Reboot your business with the leader’s personal guidance system: the POSITIVE Compass

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
– John Lennon
How are you? Thank you for visiting my website, especially when there’s so many other things to think about.  I wanted to reach out and say hello. It goes without saying, these are the most challenging of times, and yet there are some exciting ideas circulating about what the future might look like: ideas around more kindness, mindfulness, sustainability, integrity, authenticity, resetting etc, which are obviously highly relevant to leaders and organisations who are trying to find, or develop, a routemap through the coming weeks and months.

Most importantly, how are you feeling about (life, the universe, and) everything, and are you keeping centred, appreciating the stillness, feeling optimistic? I hope so. 

As someone who has traded through two recessions, IRA terrorist threats, the death of Princess Diana (in the middle of a Buckingham Palace summer opening), 9/11, Foot & Mouth disease, not to mention volcanic ash, SARS and of course, the weather (!), I have some relevant experience of managing, and innovating, in a crisis, and can offer practical help (both tactical and strategic) to organisations finding themselves in a struggle for survival, or just confused.

If you think this experience could add value to your situation then I’d be delighted to join you, either (virtually) now, or when the time is right.

I often use the word, and the hashtag, #POSITIVE, when thinking about where an organisation is, versus where it needs to be.

The POSITIVE Compass

I call my leader’s personal guidance system, the POSITIVE Compass: it contains all the information needed to plan the journey from where we are to where we want to be.

This system, based on three decades of modelling and applying best practice (as well as making a few mistakes, and learning the lessons, along the way), contains all the ingredients you need to reimagine and lead your  rebooted organisation, whatever the mission or the challenges you face.

The eight points of the POSITIVE Compass are as follows:

P URPOSE – why do you exist? What are you seeking to achieve? How will that need to change in the new reality?

O RGANISATION – are you structured to deliver your Purpose? Will you need to work within a more sustainable envelope?

S ERVICE – translate your Purpose into a service mission – what does it look like, feel like, sound like, to employees, volunteers, customers, suppliers, stakeholders and your community?

I NNOVATION – in the aftermath of a crisis, some of the greatest advances are made. How will you change? How will you quantum leap to recover, and to compete, sustainably?

ELLING STORIES – communicate your Purpose, every day, to all your audiences. Communication is the lifeblood of any enterprise.

NCENTIVE – Times are tough, and attaining new heights and new ways of doing things is tough!  Incentivise and motivate yourself and your team – effectively, kindly, fairly, sustainably.

V ERDICT – the numbers are only part of the story.  What are the questions you must ask? How will you set targets and monitor progress – and how will that be different from what you were doing before?

E NERGY – leadership is lonely!  Find ways to keep going, even when the going is tough.  Because tomorrow is another day, and you’ve got to do it all again…

The POSITIVE Compass facilitates both analysis/diagnosis, and planning/implementation. Each element in turn points to tools, techniques and tips that you can learn and utilise to achieve the POSITIVE outcome you want.  The more you apply, the more success you will have.

If you would like to know more about the POSITIVE approach to business and organisational success, do contact me. There’s no obligation and it’s always good to talk!

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