Mentoring progress report
It's 20 months since the mentoring programme started.
I was looking to mentor people with ideas that would
fundamentally and powerfully impact on the nature and quality of
That's a challenging task at the best of times. Of course I'm
not satisfied with just 1 or 2 ideas like that I want to work on
lots simultaneously .
So I work with 2 groups of 12 . the first group known as Game
Changers have been working with me for 20 months now. In this blog
I let them speak for themselves about what's happened so
You can see from watching the video that we are all pretty
satisfied with what's happened so far. Watch this space for
fireworks next year.
There have been a few key things I've learned:
1. IconicShift works! The architecture and working in groups of
12 actually gets results. I didn't know if it would when I
started , so the first year was a pilot.
2. The group work is a lot more powerful than the one to
ones. That's a surprise but the synergy and mutual support in the
group has been extraordinary. One to ones have been a bit more
mundane - generally advice on a specific topic - like a business
plan or a deal or a marketing campaign. The big breakthroughs have
happened in the group.
3. The key thing with a big transformational vision is to give
people a way to hold it, without it weighing them down. A step by
step approach to strategy that chunks down a 100 year vision
to a set of actions this year and specifically this quarter has
been a spectacular success and has allowed people to believe that,
however big their idea, spectacular achievement is not only
possible but in fact likely.
4. Within IconicShift there are a whole set of business
design and implementation tools which embody 7 fundamental
principles. It's vital to keep explaining the principles and how
the tools embody them. The tools need practice, practice,
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