What is True Leadership?

December 1, 2017

It was an honour to write the first guest blog for the DCCI.  My desire to do justice to this question was high, so I ‘asked a friend’.  In fact, I asked nearly everyone I met last week and several I didn’t.  And the answers were surprising, both in content and in consistency.  Virtually everyone from the UK to Australia said the same thing – “true leadership is not about the individual – but what happens around them.”

True leaders put service above self. They transport us to somewhere else in our heads. Everyone around them gets smarter, more capable, and they achieve extraordinary things from ordinary people.

True leadership it seems is a powerful blend of ambition and humility.  Their ambition creates a relentless drive to achieve the best possible results for the greater good, and their humility never lets their ego or personal ambition get in the way and yet is never downtrodden.  A combination that inspires, motivates and drives them and their people to give, be and achieve more than they thought they were capable of.

True leaders possess a clarity of thought, a certainty in what needs to be achieved.  They are slow in planning and fast in implementing – bringing their team aboard early to debate key decisions vigorously, before making the final decision.  They are unafraid to make tough decisions and have difficult conversations – even when it hurts. And yet they will act consistently and fairly with respect and empathy for all.  A true leader can also time travel; they can race ahead to check out the future, and they can walk with someone in pain.

In short – true leaders are hard but fair, great communicators and listeners, trust others and know there is no blame, only learning and ownership.  They are decisive and collaborative, inspire greatness in others and laugh at themselves. They support and challenge, and they attract talent and help them move on.

And the litmus test of a true leader?  It’s the legacy they leave – were they a genius, or a genius maker?

Stephen R Covey said “People are often overworked and underutilised.  Organisations that figure out how to better access the vastly underutilised resource won’t just be more enjoyable places to work; they will outperform their competitors.”

By Susannah Brade-Waring, Managing Director, Aspirin Business

Aspirin’s 2017 Roundup

December 1, 2017

Wow! It’s been a very busy time at Aspirin Business in 2017.  Over the past few months, we’ve created and hosted the UK Conference for Motivational Maps, repositioned the business, updated our brand and launched a new website.   And of course, continued to create high-performing cultures for our ambitious big-hearted clients!

Our global employee engagement project for Merlin Entertainments, whose attractions include LEGOLAND and Sea Life, will start to be rolled out over the next few months, with the objective of embedding employee engagement into the daily activities on each site.  We’re in our 8th successive year of delivering Leadership and Management Development for the John Lewis Partnership.  We’ve delivered 8 Motivational Map Accreditations, increasing our total to 50 Map Practitioners, and we’re delighted that, with Heath’s TLC, over 80% of the organisations we’ve accredited over the past 7 years are regularly using Maps.

We’re delighted to be working with both existing clients and new clients.  December brings our 7th quarterly Leader’s Academy, and the opportunity to recognise and share achievements with a delicious meal at The Tickled Pig, before visioning for the success we each want in 2018.

Our ‘Junior Aspirin’, Kyle Brade-Waring, has re-joined our team having completed his volunteer year in South-east Asia and started his degree in Biological Sciences at Brighton Uni.  Kyle’s eye for detail is a fantastic help with our accounts and client support work.  And, of course, our Map Practitioners provide us with many strong coaches and consultants who’d love to work with us, and we have no shortage of Associates with a range of specialities – including, of course, Paul Kinvig.

Hot off the press! We can also announce that – with one of our Practitioners, we’ve collaborated and secured an order for 600 Motivational Maps with a well-known large organisation.  This further affirms Motivational Maps rising position as a breakthrough development tool.

Have a wonderful Christmas break and we look forward to us all having a prosperous 2018.

Best wishes from Heath and Susannah.

Are you a Leader People Want to Follow?

November 25, 2016

As a business leader, the ability to engage your team’s hearts and minds is the difference between:

  • enjoying your work and struggling,
  • a united force and a divided mass,
  • success and failure.

Read more

Your Weekly Aspirin: Scenario Planning – The Business World in 2025

November 4, 2016

Yesterday, with our peer group of top UK Business Advisors, we reviewed the capabilities we’d need in 2025! No one knows what the world will look like – especially in terms of technology, in 2025. Sounds bold – but in 2000 could you have predicted where we are now, especially in terms of smartphones, apps and the cloud? Read more

Time to say Goodbye?

October 14, 2016

In a competitive world where customers are at a premium, surely our highest priority is to get as many as we can..or is it?  What if one or some of your customers don’t fit with your business ethos and/or values?  What if, in real terms, they cost you more in time & effort than the financial return……would you have the bravery to walk away? Read more

What motivates you to drive change in 2016?

June 20, 2016

At her debut Mindshop UK Conference for Business Advisors at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London, our Susannah Brade-Waring was asked to deliver a presentation on ‘What motivates you to drive change in 2016?” Read more

Top 10 Business Leaders’ Insights for 2016

June 1, 2016

We might not know exactly what the future will look like, but we can equip ourselves to be ready.  At our recent Business Leaders’ Academy, our members shared their insights into the challenges and opportunities for 2016 – including Brexit, technology and being agile.

Then we shared the Top 10 Insights from our partners at Mindshop, who surveyed 128 business leaders around the world to gather feedback on emerging business trends, training needs, opportunities & challenges.

Business Leader Insights Infographic

The full report from Mindshop, along with a short video from Mindshop’s James Mason, can be found here: Top 10 Business Leader Insights.

As partners with Mindshop, Aspirin Business Solutions can support you and your business with prioritising these Insights to meet your business goals, and developing and implementing solutions.