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Author: chrisd

Leaving the EU – an opportunity for leaders to win

The vote has been cast and the result is known. It doesn’t matter which way individuals voted. UK PLC has to get on with planning and preparing for the new world. Nobody fully knows what independence from the EU will mean. Of course it will be challenging, of course there is uncertainty.

I don’t accept that Britain leaving the EU should be the next ‘it’ to be blamed for poor performance within businesses. Challenging and unforgiving markets are a constant reality. Extraordinary opportunities are available to those companies which can aggressively meet the needs of the changed market. The best companies will see this change as an invitation to succeed – to reconfigure their model, pursue new markets, define a different and more efficient regime. The best companies turn turbulence and uncertainty to their advantage. The critical differentiator is leadership.

I enjoy working with companies to make sure that they are prepared for success. My speaking, coaching and masterclasses are built on my personal experience of what it takes to be a serial winner. The best leaders can achieve absolute focus within their organisation. The best leaders can release rapid creativity. The best leaders inspire ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results. As a CEO and Chairman I have been through this process many times. I have worked with teams in the depths of recessions and through massive market turbulence. When our competitors fell over we grew stronger. We focused our business. We developed simple but effective tools and processes which aligned our teams, inspired commitment and achieved astonishing results.

I look forward to sharing these lessons and tools with businesses who want to win, who want to change the terms of the debate – from resistance to performance, from apprehension to excitement. If you are engaged in one of the companies who want to win I anticipate sharing success with you. The next few years are an exciting opportunity for leaders with the desire, skill and determination to win. I’m looking forward to meeting the next generation of extreme leaders.

I love it when a plan comes together

I build businesses in phases. In our companies we have developed the 1000 Day Plan™ which we use to visualise, prioritise and expedite. The plan raises the heartbeat of the business, lets each team member see where they make a difference and coordinates activity. It is simple but very effective and I now use the toolkit to help my masterclass and strategic workshop clients to accelerate change in their business. We also apply the 1000 Day Plan™ to get a fast start in our new companies.

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Turning a wrong into a very much right!

I am often asked whether I have experienced calamities in business. I have, and recently suffered another when one of our businesses suffered a catastrophic failure. A remote operation, led by a misguided executive providing disingenuous records shielded by false communication caused the business to run into the ground. By the time the covers were lifted and the reality of the situation was seen it was too late. The business was irreparably damaged with many jobs lost. Read more

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“His presentation was totally authentic allowing our selected high potential team to really see and feel what it means to be a visionary, inspiring leader.”

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“I thought Kevin was quite simply inspirational. I loved the fact that he was still down to earth despite his obvious success. I thought the message he gave could be adopted and implemented into any business…”

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“We were completely in awe of your presentation! Your delivery is quite unique in that you relate so comfortably with the audience and you have ‘truly lived’ every moment of each experience. I have heard many speakers who have presented about their experiences but have lacked your ability to articulate from your heart”

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“Thank you for making our leadership conference so special. The response from the audience was sky high! You are world-class, yet humble, and you make people feel as though anyone can achieve what they set their minds to be. What a gift! Thank you, thank you.”

Don’t promise, just prove

When asked to define the qualities of a great leader descriptions often include the terms – transparent, honest, brave, approachable, determined.

I have worked with many great leaders, at all levels in organisations. I have witnessed the actions of leaders who work hard, who are passionate, who encourage, and who make a real difference. The single word that I would use to describe the common characteristic of the most successful leaders is trustworthy. When they say they will do something, they do it. And everyone knows that they will do it. This trust builds confidence and belief, it is the core of a value system which enhances the team, department, division or organisation. Read more

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“Kevin was a breath of fresh air, truly inspirational. He focused thoughts for the rest of the conference and beyond.”

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“Motivational, thought provoking and inspiring, our people are still referring to Kevin and his ideas…”

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Kevin in action“…just to say that Kevin Gaskell was absolutely superb and one of the best speakers we have ever hired. Thank you…”

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“Kevin certainly stole the show yesterday – absolutely brilliant was all that I heard…”

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“Never ever have heard such a passionate speaker, gives you energy.”

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“Top notch, inspirational brilliance, great ideas, great story…”

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“Inspirational and valuable – just great!”

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“Rated out of 100, you have been scored at 96 by over 300 delegates which is higher than I have ever seen.”