The world in which business operates has changed
We live and work in exciting times. We're more connected, interconnected and informed today than ever before and that provides us with almost unlimited opportunities to benefit the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
And yet it's a bit daunting too because those opportunities are hidden amidst unprecedented levels of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.
Issues emerge from completely unexpected directions - how do we prepare for events that we can't even predict?
Changes in the environment require decisive action - how do we decide what to do when the effects of our actions are almost impossible to predict?
We want to empower others to think and act for themselves - what happens when they're faced with a situation that neither they nor us expected?
Industrial Age thinking wasn't designed for a VUCA world
Unfortunately, many organisations are struggling in this new environment with management practices and organisational structures designed around the time when steam engines were considered the most disruptive technology on the planet!
In today's world, that same linear thinking and silo mentality just doesn't cut it.
If you're thinking that there has to be a better way - a way that embraces the very uncertainty and unpredictability that typifies the conditions we face very day - there is.
Corporate leadership lessons proven in combat
If we look beneath the surface, the military world and business world have more in common than we might at first think - those same four forces of VUCA apply equally to both and nowhere more so than in the elite world of the Special Forces operator. So, while the specific challenges facing each might differ, the principles and practices transfer from one domain to the other very easily and effectively.
Harnessing his experience both as a Special Forces team commander and as a senior corporate manager, Adam O'Donnell blends practical knowledge with the latest academic research into leadership and organisational design to help you prepare for a future that's already here.
Help your people make good decisions under pressure, communicate their plan effectively and inspire those around them to perform
Whether it's a corporate restructure, a crisis or a difficult day at the office, prepare your people and your organisation to push through adversity
Battlefields and Boardrooms
Adam O'Donnell's career is, to the casual observer, a typical corporate success story.
Starting at the bottom of the ladder in IT, he ultimately rose to hold senior management positions with a number of multinational technology services companies and finally with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology where he led an 18-month cyber-security and organisational resilience program to ensure the reliability and stability of a trusted part of Australia's critical infrastructure.
What's not so typical, however, is that alongside his successful corporate career he served for 18 years as a highly-trained Special Forces soldier, first in the British Army's elite SAS Reserve and then as a Commando in the Australian Army deploying and leading teams on combat operations and training exercises around the world including Bosnia, Afghanistan and Tibet where he managed the logistics of the British Army's successful ascent in 2000.
Reflecting on his training as a parachutist, paramedic, demolitionist, climber, linguist and close combat specialist, he doesn't believe that these really did that much for his corporate career. The leadership training and development that he experienced, on the other hand, was some of the best available in the world and the lessons he learnt whilst leading teams in some of the most arduous and volatile conditions on earth enabled him to build teams in the corporate world that gathered a reputation for taking on the biggest challenges of the day - and coming out on top.
Adam credits much of his success in the VUCA conditions of today's corporate environment to what he learnt in the military about building teams, focussing effort, empowering individuals and establishing a culture where excellence is the only acceptable standard.
Organisations Adam has worked with include:
If you're looking for an antidote to cliched motivational speeches then this may be what you're looking for. Adam interweaves his lessons on leadership, resilience and teamwork with stories that put you right in the heart of the action.
Professional development sessions for every level of management in an organisation - from the most recently appointed team leaders to the most experienced executives looking for ways to generate seismic shifts in growth.
When you want to bring people together to unite them, explore ideas and find a solution to the biggest problems you're facing then it helps to have someone neutral in the room who makes sure that everyone's ideas get heard.
Adam's most recent blog posts on leadership, teamwork and resilience
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A great read!
Exceptional insight that's applicable both to work and everyday life.