William Wallace – The Warrior Scot Whose Life Inspired the Scot’s to Freedom

William Wallace

William Wallace – The Warrior Scot Whose Life Inspired The Scot’s To Freedom

Welcome to episode 4 of season 1 of the Future Past Podcast – Leadership in History.

In today’s show, I look at William Wallace – The Warrior Scot Whose Life Inspired the Scot’s to Freedom.

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Todays Historical Character:

William Wallace was a medieval Scottish knight who caused havoc for the English. Constantly outnumbered & ‘out-gunned’, Wallace found a way to gain strategic advantage and gain victory in seemingly impossible circumstances.

Wallace’s life has many lessons to teach us including:

  • To be very careful who you partner with
  • It’s those who stand and fight who are remembered
  • You are never alone, there are many others on the same mission as you. Find them, add value ad together you’ll be able to achieve more.
  • If you’re doing what everyone else is doing… then you’re doing it wrong!
  • No matter your businesses size, find your strategic advantage.
  • Confidence is the accumulation of wins. Stack your wins to build confidence.
  • Because King Edward 1st was decisive he could make use of timing.
  • Your strategy and tactics need to constantly evolve.
  • Reaching out for help is a sign of strength.
  • The challenges you face and  overcome inspire many others around you – even if you don’t realize it.
  • Setbacks do not mean you should abandon your mission.



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The Future Past Podcast is a fortnightly podcast that looks at historical characters and events as well as some interesting people from today.

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Interview with Wykie Etsebeth, Director and Headcoach of Andfit, CrossFit community and Physical Education Officer for New Zealand Police.

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Tim Stewart Interview

In this fortnight’s podcast we interview competitive long distance runner Tim Stewart.

Show Sponsor:

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Show Quotes:

“If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.”
If you're not failing

“Pain is temporary, greatness is forever.”

Pain is Temporary

“Some succeed because they’re destined to, others succeed because they’re determined to.”

Show Highlights:

  • Tim’s Hip Hop recommendations
  • Insights into long distance running
  • Tim’s training regime
  • The extra 1% that separates the great from the good
  • Tim’s growth habits
  • Why you shouldn’t fear sharing your Big Hairy Audacious Goals
  • The impact of travel (to Nepal)
  • Meditation
  • Success in 5 years
  • 3 Questions for God
  • The historical character Tim would like to meet

Resources Recommended by Tim:

Tim’s Hip Hop Recommendations:

  • J Cole
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Northwest Hip Hop

Connect with Tim Stewart:

Photo’s of Tim:

Tim in Nepal 2 Tim in Nepal with kids Tim in Race Tim in Nepal

Next on Future Past Podcast:

William Wallace, the  warrior Scot whose life inspired the Scots to freedom.


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Nehemiah, the man who defied slavery to save his nation

Nehemiah podcast

Welcome to episode 2 of season 1 of the Future Past Podcast – Leadership in History. In today’s show, I look at Nehemiah, a man who defied slavery to save his nation.

Today’s Sponsor is the book: Meditation for Beginner, Without the Woo-Woo. If the woo-woo stereotype of meditation has ever held you back from experience the incredible benefits of meditation, then this book is a must read. You can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE or by searching ‘meditation without woo-woo’ on the Amazon store.

Todays Historical Character:

Nehemiah is a historical character from the 5th century BC and you can discover more about him in the ancient book of wisdom, the Bible. His life has many lessons to teach us including the following:

  • The difference between a dreamer and a visionary
  • Why successful business and products must address a need
  • Everyone will be confronted with excuses
  • Taking calculated Risks
  • The level of our success is in direct proportion to the quality of our relationships
  • Why your request and vision must be bold
  • Have you inspired co-owners of the vision?
  • The importance of a solid strategy and why you need to pivot
  • Overcoming opposition and obstacles

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The 4 Pillars of Happiness

The Significance Course

Welcome to episode 1 of season 1 of the Future Past Podcast – Leadership in History. In today’s show, I look at the science behind happiness.

The western mindset is broken! I prefer the ancient Greeks definition that says, ‘Happiness is the joy we feel moving towards your potential.’

The opposite of happiness is not sadness, but boredom. So we need the excitement that these 4 pillars below will bring:

Pillar 1: Pursue meaningful life goals

(the significance course helps you to do this. Check it out at http://futurepastpodcast.com/significance

On this page you can also download a free pdf: 22 Questions to Discover Your Sweet Spot)

Pillar 2: Scan the world for opportunities

Pillar 3: Cultivate a mindset of optimism & gratitude

(Start a gratitude journal today listing:

– 3 things you’re thankful for in your Personal Life

– 3 things you’re grateful for in your value exchange or work life

– 3 things you love about yourself

– what you love about those closest to you

Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world!)

Pillar 4: Develop rich social relationships

Have your best year yet… check out The Significance Course at http://futurepastpodcast.com/significance


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Blind Spots, We All Have Them

Blind Spots, We All Have Them

What if I told you that everyone else can see your flaws, except you? Yup, we all have blind spots!

Blinded Within Six Months

I’m not sure about you, but I hate having to move house. The whole process is just such a pain. As if life isn’t busy enough!

But what I do love is that when you move into the other house that you get to create your space the way you want it. You get to start over. The possibilities that lay at your feet are seemingly endless.  I always find the process of creating invigorating.

Another benefit of moving into a new house is that you can immediately spot the flaws. They’re so glaringly obvious to you that it makes you wonder how the people before you could not have addressed these flaws.

However, fast forward six months and those same flaws that were so glaring and obvious to you have now become camouflaged to you. You are so used to seeing them that you have become oblivious to them.  This is why whenever I move house my goal is to address all the flaws within two months while they are still obvious to me.

Our leadership is the same way. We become so accustomed to ‘our way’ that we are no longer self-aware of those areas that we need to work on.  We all have these camouflaged flaws. So how do we overcome this? Here are 3 steps for you to take:

  1. Recognise That We All Have Blind Spots

The first step is to recognise that you have blind spots. In psychology, you learn about Johari’s window. The window has four panes. The Y axis  consisting of what you know and don’t know bout yourself and the X axis what others know and don’t know about you.

The question isn’t if we have blindspots, but rather have you set up a system to become aware of what you don’t know?

2.   Invite Feedback

So if the first step is becoming aware of this knowledge gap, the second step is to take action to close that knowledge gap. This is the scary part where we need to ask for feedback. There are many ways to go about this but here are two simple ways:

a. Get hold of a coach and allow them to look under the hood of your leadership with their pair of fresh eyes.

b. If you can’t afford a coach then take one of your peers or subordinates out for a coffee and ask for some honest feedback.

Make sure you don’t try to defend yourself. Just listen. Don’t make excuses. Awareness is sixty percent of the battle won, the rest is taking action to replace your bad habits with great ones.

3. Rinse and Repeat

As with anything in life, change is not instantaneous. We need to keep working at creating great habits and continue to keep discovering our blindspots.

If you follow this process you’ll be amazed at your leadership transformation. And, as John C. Maxwell says, ‘Everything rises and falls on leadership.’

This process requires humility and a spirit of kaizen (continuous improvement). It may make you uncomfortable in the short term but it will produce exponential results for you in the long term.

Question: Who will you invite to look at and give honest feedback about your leadership? 

The Key to Success

The Key to Success

Have you ever noticed that when you look at successful people that their methods are never the same? In fact, you can even find instances where one person will be successful doing what another successful persons says you shouldn’t be doing?

I have even seen people mimicking other successful people step by step and they still failed!

So how do we truly discover the secret sauce? Stick around you’ll discover 5 steps to developing a ******* of success.

The Secret Sauce to Success

I have been a lifetime student of leadership and the Bible. And I found two incredible sections of ancient wisdom that unlocks the formula for success.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”


Matthew 13: 53-58 which says, “When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed.“Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”

And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

The Bible teaches that Jesus went around healing all those He came into contact with. Then, in Matthew 13 we find this startling statement that Jesus came upon a group of people whom did not receive many miracles.

Thats right, Jesus, was unable to bring miracles to these people! Why? Because of their mindsets! Note how these people started off amazed and then slipped into contempt and offence at Jesus.

The miracle maker was before them, but because of their mindset, they were shut out from any access to the miracles!

How many times have we seen people in the exact same circumstances except one succeeded and one had excuses!

There’s an old story about two shoe salesmen whose company sends them to a remote village in Africa. Upon arrival, one sends home a message saying, “No one here wears shoes; will return shortly.” The other salesman sends this message: “No one here wears shoes; send inventory!”

This is the meaning of the ancient wisdom writings in Proverbs (above) that instructs us to guard our hearts because everything flows from it!

Have you taken stock of your heart (mindsets) lately?

Mindsets Bring Success, Not Methods

This single truth can absolutely revolutionise your life! This my friends is the key to success!

We so often search out methods we can copy to achieve success, even paying thousands of dollars to be instructed in the latest and greatest methods to success.  And when the methods don’t bring the success we desire we run off after the next big thing. But chasing your tail your will never bring you success!

The most successful leaders realise that first we must deal with peoples mindsets before focusing on the how-to’s. You can do all the how-to’s till you are blue in your face, but success is really dependents on ones mindsets!

This is why you see such variety in the methods that successful people use. It’s not really the methods that bring them success. It is their mindsets that they bring to those methods!

Developing A Mindset of Success

  1. Raise the Bar

The Challenge that most of us face is that we have set the bar too low. We compare ourselves to other unsuccessful people and so we settle for average. The only way to get better is to push yourself and require more from yourself.

Have you found yourself settling for average? 

There is nothing as unremarkable as average.

2. Success Breeds Success

Have you ever noticed that successful people hang out with successful people? Is this because they are snobs who see themselves as too good to hang out with the Joe Average’s?

The ancient wisdom from the Bible  in Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Successful people hang out with other successful people because they challenge each other and inspire one another. One persons big thinking inspires another to think big thoughts. And being in this environment causes one to continually stretch for more.

So hang out with successful people, be that in person or through resources such as podcasts, courses and books. Stop making excuses and just get around other successful people!

Who are you hanging around with?

3. Challenge Your Thinking

Have you taken stock of the thoughts you think? Would you be part of the small minded and offended people of Matthew 13 or are you someone who is continually seeking to grow and improve your mindset?

When negative thoughts come that give you all the reasons why you can’t do something do you ever stop to challenge those thoughts?

Be your own coach! A coaches role is to encourage his players to believe in themselves, to continually stretch and push the boundaries of what is possible. A coach challenges negative thought and demands that excuses are tossed aside.

When you find yourself facing negative self talk, write it out, crumple the paper up and throw it away. The re-write the negative in  the positive.

For example, if you were in a social setting and found yourself thinking that no-one would want to talk to you you need to re-write that negative talk by saying that of course people will want to connect with you as you are a great listener who adds value to others… of course people love talking with you!

Will you begin to be your own coach?

4. Get Others To Challenge Your Thinking

The truth is that sometimes we are just too close to our own circumstances and mindsets to recognise when we need to challenge our thinking.

There is no more important asset to helping you get the right mindset than getting a great coach or mentor. Tips to getting a great mentor can be found HERE.

And while it may require an investment, the return in your investment will be incredible!

Who will you bring on your team?

5. Don’t Let Past Failure Trap You

I experienced this for myself when after working in a certain denomination for ten years in two different churches in South Africa I was called to a meeting with the national leader who summarily fired me from my position as an assistant pastor and was told that there were no positions available to me in any of the other seventy odd churches in that denomination.

As you can imagine, I was crushed! When your hero calls you in and basically says you don’t have what it takes, thats a tough pill to swallow. Ten years of my life seemed to be flushed down the toilet in that one moment. But we shouldn’t swallow every pill that we are given! I did some soul searching and came to the conclusion that this leader was wrong.

Moving forward was easier said than done. My confidence was rocked. But with the support of my faith and my friends I put myself out there. Fast forward six months and I was employed in a church that was seven times the size of the one I was fired from.

I was given an entry position at a church. I was thankful for the opportunity. But one of the faulty mindsets I had acquired from my setback was that I had a mistrust of senior leadership. I had to work hard to overcome this. I did this by going out of my way to serve the senior leadership. This could easily have just become a part of ‘my way’ but I knew if I didn’t deal with it immediately, it would always be with me. When I did deal with the faulty mindset of mistrusting senior leadership, I was then able to rise quickly into a significant leadership position in  the church.

How has your past failures affected your mindsets today?


Your Challenge:

I have given you a challenge at the end of each of the 5 steps to developing a success mindset.  But I don’t want you to try and do all 5. Just pick the most relevant one for you and begin to work on that. Focus on applying it this week and if you make a habit of it your leadership and personal growth will be revolutionised. This is your key to success.

Who Will You Bring On The Journey?

Lets admit it, who likes doing things alone? It’s always much more fun when others are on the journey with you! Why not send the URL to this post to a few friends and work associates and take the journey together. You can also share this post using the social share buttons at the end of this post. As the ancient wisdom says, “…iron sharpens iron.”

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Failure Leads To Growth And Discovery

Having a go

If you’ve ever felt embarrassed after failing then this post is for you! 


In this post:

  • My discovery in failure while painting
  • How the Post-it note was Invented
  • A challenge for you

Discovery in Failure

This past weekend I had all my kids and I didn’t want to just do the same old same old. So I thought it might be fun to make a painting for the new house we have moved into. We got an A2 sized canvas, glued on cut outs of our hands and then flicked paint onto the canvas. The idea was that we would then remove the hands and it would hopefully stand out from all the paint that was splattered around them.

The idea seemed sound but the outworking was a total flop! As I pulled off the hands the paper tore, some was stuck on stubbornly. Im sure you’ve had similar experiences when removing labels from bottles or glass jars. It was really frustrating as the painting looked really good but now it was ruined.

Not wanting to give in I decided to wash the canvas and we’d just start again and leave out the hands part of the project. And as I washed the canvas I serendipitously discovered that washing the paint made a really awesome effect.

Right in the midst of my failure I discovered a new technique that could be used. The failure led me to discovery.  (Stick around till the end of the post to see my art created from this new technique.) And I’m not the only one.

How the Post-It Note Was Invented

Post-It notes made by 3M are an incredible product that today ranks in the top 5 office products sold around the world! But the product was actually discovered by mistake!

In 1968 Spencer Silver was working on creating a super strong adhesive for use in the aerospace industry. Instead of the super strong adhesive that he was tasked with creating he ended up making an incredibly weak, pressure sensitive adhesive agent called Acrylate Copolymer Microspheres. 

So for the next 5 years this invention was shelved as the 3M management nor Silver could think of a marketable use for the product. Finally, in 1973 when Geoff Nicholson was made the products laboratory manager at 3M, Silver approached him with the idea of using his invention to make a bulletin board without tacks. While this was a decent idea, bulletin boards sales are low and the idea wasn’t seen as profitable enough.

Enter Art Fry, a product development engineer at 3M who was familiar with Silver’s invention. Fry sung in his church choir at St Paul’s in Minnesota and one of his problems was that he was continually loosing his page markers in his hymn book. This led him to suggest to Nicholson and Silver that instead of sticking the adhesive to the bulletin board that they should stick it to the paper which then could be stuck to anything.

With the input of Roger Merrill and Henry Courtney 3M eventually got the adhesive so it was able to stick to the paper and not be left behind on whatever surface the page was then stuck to.

Finally in 1977, 3M began running test sales of the post-It notes, then called Press n’ Peel. There was no demand for the product at all. It seemed the product was a flop after all.

However Nicholson and his boss, Joe Ramey, weren’t giving up. They felt the marketing department had dropped the ball by not giving out samples to business so that they could discover for themselves the usefulness of the product. So a year after the initial flop, they reintroduced the product, now called Post-It note and it was an enormous success. 3M received a 90% re-order rate for the Post-It notes, which was double the best initial rate 3M had ever seen for a new product that was introduced! And the rest is history as they say. (To see the post I got the 3M information from + some really cool bonus facts about the Post-It notes simply click HERE.)

And this top 5 office product started it’s life as a failure!

A Challenge For You

I wonder the positive impact that would be made in our lives if instead of being embarrassed by our failures we saw them as opportunities. Opportunities to learn and to discover.

The next time you fail, I want to challenge you to stop and congratulate yourself and look for what you can learn and discover. Who knows, you might have just stumbled onto the next major invention!

At the end of the post you can see the art that came out of my failure.

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My Art Made By My New Technique

Values Trump Goals – 5 Reasons Why

Values Trump Goals

I have a confession to make… I’ve never really been a big goal setter! There it is, the cat is out of the bag. I’m not saying that I don’t set goals. Of course I do. Goals are just not the main thing I use to get where I am wanting to go.

Personally I focus more on my daily rhythms and values.


Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work.

They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they’re probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.

For example, one of my values is that those who are closest to me would love and respect me the most. It’s easy for people who don’t know you intimatly to see your life and think that everything is great. But I want those who know me best to truly see me as a success. My words and actions align. They see the true me. This means that I’m a person of integrity.

Closely related to this value is my value that says success in all areas or no success at all. The idea here is that it is no good to be ultra successful at work and have a family thats falling apart or spend all my time with the family but be unable to provide for them.

Now values are personal and everyone will have their own set of values.

Your values are a guiding star to get you to success in your life. They make take some time to craft and finally settle on, but it is well worth the investment.

Daily Rhythms

Daily rhythms are things that are done on certain days, and sometimes, at certain times of the day.

For example, on Mondays I always create content for this blog, the fortnightly newsletter, Facebook and Twitter. I don’t have to think about what I need to do on a Monday. I have a routine.

Another example is that during the week, from 2:20pm to 2:55pm my wife and I walk the dogs. It’s not something that I have to think about or plan when I’m going to do it. It’s just part of my routine.

5 Reasons Rhythms and Values Trump Goals

We always hear the value of goals being preached but today I want to share 5 reasons why values trump goals:

Win Every Day

The thing with goals is that you can only achieve a win down the line. And when you’re being hit on every side with to-do’s and cries for your attention, a delayed reward can be difficult to keep you motivated.

I like to feel like I’m winning daily. And by setting up rhythms and values I can ‘win’ everyday.

Build Unstoppable Momentum

And by winning everyday I create a great sense of momentum in my life. As I’ve mentioned before in THIS POST, momentum is a leaders best friend. With it you can smash through obstacles but without it, you can become derailed when you come across even smaller obstacles.

Consistent rhythms and values in your life are the surest way to build an incredible sense of momentum in your personal and work life.

Simplify for Success

Lets be honest. Tracking goals can be a royal pain. I find it much easier to follow my rhythms and values than I do goals. For example. I want to continually develop as a leader. At first I would set a goal to read so many books, listen to so many podcast, etc. And to be honest, it was a hassle trying to keep track of everything. I’d start off just fine but after a short while I’d forget to mark off progress. But now I have changed it all into a simple value: to grow daily.  It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

Gain True Results That Aren’t Rushed

And because I’m not just trying to rush to get through books, podcasts, etc to meet a goal, but I can now take however long or short as required, because the value is growth and not just getting through a certain number of books, podcasts, etc. Wasn’t this what I was after in the first place?

Consistent Action

One of the most common things you hear with people who set goals for themselves is that the day to day activities has so consumed them that the goals and the steps to achieve them are forgotten until they’re a month out and all of a sudden they are in a panic to try and get it done. The secret to being successful is being able to work consistently on what you are trying to accomplish. Daily Rhythms and Values help you to do that by having that daily focus. And if I am focused on winning with my rhythms and values daily, I’ll never forget them like we so often do with our goals!

So there you have it, 5 great reasons why values trump goals!

Keeping Score

I usually make a quick tally at the end of the day as to how I’m doing and spend a little extra once a week reviewing how I’ve done. Marshall Goldman, coach to the uber successful, has a great tool that he uses. He has a list of what is important that he wants to live out each day. You can use your rhythms and values in this tool. Goldman actually pays someone to call him up and ask him these questions every single day!

For each yes you score 1 point. For each no you score a 0. At the end of the week you tally up your score and see how you’ve been tracking. (Goldman warns that most people who start this exercise give up after 2 weeks – not because it isn’t working, but precisely because it is working and is showing them just how off track they are.) If you stick with this simple tool, your life will be transformed!

So at the end of the week my score would be  out of 70 as I have 10 values I’m tracking. Don’t be discouraged if you score terribly at first. Remember, the aim is to daily come more and more in alignment with your values. The journey is as important as the destination.

Crafting Your Values

MindTools has a great page on how to craft your values. You can check it out HERE.

To be honest, crafting your values is a project that can take anywhere from weeks to months to craft. Don’t be in a rush.

The great thing of course is that values are never set in stone. They are flexible and can adapt with the seasons of life that you find yourself in.

One of the things I found quite helpful is to realise that your values are about who you are wanting to become. You may have some values that you are naturally good at, and some that you are downright terrible at living out at the moment.

I found it helpful to look at other people’s and companies values and use theirs as a launching pad. I’d then adapt or scrap until I came out with my own.

To aid you in crafting your own values I’ll list my values below:

  • People first
  • Positive attitude
  • Grow daily
  • Equip and release others
  • Pay now and play later
  • Success in all areas or no success at all
  • Those closest to me would love and respect me the most
  • Lost people matter
  • Encourage daily
  • Healthy lifestyle

For some more ideas check out this 400 word value list HERE.


They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. So today my challenge to you is to create Marshall Goldman’s tool for yourself (on a simple excel spreadsheet) and use it for the next 21 days.

Even if you don’t have your values defined yet, I believe using this tool will help you to work through what is indeed important to you.

As always, please do leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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The Amazing Race of 1910-1911

The Amazing Race of 1910-1911

In this episode we join Englishman Scott and Norwegian Amundsen as they race to be the very first to the geographical South Pole: The Amazing Race of 1910-1911

This episode is filled with leadership lessons that we can learn and apply to our lives today.

As this is the beta version of the podcast it is not available on iTunes yet. I’d love your feedback so I can keep improving the podcast. Leave a comment or leave a message via Speakpipe (available on the right hand side of the website).

Below are some visuals to help you imagine the scenes in our podcast:

Picture of Amundsen

Norwegian flag Roald Amundsen, 1872 – 1928

Picture of Robert Scott

British flag Robert Falcon Scott, 1868 – 1912

Map of Amundsen's and Scott's Route

Amundsen’s and Scott’s route to the geographic South Pole

Norwegian's on a provision run

Norwegians on a provision run using dogs

English man-hauling

The English and their man-hauling

Scott party at Norwegian's tent at the South Pole

The Scott party at Norwegian’s tent at the South Pole

Top 10 Questions to Ask Other Leaders

Top 10 Questions to Ask Other Leaders

Asking questions is one of the best ways to grow yourself and your leadership. So today I want to share with you the top 10 questions to ask other leaders.

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”

— Voltaire

Asking questions seems a bit of a last art these days. Perhaps it is because our sense of curiosity has been squashed with the information overload we have today. According to Dr Martin Hilbert and his team at the University of southern California, 100 years ago, people were lucky to read the equivalent of 50 books worth of information in their lifetime. Using the analogy of an 85 page newspaper, in 1986 we received around 40 newspapers worth of information a day. By 2007 that figure rocked to a whopping 174 newspapers worth of information a day! (Click HERE to read a short but  interesting article on the information age)

But great leaders remain curious. They are able to cut through the arbitrary and ask the relevant questions that keep them growing as a leader.

I would encourage you to invest the time and resources to meet with leaders who are ahead of you and pick their brains. Do this a minimum of once a month. I wrote a great post on Why You Should Always ‘Date’ Your Potential Mentor. I encourage you to give it a read. It’ll well help you to organise the meetings with leaders well and some important do’s and don’ts.

But once you have the meeting it’s always good to have thoughtful questions handy.

Here are my Top 10:

  • What are the most important decisions that you make daily as a leader?
  • What habits help you to stay innovative as a leader?
  • What do you look for in potential leaders?
  • If you had two equally-qualified candidates, how would you determine who to hire?
  • How do you create and maintain momentum in your organisiation?
  • How do you keep your team focused and inspired in the midst of obstacles and setbacks?
  • What is the most helpful book that you would recommend for me to read?
  • What is the best way that you have found to genuinely connect and build relationships with leaders outside of your organisation?
  • What do you feel has made you successful as a leader?
  • What 3 things do you think I should focus on right now to get me to the next level of leadership?

When meeting with a leader you can have confidence knowing that you are making the best use of their and your time if you come armed with the top 10 questions to ask other leaders. Now you might only end up using 3 of the questions above, but thats probably all the questions that you’ll have time for and  it’s a great way to get the conversation going.

As I mentioned in my post, Why you Should Always ‘Date’ Your Potential Mentor,  be sure that you are NOT the one doing all the talking.


So pick up the phone today and offer to take a leader out to lunch in the next 1-3 weeks! And use a few a the questions from this list to get the conversation going.

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