Simon Sinek is a self-proclaimed unshakable optimist, and even amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, he continues to believe in a bright future and our ability to build it together.
He is probably best known for popularizing the concept of WHY. His first Ted talk has been viewed by over 50 million people and I can still vividly remember the first time I saw it in 2009. I loved the concept of the Golden Circle and thought to myself: “We’ll be seeing more of this guy in the coming years!” As you know, I was right. Since then, Simon has written 5 best-selling books and has become an internationally recognized expert on leadership.
If you are a long-time listener, you’ll notice that I kick off the conversation with Simon differently. Instead of asking my usual question about his early cultural influences, I jump straight into the topic that is currently on everyone’s mind: the current pandemic and the impact it’s had on businesses and teams. We spend a good part of our conversation talking about what he’s observed during the COVID-19 outbreak and how we should be showing up for our teams and our clients during these challenging times.
We also talk about Simon’s books, his WHY, his vision, and organizational culture.
Here are some of the themes that we explored:
- Two primary reactions that people have to the pandemic and how to engage with both
- What is and what is not unprecedented about the COVID-19 outbreak
- The mindset shift that is required to see this crisis as an opportunity
- What makes people capable of extraordinary acts of courage during difficult times
- Building trust when we are being challenged by external circumstances
- What the current crisis revealed about Simon and his team and how they are flexing to the new reality
- What leadership qualities remote working calls for
- The importance of putting ourselves out of our comfort zone
- What infinite mindset is and why we need it now more than ever
- How to balance the short terms needs of the current crisis with an infinite mindset
- Why the most important thing a company has are its values and what to do when they are being challenged
- Characteristics of an environment that will help people move forward and beyond the current crisis
- What to do when you find yourself in an environment that has been locked in a finite mindset for decades
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