In the video below, I’m in my garden in Oxfordshire. It’s spring and so much new life is coming up. I love this time of year. There is a riot of noise each morning from birds that have recently migrated to Northern Europe. And new plants are beginning to emerge.
But this post is about another kind of new life that is beginning to emerge.
For over a year now, I’ve been writing and working on what is that ‘X Factor’ in high performers, particularly in the arena of change. How do these high performers get their extraordinary results?
In the early part of this year, I was really encouraged by the Leading Yourself online workshop. Over about six weeks, we worked through some core material in my recent book, meeting weekly online to explore what the implications were for each of the group.
By the end of that time, we had bonded as a group. The class didn’t want it to end and asked to keep a monthly webinar going.
So I did some research and sought your opinions. If you are a subscriber to this site , you will know about the survey I have been running.
I asked about what you want, your challenges, and so on. Although results are still coming in, what is emerging is really interesting…
First, you are a wide-ranging group. Not many of you have job titles like ‘project manager’ or ‘change leader’. We have journalists and cyber-security experts, church workers and government officials. It seems that the secrets of great change leaders are applicable to us all.
Also, very few people have a single full-time job. Most of us have a portfolio of jobs. The 21st century is upon us. This is the new normal.
However, what you want from me is fascinating, and caused me a little concern. It seems that you want two things:
- Yes, you do want Community – a place to share and connect with like-minded individuals
- Quick Wins – short, sharp ‘how-to’ guides. People want me to ‘cut to the chase’ and give them a condensed explanation, something that they can absorb in five or ten minutes.
Now, how do I do this?
After researching into this, I’ve come to the conclusion that I should offer you a private site, a place where people can access a members’ only discussions and forums, as well as exclusive content.
This is not something I set out to do. I was happy with merely writing, producing learning solutions and coaching one-to-one. But I am committed to your success and to offering you what you want.
So, I’ve been busy building the site. I’m not yet ready to launch it.
You are taking me in an unexpected direction, and I’m already forming a vision of what this community will look like. I think it will be very powerful for us all.
As always, leave your comments below, or complete my online survey.
Better still, join the waiting list for the launch of this exciting new community.
Some of the resources now on our Positive Outlier Academy: