Monday, March 11, 2013

A Leader without a Title

Ever heard of Robin Sharma? No? Yes? You should.

Robin Sharma is one of the world's most widely read authors, famous for The monk who sold his Ferrari, The Greatness Guide and The Leader who had No Title among others. He heads an international leadership training firm and on a continual basis conducts motivational talks/workshops all over the world. He has recently completed his Africa tour where he started in Lagos, Nigeria, then Angola and he just left South Africa.

To start, Robin is an exceptional human being. Last Saturday I was given free tickets to go and see his motivational talk on leadership. My parents and I as well as classmates of mine with their parents all came to see him. I'd like you to guess how much the tickets we had received for free were. R7500. That's $726, or £545. Most of the people there had received tickets from their companies that had payed for them to attend. My mother -a titanic fan of Robin Sharma, having read most of his books- made a joke that "Unless he is going to anoint us with oil" she didn't know how the tickets were the price they were. It was worth it.

I was genuinely awed by his power and amazing-ness, and also his insight into what he calls "Leading without a Title"

Soon the talk started, and he began with saying that the number one factor that defines success is a word called "Grit". I really can't write his entire two hour speech and workshop for you, but I will be sharing gems that I picked up during the talk. I was scribbling furiously throughout the entire two hours, not wanting to miss a word, so be assured, the below is all the good stuff.

We don't get lucky, we make lucky.

You can be liked, or you can change the world, but you can't have both.

We must have the guts to do what only the 5% of the population does.

Run your own race.

We are still too frightened!

If everything seems under control, you're not moving fast enough.

Ideas without execution are an illusion.

All the great leaders all had one thing in common, which was a monomaniacal focus to execution.

Small acts of execution every day lead to stunning results.

Nothing fails like success.

How many of you are successful? I say most respectfully that you are in the most dangerous place you have ever been.

Take on the apprentice mindset (AM).

We all have a learning disability. It's called "I can't".

We are in a war against distraction. We are too busy being busy.

Leadership is a way of thinking. A way of being.

We chose to be victims.

All work has dignity.

A job is only a job if your chose to see it as a job.

Adults are no more than deteriorated children.

Don't wait until you're inspired to do a difficult job.

Steve Jobs tells the Apple team, "I want you to make the inside of the computer more beautiful than the outside" 
"But Steve, nobody is going to see it," they replied.
"But we'll see it" he said.

 Disrupt the way you worked yesterday. Push the envelope. 

Be scared.

Say you're a 50 person company. Be a 50 leader company.
Instead of being the CEO, rather be the CIO. Chief Inspiration Officer.

"When you have a problem, you're the only one who's going to solve it." said by Bert Cleeland who has been a carpet-installer for the last 55 years. He loves his job.

Have one hour a day of non-stimulation. No TV, no music, no talking, no noise, no doing things, just silence.

Clean out the energy vampires in your life.

As you flex the brain, as you use the brain, you get the brain you deserve.

We go through every day thinking of the things we haven't done, but we actually need to celebrate what we have done!

Be a master of your craft.

Be so good at what you do that people cannot ignore you.

Go minimalist. Focus on the small things, and the big things will come.

Leave the crown of mediocrity.

Oscar Wild: "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

JZ: "If people don't hate you, you're probably not doing big things."

The business of the business is people.

People may forget what you do or what you say, but they won't forget how you made them feel.

When people laugh at you, that takes courage.

Be kinder than expected.

 "Once I put the person together, the world was okay."

Don't neglect the power of gratitude.

Don't be successful but alone.

Be world class, but don't miss out on the small perfect moments.

Every day matters.

Win a victory for human kind.

"Almost everyone who has had an idea that's somewhat revolutionary or wildly successful was first told they're insane." Larry Page, co-founder of Google.

"You don't want to be merely the best of the bestYou want to be the only one who does what you do." Jerry Garcia, famed musician.

"Being the richest man in the graveyard doesn't matter to me. Going to bed every night knowing we've done something wonderful matters to me." Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple (1955-2011)

"The goal isn't to live forever. The goal is tho create something that will." Chuck Palahniuk, author of The Fight Club.

At the end, the entire group of just over a thousand people stood up and clapped for him. I'm not saying that everyone "got it", and I'm not saying that everyone had the unbelievable experience I had, but one point they couldn't fault him on was that he was inspiring and put every cell of his make up into what he does.
I spoke to some of my fellow students afterwards and I was actually disappointed to find out that they didn't get him. Some said it was "irrelevant to us" or "great but too difficult to carry out".

Oh my friends, the first step is to see that it is not difficult. We need only look at it as easy and it will become that. Maybe not initially, but eventually feeling motivated, brilliant, living in the now will become second nature and Bam! You are a master.

Quite a funny, but exceptional sight for me was a group of women behind me who at every encouragement and brilliant statement said by Robin, would go "Mmmhhmmm! That's right!", "Yeah!" or "Yes!". It sounded like a mini gospel choir sitting behind me. It was brilliant. People got it! Amen!

I would like to share two videos of his with you:

It's time for us to change the world too.

P.S Here are some more links to incredibly powerful articles on Robin Sharma's website and blog: 60 Tips for a Stunningly Great Life ; Robin Sharma Podcasts ; Do your Part ; 62 Tips to get Unstuck in 2013.