Why did a table cleaner in a staff canteen embody the ethos that got a man on the moon and why does a Chinese bamboo tree provide a crucial lesson for aspiring entrepreneurs?
These are just some of the things that social entrepreneur and author Safaraz (Saf) Ali shares in a series of 10 conversations with journalist Adrian Kibbler.
The topics covered in these conversations include the importance of people, how to recruit them and get the best from them. It explores what makes a good leader and how to build strong teams within a winning culture.
‘It all starts with you’ is one of Saf’s favourite catch phrases and he sets out the importance of mindset including having a willingness to listen, learn and grow. He deals with the best ways to cope with and overcome adversity, recognising that we learn more from our failures than our successes.
For Saf the Canny Conversation podcast is a logical next step, taking his insights, and experiences and packaging it in audio bites of business wisdom with context and background.
Making Marginal Gains
When we think of achievements, we often think of the biggest goals gained, a gold medal, running a marathon, or securing a deal, but how do we get there?
Progress is usually thought of when we achieve big things, but it often comes from the small improvements through the habits which are applied consistently. Sir David Brailsford is a prime example of making 1% improvements in the UK Cycling Team every day.
When we focus on the small improvements and everyday habits to get us there, we will eventually get to the end goal.
There are many gains to had when it comes to networking, but as with anything- these can only be attained through time and the right kind of execution and by popular demand this is what we discuss in this podcast.
Networking Not Working
Networking has been with us forever but now there is so much of it and much little more than dating with a group of people simply trying to sell to each other. But a strong network is about much more, strong relationships built upon trust
Chasing perfection is the same as chasing rainbows, whereas often ‘good enough is good enough.’ A wise person seeks for perfection but only a fool expects to find it. Chasing the unobtainable can mean missed opportunities and allow the competition to get ahead of you.
Craving the Credit
Why some people always seem to be craving the credit and being top of the tree. It may be about insecurity rather than simply showing off. Getting the best from people is about praise, encouragement and some internal competition can also drive performance
How to scale?
When businesses scale, they need to become less dependent upon individuals and learn to use technology, processes, and system. Having ‘A’ players is great but it’s not enough if the business is to move to the next level because people unlike systems cannot be cloned.