by CoachKevin | May 2nd, 2016
If you are still considering registering for the upcoming Scaling Up workshop that I am hosting on Tuesday May 17, 2016 in Vancouver, BC, I recommend that you do so soon as most of the spots are taken.
This will be an information-packed day where you will create a roadmap keep scaling your business in 2016 and 2017. Every company I work with uses the tools and One Page Plan because they work well for growing companies…very, very well
The workshop is a great to either start leveraging the Rockefeller Habits in your company or refresh your understanding of the methodology and reset your focus as a team.
Below are links to 2 videos of me explaining the value of these tools.
When & Where
• Tuesday, May 17 2016
• Terminal City Club
• 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Doors open at 8:00…
by CoachKevin | April 28th, 2016
In my last blog, I talked about the value of articulating your authentic, heartfelt and connected purpose, and the experience of working with the Little Potato Company. Today, I’m pleased to share a recent conversation with CEO Angela Santiago on their process to find purpose – and the difference it makes in her company.
Save the Potato, Feed the World Better
The Little Potato Company’s Purpose
Q: How did you find your purpose as a company?
A: The germination of the purpose was my responsibility. It was clearly in my heart and my soul.
It took years to form, although it was always underlying. When my Dad and I started the company, we and other people we attracted always wanted to make a change somehow. It just wasn’t written down…it’s just something that we did. Then, as we got more employees, it was obvious that we needed to communicate more about why we do…
by CoachKevin | April 20th, 2016
“When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment
around a common purpose, anything is possible.”
Chairman, CEO of Starbucks
Years ago when I first heard people talking about corporate purposes and core values I used to think it was fluff – and genuinely a waste of time.
The truth is, for most companies it is. What they say is their purpose and mission is mumbo-jumbo – just trying to sell more stuff. And their core values end up as interesting ideas they’re not accountable to.
Twenty years later I now see why I was so cynical about purpose and core values. It’s because the examples I witnessed weren’t authentic, heartfelt and connected – they were just marketing,
Purpose can’t be dictated. It has to be clearly articulated at the top – and needs to pour out of the DNA of the…
by CoachKevin | April 14th, 2016
“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.”
- Mike Krzyzewski
Coach, Men’s Olympic Basketball Team USA
Late last year, I had the absolute pleasure of hearing the amazing Mike Krzyzewski speak at a Chicago conference about what it was like to get the best out of professional athletes. The CEO of one of my clients arranged for us to attend the keynote to kick off our strategic planning sessions.
Coach of Duke University’s basketball team for the last 40 years, and more recently of the Men’s Olympic Basketball Team USA, Mike shared his wisdom and insights as I feverishly took notes. One thing he said really hit home on a topic I’d never heard articulated so well.
He talked about coaching the men’s basketball team and how…
by janicew | April 8th, 2016
Next Friday, I’m spending the Day with Salim Ismail and a few of his faculty members in Vancouver learning about how to be a Disruptor – rather than waiting to be Disrupted…
Salim Ismail is the Founding Executive Director, Singularity University & former VP, Yahoo and he will speak next Friday, April 15, about Building Exponential Organizations.
He is brilliant.
When I met him last year – and was lucky enough to spend time picking his brain – he blew my mind. I don’t think I’ve been as mixed up after a presentation: both excited and scared at the same time. He really opened my eyes even more about why disruptors are so powerful and damaging, and how existing companies can become the disruptor vs. the disrupted.
I highly recommend that you come and spend a day, in the company of great minds and learn how to leverage disruptive technology in…
by janicew | April 8th, 2016
“Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart and feet –
thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently.
This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.”
- Lance Secretan, Author of Inspire! What Great Leaders Do
If you get a bunch of leaders in the room debating about what is more important – strategy or execution – it’s going to be lively. If you get a bunch of consultants, it’ll be even livelier – and you’ll hear all kinds of theories.
More important than either one, I say, is alignment.
You can have an amazing strategy that gives you a competitive advantage – but if it’s not well executed there’s no benefit. You can have a mediocre strategy that’s executed perfectly – and you’re not going to get the full result either.
So when we go into a new company to help improve performance we always start with alignment….
by CoachKevin | April 1st, 2016
How is 2016 going for you so far? Hopefully well!
It’s hard to believe we are at the end of Q1 in 2016. Let’s take 10 minutes to check in on the goals you set at the beginning of the year and reset your plan for Q2.
See the links below for the “Q1 Review & Q2 Plan” document – it is just 2 pages and will guide you through the questions in the 3 key areas you need to think about: Work, Self & Life.
Here are the links to the Q1 Review & Q2 Plan:
- PDF: http://www.coachkevin.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/16Mar-SGI-Q-Client-WorksheetF.pdf
- Word: http://www.coachkevin.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/16Mar-SGI-Q-Client-Worksheet.docx
Links to the 2015 Review and 2016 Plan (in case you missed it in December of ’15) in word & pdf below:
- PDF: http://www.coachkevin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/2015-Review-2016-Plan-v2.pdf
- Word http://www.coachkevin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/15Nov15-2016-Goals-Worksheet-FINAL.docx
Take 10 minutes for yourself to reflect on how you are doing and how to make Q2 better than Q1.
All the best for…
by CoachKevin | March 24th, 2016
“Life is really very simple but we insist on making it complicated.”
- Confucius, Chinese teacher, philosopher, 551 – 479 BC
All too often when we work on project, we assume a one-week completion cycle – that things will get done in a week, and then we’ll talk about the next step.
As a result a lot of things don’t happen quickly.
I have a guideline I use with people I work with that makes life very simple – and helps to move things forward quickly.
It’s called 24 x 7, and it works like this: If we have a conversation today about a task, my default expectation is that it is done in 24 hours.
If it’s a more involved project that requires multiple steps, or working with other people, my default expectation is that it is done in 7 days – or by this time next week.
Most people don’t…
by CoachKevin | March 15th, 2016
The date for the Spring 2016 Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) workshop hosted by Kevin Lawrence has been confirmed for Tuesday May 17, 2016 at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver, BC.
*Note: Kevin is hosting only one workshop in Vancouver in 2016 so hope to see you & your leadership team there!
Prepare to Dominate Your Industry at the Scaling Up Business Growth Industry hosted by Kevin Lawrence
Join us for an information-packed day where you will create a roadmap to confidently scale your business growth in 2016.
Discover why more than 20,000 executives and their leadership teams use the proven Rockefeller Habits 2.0 tools and strategies to scale up smarter and bust through the barriers to scaling up.
In just one day, you and your leadership team can take your business on the road to growth with the Rockefeller Habits 2.0 tools and strategies you need to:
Get faster results…
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by CoachKevin | March 7th, 2016
1: the chanting or reciting of a magic spell: incantation
2: a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights. Compelling attractiveness.
Be very skeptical about hiring charming people.
The most mis-hired personality style I’ve seen is that of the charming person.
A great example is from a Canadian CEO I worked with years ago who told me about a new executive assistant he’d just hired. He said, “She was so impressive, I hired her on the spot.”
We mistake charm for capability.
The best executive assistants in the world are smart, technical, systems-and-processes people who keep others organized. They are clever technicians, not cheerleaders. Although likeable, they are not like the typical charming salesperson that makes you want to hire them on the spot.
He hired a charming cheerleader with a wonderful personality – and not much more.
I’ve seen it again and again. Now when I…