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Enhancing their gifts - the ultimate corporate and social responsibility of real leaders

I am in the final stages of development of my Enhancing Their Gifts System™ - a simple, painless, sustainable, time, energy and money saving track to lift employee performance, driven by them. It is the culmination of my life's work to make it simple for business owners and leaders to ensure that the majority of your people are performing at their best on a consistent basis.

My system is godsend for business owners and leaders.

At the moment the only way you can get the…


Added by Ian Berry on September 8, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Are you naming the elephants in your room?

On a plane to Indonesia this week I began reading the book ‘Wilful Blindness’ by Margaret Heffernan.

The author quotes Judge Simeon Lake’s instruction to the jury in the famous Enron case “Knowledge can be inferred if the defendant deliberately blinded himself to the existence of a fact.”

And the author’s comment “Their claim not to know was no excuse under the law.  Since they could have known, they were responsible.”

I reflected much on the half of the book…


Added by Ian Berry on September 1, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Conceiving and achieving highly successful change initiatives - a manifesto

It has been said that there are only three things that don't change, death, taxes and change.

Here is a manifesto to help you thrive on the last one.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.


I work with business owners/leaders and leaders of business units in multi-national companies to lift employee performance by enhancing their…


Added by Ian Berry on August 24, 2012 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Are you making the most of both of your lives?

It has been said that Mahatma Gandhi observed that if you live well you get to enjoy two lives - the actual living and then the reliving through your memories.

Are you enjoying both of your lives?

Memories matter. 

I remember often the joy of many experiences with my best friend who passed last year.  Remembering inspires me to live the best life I can live in the now.

Experienced happiness and remembered happiness are two of the great facets… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on August 18, 2012 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Which wolf are you feeding?

An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, & ego. The other wolf is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth." The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?" The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."

I read the above in a great article by Sally Mabelle Creating A World Where All Beings Thrive: The Great Shift… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on August 13, 2012 at 3:36am — No Comments

A key to thriving on the challenges of change is unlearning

In conceiving and achieving highly successfully change initiatives with my clients for more than 20 years one action stands out as a contributor to success - the willingness of people to unlearn.

Have you had a change of heart lately?

Have you changed your mind about something you previously held dear lately?

Have you changed your intention recently?

I worked with one client for a few years.  The culture completely changed over that time.  A few… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on August 3, 2012 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Stop trying to manage people

“I hate managing people” was my client’s opening comment, before we had greeted one another in our usual friendly manner. “Great. Time to stop trying.” was my reply. My client gave me an out of character blank look. “People cannot be managed.” I said. Another blank look.

I meet so many people negatively stressed by their perceived inability to solve so called people problems. After many years of observing and interacting with people I am led to the following…


Added by Ian Berry on July 29, 2012 at 7:45pm — No Comments

We choose our thoughts and our emotions

I read a great insight in the Virgin Airlines Voyeur magazine on a flight yesterday from performance psychologist Dr. Phil Jauncey:

“There is a big misconception in sport and the corporate arena in which people think you need to get your mind right to perform, but that’s not true.

Mental toughness isn’t the ability to get your mind right before an event, it’s being able to execute when your mind is saying you can’t.”

In the article Jauncey is also quoted as saying…


Added by Ian Berry on July 21, 2012 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Where do you belong where you really don't?

My thanks to the great folk at Enablers Network for the following…


Added by Ian Berry on July 13, 2012 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Our why’s attract people to us. Our how is what keeps them with us

I am a fan of the book Start With Why by Simon Sinek and the philosophy he articulates: People don’t buy WHAT we do, they buy WHY we do it.

It is also my belief that when our WHY's become clear, our HOW's become easy!

as I state in this blog.

How is just as important as why however.  Our why’s attract people to us.  Our how is what keeps…


Added by Ian Berry on July 7, 2012 at 1:44am — No Comments

The world we share

I wrote most of the article below more than a decade ago and expanded on the concept in my Changing What's Normal book.

Nothing has changed in our political landscapes!

Please forward to politicians.

As far back as 2003 authors Kouzes and Posner said Collaboration has become the master skill of this age. Our ability to work together will determine mutual failure or mutual…


Added by Ian Berry on June 29, 2012 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Would you like to be free of people problems in your business?

Are you a business owner or leader employing 10 to 200 people?

Would you like to be free of people problems in your business?

There are massive rewards from doing so, namely:

increased top and bottom lines

freedom to do more of what you want

improved well-being and the many associated consequences

Enhancing their gifts™ is a low investment/high return system that you implement in your own way.



Added by Ian Berry on June 23, 2012 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Where do you stand on the leaders ladder?

Even good leaders tell me that they are spending 25% of their time solving or attempting to solve so called people problems. Where do you stand on the leaders ladder below?

If you stand where good or most leaders do… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 14, 2012 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Closing your leadership gap

At least once a week I observe what I call The Leadership Gap.

Business owners and entrepreneurs suffer big time from this gap and so do leaders in multinational corporations.  No one is immune.  The consequences for your business are dire - lower than possible morale and productivity, employee turnover and therefore unnecessary employment costs, lower than essential levels of service and therefore you lose customers/clients as well as failing to gain new ones.

The list…


Added by Ian Berry on June 9, 2012 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Is the behaviour of most politicians the opposite of what we actually need and want?

After hearing for the umpteenth time last week the following coming out of the mouths of Australian politicians from all sides, “We must do whatever it takes to uphold the integrity of parliament,” I looked up integrity on my computer dictionary. It says: “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. The state of being whole and undivided.”

Instead of being whole and undivided it seems to me that most politicians behave in the opposite.  Their brawling in…


Added by Ian Berry on June 2, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Sustainability is a reason and a result

I was honoured to present the keynote address at the Association for Sustainability in Business Conference on the Gold Coast last week.

Although I don’t use slides in such presentations below is the slideshare provided to delegates that shares the substance behind the stories shared.

My key points:

Profit is not a reason for being in business, rather a result of being good at business.

Sustainability is both a reason and a result.



Added by Ian Berry on May 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Change management is an oxymoron

Change management in my view, like strategic planning, is an oxymoron.

Change initiatives are highly successful when leadership (both as something we do for other people as well as for ourselves) and management, are thought about and acted on in partnership rather than as the one discipline.

People everywhere confuse strategy and planning, two completely different disciplines. Think about the two together at your peril. Strategy is about how and planning about…


Added by Ian Berry on May 18, 2012 at 11:29pm — No Comments

"When the people lead - the leaders will follow."

I read a very brave book recently - Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, by David Korten


The 7 interventions David puts forward would dramatically change our world for the better. Massive people power is needed to see these interventions happen.


A line in the book struck me "when the people lead - the leaders will…


Added by Ian Berry on May 12, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The New Economy?

I value the insights from the folk at Corporate Eye.

I would value your comments about their two blogs about the ten principles for a new economy put forward by the Tellus Institute in 2010.

Corporate Eye's first blog about this is here and their second…


Added by Ian Berry on May 4, 2012 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Where are you hanging out even though you perceive there is no value in doing so?

I never quite got the hang of Facebook. I joined initially because everyone else was and so I thought there might be something in it.  I gave a lot of value I think.  Return on investment of time and energy (admittedly I didn’t spend a lot of either) zilch, zero, nothing. LinkedIn on the other hand very glad to belong and contribute.

No one from Facebook has ever contacted me to ask me what I want.  LinkedIn has.

No one from Apple has ever contacted me either.  Apple produces…


Added by Ian Berry on April 25, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

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