I’m not transcribing our conversation word for word because the magic lies in Andy’s storytelling, observations, interpretations and the unfolding of insights.
Instead here are some golden nuggets that will make more sense once you’ve listened and I would encourage you to read these after the podcast so that they help embed the messages and insights.
- When I asked Andy about how the term ‘lenschanger’ came about, he shared an insightful analogy of an SLR camera and how we need to go back with our observations from the instant automatic smartphone snaps to the SLR with its intricacies of lens, frame aperture etc. He then opens up in a real, raw and authentic sharing of an opportunity he was given at a TEDActive in the US
- Andy tells the story of his ice hockey life and career, how he survived and thrived through his ability to assess situations and change the way that the circles of influence operated
- “attribution drives bias > bias drives exclusion > that exclusion drives influence” what an insight
- Reverse mentoring – Andy tells how this is working at RB, the benefits and surprise unfoldings, building bridges between senior and younger/more junior employees and the desire to have development initiatives that include all levels of seniority
- “never open email until you’ve had a conversation with someone…..we all have the power to ruin someone’s day” (and that’s not connected to the conversation!)
- “Resilience is like wearing a coat” – an insightful analogy that looks at resilience from an enlightening perspective and how we can identify those in need of support and offer help
- “in order for people to be at their best, people need to be the best version of themselves”
- We don’t interpret moods any more or realise that they are the body’s signal to us to take notice, instead we judge them, especially in others
- “We in business think that we’re ahead of the game – sport absolutely puts us to shame” (he’s a poet too!) Andy shares his experience of listening to and working with some sporting greats, including Natalia Cohen and her team’s facial recognition training
- “A percentage less on the profit will drive the capacity for our organisations to shift”
Couldn’t agree more Andy!
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