Thinkers50 event yesterday was an amazing day full of intensive learning, insights and networking. I was particularly pleased that Marshall Goldsmith won the Leadership Award for the second time. He has been very supportive of The Management Shift book and kindly offered to write a Foreword for my new book.
All thinkers attending the event were sent questions from media all over the world, and replies were broadcast globally. My answers to these media questions are:
What book are you currently reading?
I normally read several books at the same time. One of the books I am currently reading (again) is “The Hungry Spirit” by Charles Handy.
Do you describe yourself as a thinker?
People refer to me as a thought leader. I would describe myself as an applied thinker as I endeavour to apply my thinking into practice to make a difference for individuals and organisations.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
What does success look like?
Success is measured by the number of lives that one’s ideas have touched and made a positive difference.
What is your next goal?
I have three immediate big goals: To continue spreading positive ripples with “The Management Shift” globally, to launch the new book by the end of 2016 and to launch a petition for humanising management with the Chartered Management Institute by summer 2016.
When did you last say ‘Eureka!’?
When I got the idea for my forthcoming book.
Why is the Thinkers50 important to you?
Thinkers50 is a fantastic network of like-minded thinkers, a platform for spreading ideas that matter and important recognition of one’s achievements.
What is your competitive advantage?
Ability to see the big holistic picture and connect the dots from different disciplines. That enabled me to figure out the HOW of implementing a new management paradigm as described in my book “The Management Shift”.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
People tend to describe me as a visionary, inspirational polymath.
I see myself as passionate, purposeful humanist, working hard to make this world a better place.
How do you keep your thinking fresh?
By going through a continuous cycle of reading, reflecting and writing.
What is the secret of a great presentation?
Connecting emotionally with the audience.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Find your purpose, pursue it passionately and persistently with dedication; always look at the big picture and do your best every day; be genuinely nice and compassionate to connect with your stakeholders and make a positive difference.