Ed: Everyone in the marketplace at the moment is telling you need to be a better leader doesn’t matter whether you’re a sportsman, businessman, sportswoman, business woman, politician, everybody’s screaming you need to be a better leader. But why do you a couple in business need to be a better leader.
Bec: Yeah, leadership has really funny kind of a context and it certainly comes across the very masculine word but the ladies that are watching right now, it is you who needs to step up and lead just as much as your husband who is on the tools.
Ed: My name’s Edward Plant
Bec: I’m Rebecca Plant
Ed: We’re from the Institute for Couples in Business. So oever the last 10 years, we’ve written a number one best-selling book that we interviewed a whole heap of business owners that were made a successful seven million, hundred million and 300 hundred million dollar businesses. We have an event every month where we invite our guest speaker in to share their knowledge and these businesses are the same highly successful, huge teams doing amazing things. And all of them talk about the more that their leadership improves the better the business goes every single time. So we want to share a bit about that.
Bec: So, what is leadership at the beginning and very very quickly is actually really just the ability to influence and make other people to do things that you need to do that other you need done in order to create the outcome that you desire.
Ed: hasthag lead the ship.
Bec: That’s right
Ed: And we bring the skills we bring to this. I spent 17 years in the Army, leading soldiers around the world, been trained to lead soldiers and training officers to lead soldiers around the world. Bec comes from a highly competitive sports background and leading in her businesses and on the sporting field at the highest level of an Australian Network.
Bec: And so from that we know how to work with teams. We recognize that there’s three things that you can do to support yourself to create better leadership inside of yourself and then also inside your business.
Ed: The first one you need to start off is fit your framework, so you need to understand your strenghts and weaknesses, your partner’s strengthts and weaknesses, how they work together and how they clash together. Once you understand this, you can start having a ripple effect out into your business. So you need to fit your framework.
Bec: Yeah, absolutely. Second, what you need to is to cultivate culture and we talk about cultivating instead of creating. Because, cultivation suggests as culture needs a continual revisiting of that culture so for ex. yogurts or champagne or requires culture created inside of that to create a product. But, it needs constant stimulation and attention in order for it to come up to a really great product. And your business and your culture inside is exactly like that, so the second thing you need to do is to create, to cultivate culture.
Ed: The third one, is transform your team. Now, it doesn’t matter what level they’re at at the moment. I believe that everybody can improve and we have a team transformation program that we recommend you to looking at reviewing where it is, analyzing what needs to be done, shifting behaviors and supporting staff change, and making sure you see identify what works and what doesn’t work. So transforming your team, if they’re all eight out of ten, that’s great. But, let’s make them nine out of ten. If they’re all six out of ten, we need to significantly change them to make them better. Because, the better your team is the more freedom you’re going to have, and the more impact you can achieve as well.
Bec: So, that’s our three things and a little bit a lot about leadership. But, that’s the three things that you need to do in order to make your business work for you, harder than you are working for it.
Ed: How you can you lead your ship. My name’s Edward Plant.
Bec: I’m Rebecca Plant.
Ed: We’ll see you soon.
Bec: See yah.
Edward is the Co-Founder and Lead Strategist at the Institute for Couples in Business. When he’s not nutting out smart strategies you’ll find him hanging out with wife and business partner Rebecca and his sons Samuel, 4, and Charles, 2. For the past seven years Ed has been working with business owners to double profits, halve hours and build self-sustaining business that thrives with or without you. Ed is also author of #1 best-seller Lead-The-Ship and a sought-after guest speaker who often gets mistaken for Prince Harry.