Creating organisations where high potentials thrive

Creating organisations where high potentials thrive

Organisations invest heavily on finding brilliant new recruits bursting with enthusiasm and potential, ready to make their mark.

A year later, what’s the story? Do they have a loyal team, committed to the company, building a successful future. Or, has the experience been a big disappointment, a hard slog that has left those with the most potential wondering whether they’ve made the wrong decision?

It is possible to have a fully engaged team that is engaged and thriving. But it doesn’t happen by chance. Organisations that are serious about keeping their top talent need to think about these 3 things:

A rejection of dogmatic management

High potential young people want to know they are trusted and valued. Managers who can position themselves as coaches and partners will earn their loyalty.

Space to innovate

Young talent wants to create, not just follow. They won’t always hit the mark but when they do, allow them to make a real impact. Organisations that listen to their ideas, and give them space to be heard will foster real loyalty.

A culture of constant growth

Top performers don’t rest on their laurels – they want to keep growing. And, it’s not just technical skills that interest them. They are interested in building their whole lives. This means learning deeply personal skill, and real expertise in critical areas. Organisations that enable this will earn their commitment.

Ultimately, high potential young people will build their future with the organisations that are prepared to invest in a long-term relationship with them. And these are the organisations that will enjoy the resulting success.

You may be high potential now but will you stay the course?

You may be high potential now but will you stay the course?

The desire to make your mark and show what you’re made of is a powerful driver. One that can both propel you forward as well as breed the kind of restless impatience that drives the wrong behaviours. Behaviours that mean you are seen as overly competitive, arrogant, a non-team player and difficult to manage.

This is not what people are looking for in their next manager, their next leader – the people that will take their organisation forward. These behaviours scare them, annoy them, and frustrate them but most of all they don’t know what to do with them.

Recognising that life isn’t a smash and grab could be one of the best things you ever do.

What this requires is a paradigm shift. A shift from seeing success in terms of power and acquisition to seeing it in its broader sense. Seeing that true success is living a purposeful and fulfilling life, whatever that means for you. With this in mind, there are some key things you need to focus on:

  • Really get to know yourself. We mean really, fully, deeply. In any given circumstance, how do you react? Is that how you want to react? What drives you, fulfils you, energises you, strengthens you? How do you show up? Until you start answering these fundamental questions, you will be a victim of what comes your way, rather than the master.
  • Get great at getting better. If you’re serious about your success, be serious about learning. Ask for feedback, and give yourself feedback, constantly. And be open to hearing it.
  • Truly value people. Work with them, help them get better. Recognise that true success is not dependent on being better than others. It is dependent on being the best you can be and working with others in an authentic, respectful, trustworthy way.

Do this and all that brilliant potential will get you exactly where you want to go.

Be trustworthy

Be trustworthy

A few months ago, I was coaching the leader of a global company. The subject of the session had turned to trustworthiness – or rather the lack of it. He came back at my enquiry with full force. He was completely trustworthy… how dare I ask?

But digging deeper it became clear that this wasn’t the case. He often said one thing to one person and another to someone else. He regularly talked about people behind their back. He had made a string of commitments both in the business and personally that he hadn’t met.

He had a great excuse: the ‘ridiculous’ pressure he was under. But, what was the impact of this behaviour?

Trust runs deep. So does distrust. People see through the shiny front you present them with. They sense something isn’t ringing true. There is a tension in the relationship. You know this, because you experience it with others.

If people don’t trust you, they won’t follow you, teach you, support you, cheer for you.

Are you trustworthy?

Pitch perfect

Pitch perfect

The world is full of bright and determined young people who are ready to make a start in the world. They all want to make their mark and be the next big thing.

So why is it that some will succeed whilst others will end up settling?

The truth is that no matter how brilliant you think you are, if you can’t tell anyone about it in a way that excites and engages them, it means nothing.

So start getting clear about exactly what you’re bringing to the table.

Why should someone listen to you?
What makes you stand out?
Why are you uniquely remarkable?

Then practise saying it. Practise in front of the mirror, in the bath, on the bus. Tell your mum, your brother, your best mate, the guy in the local shop. Practise saying it until you’re blue in the face. Just do it. Start showing up in the world and see how people respond.

What do people say about you when you’re not in the room?

What do people say about you when you’re not in the room?

Does it matter? Probably, but not for the reasons you may think.

What they say about you is the story they’re writing for you- good or bad.

And if you’re starting out in your career, it will determine if they recommend you, if they go out on a limb for you, if they think of you when an opportunity comes up.

So, what stories do people tell about you? And what stories do you want them to tell?

Own your life

Own your life

“My life sucks…”
“So, what do you want?”

If you don’t know where you are going, how are you going to get there? Seriously.

Having a vision for your life doesn’t mean having the whole thing mapped out. But successful people own their life. They are the creators of their own life. Every day. They may change direction a thousand times but they are always on the lookout for the path to THEIR success. 

What does success look like for YOU? Take the time. Figure it out. But do the job properly. Acquisition success. Relationship success. Character success…

You have freedom. Are you using it?

You have freedom. Are you using it?

Common to all people is the desire for freedom. The freedom to choose the life that we want, to be the person that we want to be, to do the work that inspires us and to surround ourselves with the people that we love and who love us. 

You have this freedom. 

If you want to be a top lawyer or live in a cabin by a lake, be the life and soul of the party or a pioneering therapist, surround yourself with family or join a community……it is down to you. But with freedom comes responsibility. The responsibility to make things happen. The responsibility to choose a direction, a response, a focus. Without responsibility, you have no freedom.

The secret

The secret

You have no idea how many times I get asked the secret of success. Businesses, clients, schools. So here it is – I am giving it to you here and now. The three steps:

First you have to know yourself, deeply. Your purpose, what strengthens you and why you are here.

Then you have to notice your patterns, your belief systems, your perspectives and be prepared to see them for what they are – an overlay, white noise, stuff to be chosen and not to be accepted blindly.

And then you have to learn to do certain things well. Things that make a difference to how others relate to you and how you relate to yourself.

This is the process.

And the magic ingredients? Desire and courage.

Get personal

Get personal

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Everything starts with you.

Look in the mirror. Who do you see? Who is that person looking back at you? What do they dream of? What makes them smile? What gives them strength and what drives them crazy? How do they show up in life?

Once you start discovering who you are, you can start taking control of your life.Once you’ve found your dreams, you can start chasing them. Once you’ve found your strengths, you can start believing in yourself. Once you’ve understood what is really important to you, you can start making wise decisions.

So, get to know you – it’s a relationship that will last a lifetime.