If you want to stand out as a manager and leader then be original! For a basic example how many slide deck presentations have you sat through in the past week, month, year? For most managers the figure is going to be quite high. How many have you delivered? Again for most the answer will be quite high.
I appreciate that in larger corporates, slide template designs and endless brand guidelines are issued to ensure consistency. I appreciate this is important for external work but what about internal presentations? More slide decks are produced for internal use than external and for these the “same old, same old” just doesn’t cut it anymore. If you want to get your message across then you must be original.
The odd “famous quote” is fine but most have become nothing more than glib clichés. When I see them used I just think ‘lazy manager’. If YOU can’t motivate your staff to work harder or smarter (and you are alive), I don’t think someone that lived in the second century BC can do the job either.
Originality is not confined to slide decks. Great managers must have original ideas when it comes to meetings, projects, recruitment etcetera.
The reasons why leaders and managers stick to the normal are apathy and fear. Fear of doing something different and it fails. Apathy, well, because they can’t be bothered to think of anything original.
Imagine a world where nobody ever took a risk, what a sterile environment that would be. The great advances in medicine and technology would never have happened. I would not be writing this blog as the internet would not exist!
So how do we be more original? Here are a few tips:
There are the obvious advantages of reading loads and being aware of current affairs. Business analogies drawn from ‘now’ are far more likely to resonate with your staff members than historical ones.
Write blogs and become recognised as a ‘thought leader’ in your industry or profession. I know it takes time but you are building a career here, aren’t you? Building anything worthwhile takes time and effort.
On that note, where’s my scythe? I have a new path to create!
Head of Training
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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.