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The Power of Environment

Roger James HamiltonAs Roger Hamilton explained at a recent entrepreneur event in Bali, the roots of Talent Dynamics and the five frequencies are the same roots found in Chinese Feng Shui and used to define the layout of great cities from Paris and London to Washington. According to Roger, we are not products of habit as much of products of our environment, and all the best intentions to change a team won’t work if the environment itself isn’t at the right frequency.

“When we walk in a library, we go quiet. When we go to a club, we dance. Dancing in a library or reading a book in a disco simply doesn’t feel right, so we don’t do it. Many of us are trying to be creative in a cubicle of reviewing finances in a board room over lunch, and we wonder why we keep getting distracted or doing a poor job.” – Roger James Hamilton

Within Talent Dynamics, Roger Hamilton goes into detail as to how environments can be transformed into the five energies that contribute to flow, and that all great companies use all five when designing their different functions: Water (Leadership & Purpose), Wood (Innovation & Planning), Fire (Sales & Marketing), Earth (Service & HR), Metal (Finance & Systems). Furthermore, an enormous amount of energy is spent when we switch energies. As Roger says “Switching from studying a spreadsheet to taking a call to going back to the spreadsheet takes as much energy has going from ice to fire and back to ice again. If you haven’t synchronized your calendar to your environments – your time to your space – you will be constantly wasting energy on interruptions.”

Part of the more advanced steps within Talent Dynamics is when a company redesigns their office and their schedule to optimize their performance. Roger compares the experience when you get this right like the experience of a child planning a day at Disneyland with the Disney map in front of them, or a family planning a holiday to a new place.

“Flow isn’t just about what you do. It’s about where and when you do it.” – Roger James Hamilton

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Michelle’s September news

Sharing some case studies in Cape Town

I’ve had a sensational September, travelling to new places and meeting new faces with lots of firsts… First time in a British Embassy overseas, first time on safari!

I joined Roger James Hamilton, creator of Wealth Dynamics and Talent Dynamics on tour for the month. Roger was running his Fast Forward your Business event in Tokyo, London, Johannesburg and Cape Town and so I took the opportunity to share the Talent Dynamics Performance Consultant Accreditation in all these cities too. We now have our first 2 workshops in Japan and South Africa booked and filled for November and January respectively.

It was my first time in a British Embassy overseas and first time in Japan and it was particularly exciting that I was  presenting and launching TD right there in the Embassy in Tokyo! Thanks very much to the UKTI for supporting us with such a grand venue – Our guests really enjoyed the experience. They needed to bring their passports just to be able to attend! We had some great new PC’s join us in Japan, including the Head of Training for Body Shop and a member of the Fujitsu team that created the worlds fastest super computer!

On stage in Johannesburg with Roger Hamilton

It was also my first time in South Africa and as soon as we landed in Johannesburg on the Friday, we hopped on the next flight over to Kruger National Park where Roger, Penny and myself spent the weekend on safari!

We then went on to fill an accreditation workshop in South Africa as well.

Taking a mid tour break, with a safari at the Kruger National Park!

I’ll be heading out to Bali mid October with Jan our Master Trainer. Twice a year we take time out as a team, to work on our business plan. For one of those planning sessions, someone from the team heads out to Vision Villas in Bali, where we attend Rogers Wealth Dynamics Masters programme.

This year, I’ve been asked to join the mentor panel, which I’m really excited about and Jan is participating on the programme. Tamami our Master license holder  in Japan will be there too, along with some of the Performance Consultants from around the world, so it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Have a fabulous flow filled month ahead!


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Jan’s Corner: Is your team a lightbulb or a laser?

Did you know that a 100 Watt lightbulb, the kind of lightbulb we normally have in our homes, just about lights up our living room, whilst a 100 Watt laser can cut through a steel plate? I was also surprised. The same energy, and a dramatically different result.

Scientists say that in a lightbulb the light waves go in all directions and most of the energy is lost through mutual interference, when light waves collide and even cancel the other out. On the contrary, in a laser the light is coherent – the waves are aligned, reinforcing each other – and aimed in one direction. In fact, the same light waves with the same energy differently organised and directed allow something that appears weak perform very strongly, or something with a great potential perform with little consequence or subpar to its potential.

You know were I’m heading, right? I couldn’t help but see the parallel to talent in the domain of business and corporations.

In organisations of any kind we might already have a lot of talent apparently working at the same time in the same building and still we rarely see unpredictable business performance  – the equivalent of cutting through steel plates in this context. We see more or less dispersed glowing light and oftentimes we as the business leaders or managers are happy that at least it is not dark at times. And if we want more light we look for either putting more electricity through from the outside – say, in the form of stretched targets or increased financial incentives – which may result in temporarily increasing the glow but also a risk of blowing the fuse or even burning the bulb beyond repair. Alternatively, we tend to look to replace the talent with someone else who can perform better – and equivalent of changing the bulb from a 100 W to a 150 W or 200 W one. As a result we get sustainably more glow but are still nowhere near the ability to cut through steel.

It becomes clear that this kind of out-of-this-world ability to perform in a team will not come from more and bigger effort of the same kind but from transforming the way we bring together the the individual talent and energy in a way makes everyone valued and important and how well we can align everyone with a purpose and direction they all care about and are committed to achieve.

This may not sound revolutionary nor be significant news for you. I still found it to be a really useful distinction and a practical metaphor to guide our focus and effort in critical business moments.

At any moment when working with your team and in your business, you have a clear choice. You can choose to focus on powering up a stronger light bulb or tuning a more precise laser. How you choose will clearly reflect on the level of performance of your team and what you can accomplish as a group of individuals working together.

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Momentum: The power of group flow

Roger James HamiltonRoger Hamilton makes a key distinction between flow and group flow. While the first gives us a sense of fulfillment, the second gives us a sense of achievement. Group flow is not just about harmony, but momentum. As Roger says:

“A team with momentum won’t even try and solve the problems that other teams are tackling, as they will be operating at a different level. Momentum has the power to lift metal, and a plane in flight doesn’t worry about sitting in traffic jams or missing their turn-off.”Roger James Hamilton

When a team is in momentum, small obstacles disappear. Decisions are made with certainty. No one wants to miss the boat, and attraction appears all around us. In his book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”, John Maxwell wrote “Momentum is really a leader’s best friend. Sometimes it’s the only difference between winning and losing.” When Roger Hamilton asked Maxwell what distinguishes a manager from a leader, he replied: “A manager solves problems. A leader creates momentum. When you have momentum, the problems soon solve themselves.”

Maxwell gives the example of a train pushing against a wall. “If it is trying to push the wall from a standing start, it has a challenge on its hands. If it is approaching the wall at 100 mph, the wall really isn’t an issue.”

The benefit of Talent Dynamics is in its ability for everyone to move into their own personal flow, and synchronize with everyone else in the team to pick up team momentum. In the same way that a crew of rowers of an orchestra of musicians work together to create a new paradigm of performance, the purpose is not to solve issues at the current level, but to build momentum until everyone is operating from a higher level.

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Unas Spotlight: The success equation

During a recent Talent Dynamics Profile Debrief session, I was explaining a key principle and the client suddenly got it. In fact they gave me a whole new metaphor for it, which I said I would share with you.

We were discussing how this person’s lack of focus is having a real negative impact on their business. Typically when this happens with people their energy is dissipated across too many projects. That will have an impact on the people who they are interacting with as the vibe they give off is likely to be more scattered than focused. Even if they don’t realise why, that scattered approach can stop people buying from you or even wanting to work with you.

At some level they’ll have a gut reaction that you’re not really committed to or perhaps not confident about some aspect of the product or project. Stop for a moment, do you remember ever thinking that something would be very logical to do but for some reason you didn’t because it just didn’t feel right?

Another result of this lack of focus is that often they don’t complete things or see them right through to fruition. It can be a great way to have lots of motion – which feels good – yet little progress.

A key distinction that we use at TDHQ when dealing with this situation is that just because you have a garden full of plants and busy (with weeds in it too) that doesn’t mean that you necessarily have a great garden. Even pretty weeds can have a dramatic negative impact on the flowers. Multiplication is sometimes about division. Remove a large patch of weeds and suddenly a small patch of flowers come into bloom and grow rapidly.

If you think of the word ‘integrity’, one of its meanings is ‘the state of being complete or undivided’. It’s about being whole and complete like the number 1. The point this client made is that if you are less than 1, i.e. divided into fractions then that’s a problem when you attempt to multiply your results. You see, when you multiply a fraction it keeps getting smaller!

Whether you like maths or not I know everybody like’s adding up their profits. If you want the sum of your profits to increase, then increasing your focus is definitely an equation for success.

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Talent Dynamics featured in the Financial Times!

We have just been featured in the Financial Times! Click on the following link to view the article – Talent Dynamics and the trust dividend

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