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How to Increase Your Capability for Consistently Achieving Exponential Growth

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Think about all the vagaries of running a high-technology venture – as executive leaders you need to be setting the vision, formulating strategies for success and operationally attracting and retaining top-level talent, leading and managing teams, sourcing and deploying scarce resources and negotiating ongoing funding rounds, all while building a sustainable platform and compelling products.

Some CEOs and executive leaders have an innate ability to juggle all these balls, keeping them up in the air and constantly moving their business forward. But for every one such person they are 10 others who become increasingly overwhelmed by the level of chaos that surrounds them.

How can you ensure that across your business, or if you are a venture capitalist across your portfolio, there is a constant capability to harness this chaos and turn it into a proactive force for directionally-correct and exponential growth?

At EXOscalr our mantra is:

No plan, No progress

We have developed a comprehensive Exponential Growth Engine & Operating System designed to support a company and a portfolio of companies in executing and operating at optimal efficiency and performance levels, both individually, as a company and as a portfolio.

The Exponential Growth Engine consists of a set of growth levers, algorithms and methodologies for consistently achieving greater scale. The first step is putting in place a bespoke Exponential Growth Engine for each company and then constantly applying granular methodologies for measuring, monitoring and progressing their rate and direction of growth.

The second step is implementing a companywide, team and individualOperating System (this can be applied consistently across a portfolio as well) that is comprised of three core parts:
1. planning – a cascading set of directionally correct personal and business activities,
2. data – methods for ongoing monitoring and the production of rich data,
3. progress – data-driven refinement designed to keep people, teams, companies and portfolios directionally correct to their overall goals.

Our data points show that such a complex system approach greatly enhances and significantly increases collective capability for achieving high levels of growth.

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Exponential Growth & Leadership #5: Are You Chasing Your Impossible?

The seeker is he who is in search of himself

 

In business, as in daily life, there are always goals that seem impossible to achieve. However, when you do finally achieve them you realise that what had seemed impossible only a moment ago is actually possible and, in hindsight, you wonder why you were so anxious about achieving those goals.

It is all a matter of perspective.

Take the word ‘impossible’ – the addition of one tiny apostrophe and it transforms into “i’m possible”.

How are you tackling your impossibles?

I’d like to share with you my recent interview with Anthony Kirby on his Chase Your Impossible podcast. You can listen to the entire 53 minute show on iTunes or Overcast. I’ve also included a direct link to the recording on Libsyn.

The reason I accepted going on the show was that I agree with its mantra:

Live a life of purpose – on purpose’ – this relates to every single person chasing that one thing that keeps them awake at night – and that one thing which everyone has told them is out of reach. It could be a world changing business concept or a management position. It is exactly what it is for each individual and the ethos does not change regardless of monetary outcomes or global outcomes.

The show is all about showing people that whatever that ‘impossible’ looks like for them – it can be achieved.

You can listen to the show to get my backstory. However, I felt it would be useful to highlight some of the nuggets I focused on.

My overall message, which is very much linked to my personal journey, is thatlife can take an unexpected turn at any point, so seize the moment.

My mantra in the 90’s, which I believe still applies today – especially with respect to viral activities – is that the Internet giveth, the Internet taketh away and can do both at lightning fast pace.

Insights from my venture capital experience:
*Entrepreneurs are by nature intensely curious and as a result there is a tension between you being totally focused and wanting to satisfy your curiosities.

* Choose your co-founders carefully and your investors even more carefully. Less is usually more in both respects.

* You may have many advisers, but should only have one voice of reason against whom you parse the competing and conflicting sets of advice you receive. I recommend a coach for this voice of reason role.

* Don’t spend ages on a business plan, rather, find ways to demonstrate traction.

As business builders, we should focus on the big things, that make a difference, rather than on small technology plays. Apps may currently be all the rage, but do we really need another social X, Y or Z when there are so many challenges in areas like health for example.

You can be global from anywhere. Your issues are global issues. Your opportunities are global opportunities.

On life:
Remember to listen to your inner voice. Find your soul work. Don’t do a startup or activity simply for starting up’s sake or to keep busy – make meaning.

Society builds constructs and constraints around you. Break them down. Ignore them. Pave your own path.

There are some things you can control, many you cannot. Rather than fighting against them, go with the universal flow. Accept the path that appears in front of you and enjoy the moment.

So much of what guides us on our quests is internal, it is already within us, we just need to learn how to listen to it. Think of the squirrel that is born in summer. It has never experienced winter, but innately knows to store nuts for the coming winter.

To me chasing your impossible is not necessarily an external activity. We need to allow our impossible to emerge from within ourselves. It does not require travel to the far ends of the earth, nor does it require busy work.

Remember also that success is what you do, it is not a place you’re trying to get to. Find your reason for being, your ikigai, and you will find yourself.

Anthony asked me two questions which were really poignant:

* If everything was taken away tomorrow – what would you do?
Start again. The liberation that comes with starting afresh with no boundaries, no constraints is amazing. I highly recommend that everyone try this at least once in their life.

* If you couldn’t do what you doing now what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t coaching I’d write full time. But I really enjoy working with incredible people – they buoy me, I draw energy from them and would find another way to work with them.

My final advice came from a friend who recently lost his young son. His words are both powerful and moving:

All experiences change you;
Every day we fall asleep different than when we awoke.
Sometimes the differences are too small to honor and we let them go unnoticed.
Sometimes the differences are great and we tag them “life changing” and set out consciously to live under them as a banner worthy of our souls.
Losing my son definitely falls under the latter kind.
every encounter with everyone we meet, whether a stranger or an old friend, is a chance to leave that person all the better for it.
In that way, by losing my son, I am made a better person by having known him in the first place. Not because he has been lost to us, but because he was present.
When he was alive, he made our burdens somehow seem lighter.
when you leave someone leave them better than you found them.
Time marches on.
Growth happens.
Change is a constant, human condition.

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At EXOscalr we work with our clients to burst the constraints of their potential and make a difference. We have created algorithms and an operating system to help leaders navigate their exponential growth. We also draw on decades of experience in venture capital, corporate innovation, building high growth organizations and advising the Fortune 1000 on transformation.

As a coach and leadership adviser I constantly focus on the trends in achieving exponential growth and how you can make more difference.

I read all my email at rand@exoscalr.com and I’m also at +1-650-529-4181 and +1-646-480-0205. Feel free to reach out.

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SuperCEO: How to exponentially grow your leadership capabilities in 10 weeks

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What would it be worth to you to 10x your leadership capabilities? What if you could that in 10 weeks?

We’ve taken the best parts of our decades of experience as coaches, advisers, venture capitalists and being leaders and distilled these down in ‘super powers’ – discrete, high intensity nuggets filled with insights and skills you can use immediately to exponentially grow as a leader. Get access to this knowledge and discuss it with peers in workshops AND participate in one on one coaching sessions designed to challenge your thinking, behaviors and world models. All sessions take place via Skype so there is no excuse. Commit to yourself, your partners and your people – it’s time to get powered up for success!

You can find out more via the SuperCEO landing page, where you can also sign up.

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Chase Your Impossible: An Interview with Rand Leeb-du Toit

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Here is my recent podcast interview with Anthony Kirby on his show, Chase Your Impossible.

We discuss near death experiences, venture capital, Silicon Valley, corporate life, listening to your soul voice and a whole lot more.

As Anthony says, “It’s a jam packed 1hr of content filled with nuggets of gold. Listen to the words to live by at the end of the show – they’ll move your soul.”

 

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Exponential Growth & Leadership #4: Let’s Achieve Success Together in 2016

Life

2015 was a fantastic year in many ways. I broke away from being part of a big machine where I was an important cog, but a cog nonetheless. And with your support I laser-focused on where I believe I can add most value to society.

But make no mistake, there were moments of self-doubt, flickers of fear that I had taken on too much, too soon after my sudden-death experience. Again, with your help, particularly through my current clients who infuse me with huge jolts of energy, I looked at my negative thoughts and saw them for what they are – something undesirable, something I didn’t want. I was able to self correct and, steering clear of failure, gather my energy and guide myself onto continued success.

I mention this because if I, who coaches others, can have negative feelings that require not insignificant amounts of positive thinking to overcome, then how much more prevalent is such fear out there among CEOs and leaders who are exposing themselves and putting their necks on the line daily?

My main message to you is that you’re not alone – we all experience such negative thoughts. It is how you deal with them that sets you apart. I’ve got three mantras that help guide me in this respect and I want to share them with you:

1. Success is what you do, not a place you are trying to get to

Success is not a place, it’s not a noun. It’s a journey that you actively engage in, it’s a verb. Success is also subjective – your definition of what brings you joy defines what success is for you. If you allow yourself to be too influenced by others you will find that what you took to be success will be hollow, it won’t resonate with you and you will be unfulfilled.

2. Find your reason for being and you’ll find yourself

The Japanese talk about finding your ikigai, which translates to ‘reason for being’. When you find it and set yourself goals to strive for based on your ikigaithen you experience true joy. You will more readily enter the flow zone, you’ll find yourself experiencing the small things in life with more gusto – food will taste better, the air will be fresher, you’ll hear the birds. When you are in this state your unconscious will more readily take over the task of achieving goals that you set for yourself and things will feel like they are magically falling into place.

3. Embrace failure: don’t let your greatest mistake be making none

Failure is all around us. Accept it, learn from it and move forward. If you aren’t failing then you aren’t pushing yourself enough. This doesn’t mean betting the business at random, nor does it mean playing with the lives of your staff as if they are inconsequential. On the contrary, it means caring so deeply about your business and your people that you want only the best for them. The best inherently comes with more risk, the need for greater experimentation and following a path less trodden. If you’ve taken a considered action with this mindset, and that leads to failure, then embrace it, celebrate it, and push forward.

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With 2016 upon us I want you to see this as your year. Seize it with gusto and make the most of it.

My quest, at EXOscalr, is to positively impact the lives of 2 billion people and generate $1 trillion in value, for and through our clients. To achieve this goal I need to keep pushing both myself and the people I’m working with.

And so let me ask you,

How can I help you more?”

“In what areas of leadership, of achieving success, do you most need a trusted advisor in your personal camp in 2016?

Reach out and let me know. I’m here to serve you!

Join me on my quest, or dive in deeper – let’s make magic happen!

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At EXOscalr we work with our clients to burst the constraints of their potential and make a difference. We have created algorithms and an operating system to help leaders navigate their exponential growth. We also draw on decades of experience in venture capital, corporate innovation, building high growth organizations and advising the Fortune 1000 on transformation.

As a coach and leadership adviser I constantly focus on the trends in achieving exponential growth and how you can make more difference.

I read all my email at rand@exoscalr.com and I’m also at +1-650-529-4181, +1-646-480-0205 and +61-417-655-947.

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