perfect example of how the Talent Dynamics Profile Test & Debrief has empowered a young person to know & understand their strengths to a point where they take the appropriate action they know will get them into flow.

The plan is in progress and we will update you again on the ongoing success of Rauri’s actions!

We’ll leave the final words to Rauri…

Firstly thank you so much, you have, and will continue to have, my gratitude for all the help you’ve given me. It’s been absolutely wonderful and I’m so glad you have taken the time to provide me with all your advice. I started with an idea but no knowledge or ability to bring it to life. Talent Dynamics gave me the direction in which to head and the impetus to do so, by providing clear action steps and manageable goals as well as excellent and highly personalized coaching along every step of the process. Can’t recommend it enough to anyone with a desire to realize their ideas and dreams.”


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What question would you ask a billion dollar business director?

Today I’m super excited to announce that I will be hosting a live online call on Monday 23rd June at 6:00pm (BST) where I’ll be interviewing the incredible Hollie Delaney.

Hollie is the Director of People Experiences at the billion dollar online shoe retailer Zappos.com – a company which has taken the business rule book and ripped it to shreds.

Now I don’t know about you, but it’s not often I get to pick the brains of a billion dollar business owner and get to quiz them on all their top secrets!

And if you had the opportunity to ask her one question, what would it be?

And that’s why I really don’t want you to miss this conversation…

Not only is Hollie an engaging, warm and beautiful individual, she’s going to share some of her top performing strategies on how you too can you achieve phenomenal results.

And by the way, whether you are a business owner, a team leader or you run your own organization, there will be something valuable in this call for you.

During the live call you will discover:

  • The 3 key values that enabled Zappos to become such a global giant in the market-place
  • Why they are the first major organization to implement a Holacracy (the opposite of a hierarchy) and what you can learn from this
  • What key element is central to their business mindset & why this, more than anything else, delivers them world class results
  • How making Trust as a foundation for your workplace can deliver you exceptional revenue and profits for your business

Sound good to you?

Hollie is right at the heart of creating and nurturing this wonderful new way of working and doing business and quite honestly, she’s one of the most enlightening women I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.

So if you want to learn even a fraction of what she can teach you, then I’m sure you’ll agree this is a live event you will definitely not want to miss!

The call will be on Monday 23rd June at 6.00pm (BST) so make sure you register your place right now.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Michelle

PS. When you do register today you’ll be given the opportunity to ask any question you want about Trust – and you never know, this could be the one we answer live on the call!


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DT’s Tower: Who You Gonna Call?

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Unfortunately the answer isn’t always “Ghostbusters” which turned 30 this month.

Shameless use of popular culture segue over, the point of this blog is to pick up where I left off last time with my Delegation Game.  I thought it might be useful to show how I am attempting to solve a problem that would take me out of flow very quickly if I’m not careful.

I might have mentioned :) but I’m a Lord.  As a raging introvert (extroverts can be raging, why not intorverts?) the ‘people’ side of the Talent Dynamics square is not my strong point.

In fact according to my profile report I have 0% in Blaze energy.  I’m reposting the square as proof.

Impressive I know.  This really makes it hard for me to delegate but even more so… it makes it hard for me to know who to call.  My first instinct is to do the task myself.  My second response is to think about training or learning how to do it if I can’t do it at the moment.  My third inclination is to park it until I have time to think about it…

… which never happens.

My Solution

Despite being introverted I am known to speak.  Sometimes at length.  Building on the flowchart that I shared last time I am identifying all the things that need to be done which I can’t do or don’t have time to do.

I’m using a spreadsheet so I’m definitely in my flow here.  I’m then matching people who I can talk to who are either already part of my team, have some expertise in the area or show no signs of struggling with this particular item.  Then I work down the list (making it a task which comes easily for me) and:

  1. See if someone in the team is interested in helping
  2. Investigating solutions with those with expertise
  3. Asking how others who don’t seem to struggle solved the problem

Now there are still gaps.  But whereas before it was a mountain of ‘stuff’ now I have specific things I need help with.  During networking or casual business conversations I can talk about these issues and in all likelihood I will either get suggestions OR (best scenario) I will happen across someone who can solve it.

The point of all this is that I now ‘know’ who to call AND have a process to follow to stop delegation tripping me up in future (in theory).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GHOSTBUSTERS!


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Salesman Sam! Talent Dynamics for Young People

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By Teejay Dowe - Talent Dynamics for Young People

Sam is a young man, 20 years old who got a gift of Talent Dynamics for Young People because he was a client for one of our consultants, when she was training. He was invited to come along to the session to receive his debrief in exchange for being her accreditation client.

Sam’s Story

Sam arrived late for the training in his leathers and helmet and slouched himself down in his chair in a mixture of awkwardness, self consciousness and ‘do I really have to be here-ness’ and the debrief began.

During the coaching conversation that followed we discovered that Sam was a Star Profile which was a bit of a surprise to the observers as Stars are high energy, love to be in the spot light, are engaging and influential – they’re party people. That was definitely not the Sam in the room that we saw and yet, he did agree with everything his profile said he was.

Puzzling. Or was it?

Sam worked in a warehouse where he spent his day picking orders for customers all by himself. He was actually in danger of losing his job as he was frequently late for work, not rushing to get to a job he was miserable doing. When asked why he did that job he told us that it was a job and he needed the money.

His aspiration was that if he was able to keep his job one day he might like to be a manager, not because he wanted to stay but because that would be more money.

So curious now, the consultant asked “So what is the money for?” It was as if someone had suddenly switched Sam on! Her sat up tall in his seat for the first time, put a big grin on his face and excitedly said:

“It’s for a new motorbike. I love motorbikes, they are my life! I know exactly how much I need to save and the exact date I’ll have enough to buy my dream bike!”

The difference in that young man in that moment was like night and day!

Night and Day

Suddenly there was the Star!

Alive, alert and engaging. The Sam we’d seen was simply a Sam out of Flow and here he was suddenly shining.  Now, Stars make great promoters and sales people so the consultant asked him what it would be like to go to work everyday and do nothing but talk about motorbikes.

Imagine, everyday you would be surrounded by them and share your passion with others who appreciated your knowledge and enthusiasm! He could combine his dream and his job and become a motorbike salesman – how awesome would that be? Sam could hardly breathe at the thought! He had never considered that the two could combine let alone be something that he was naturally gifted and talented at.

That slumped in a chair Sam was a different man and practically bounced out of the room like a ‘Tigger’ with a new vision of what life could be for him.

I LOVE the power of Talent Dynamics for Young People and the rapid transformation it can bring!

Teejay Dowe will be leading one of the Break- Out sessions at the Trust Conference on September 11th.


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What Horse Riding Can Tell You About Trust and Flow

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Michelle Clarke of Talent Dynamics talks about how her recent experience of riding a horse called Magnum while on holiday at the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, USA is a great example of how trust and flow can help you and your colleagues.


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A Trader in Childcare: Emily’s Story

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By Teejay Dowe

When Emily came to me recently it was because her confidence was at an all time low, her self-esteem in shreds, and she’d lost all vision and direction. All because of a bullying boss.

Emily had loved helping to bring up her baby brother, now 5 years old, and she was delighted when she got her dream job in childcare.

Unfortunately for Emily, a near miss situation at work sparked off a bullying spree by her boss and she felt she had no choice but to resign.  She got another job in childcare but her ex-boss continued to bully her: as a result her confidence was shot and she lost that job too. Now she was beginning to doubt whether childcare was for her, but she didn’t have any idea of what else she could do.

Taking the Profile Test

Emily discovered that when she took her Talent Dynamics for Young People profile she was a Trader profile. The more we delved into the description, the more she began to recognise herself.

At first she found it easier to recognise the challenges and struggles that Traders often face.  She agreed that she’s often more sensitive than other people and probably takes offence more quickly.  And she definitely recognised a very typical Trader trait, which is saying ‘yes’ when she really wants to say ‘no’.  We playfully put a strategy in place to help Lucy say ‘no’ more often.

When we turned to the Trader profile strengths, Emily also began to recognise herself in those.  She agreed that she really cared about people; that she loved to connect with people; and that she enjoyed taking care of people.  We explored this area in great depth, and because someone else had written down the words, she started to believe them.  For Traders seeing is believing.

The Results

Through the profile and our discussions, and perhaps because the challenges had resonated so strongly for her, she began to see that maybe she could have a career in childcare after all: that she had the right strengths.

Further evidence of her suitability for childcare came through exploring what she perceived as a lack of academic ability.  When we looked at her communication and learning preferences, we discovered that she learns through doing.  And that’s exactly how she helps the young children in her care to develop: by getting into the thick of it and doing things with them.

I was so happy to see the sadness lift from her bit by bit throughout the session, and by the time she left, her confidence was restored.  A week later I heard that she’d got into a great college course that’ll open up all sorts of opportunities for her.  She told me:

“I now realise that it’s okay to just be me and do the things that I want to do and also the things that make me happy when I do them rather than trying to change who I am just so that I can fit in … I am now living my life the way I want to and feeling much better because of it”


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SATs, Maths and Theme Parks! Talent Dynamics for Young People

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By Teejay Dowe - Talent Dynamics for Young People

I love this story told to me this week by one of our Talent Dynamics for Young People consultants as we were catching up together a year after she trained to use the profiles.

Fabia’s Story

After training in using Talent Dynamics for Young People, the first person Nicci profiled and debriefed was her daughter, Fabia,  who at that time was just going in to year 6 at school an important year for her as her SAT’s  (Standard Assessment Tests) would be taken at the end of year 6.

Their grades were predicted at the start of the year and Nicci was concerned that her daughter didn’t particularly like maths and therefore was not as good at it as she was in other subjects so, as any concerned and conscientious parent would, a maths teacher was employed to ensure the best results at the end of the year.

Nicci shared her daughter’s profile with the new Tutor to give her a new and additional insight in to who Fabia is and, as a Creator profile, show that she has a great imagination, loves to think in pictures and make up stories. Fabia and her Maths Tutor put this gift to work in their lessons together and instead of  concentrating on the instant ‘calculate these numbers quickly in your head’ type maths they played with applied maths.

Theme Parks!

Throughout the year they turned the maths questions in to stories of Theme Parks with numbers of people on the rides and the prices of the tickets, roller coasters and dodgems and how many hot dogs and fizzy drinks would that be and really made the numbers come to life in all kinds of creative situations. So much more fun!

But what about the grades?

Results

Well – this is really the impressive bit. At the end of the year with her tutor and their engaging sessions Fabia increased her predicted grade in maths by FOUR grades! Now that is what I call a result for Talent Dynamics for Young People and especially for Fabia!

Haha! I wished I’d had that insight when I was younger, I wonder how much more fun chemistry could have become? :)

Teejay Dowe will be leading one of the Break- Out sessions at the Trust Conference on September 11th.


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