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 #4: Let’s Achieve Success Together in 2016

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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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If Not Now, When? 2016 Is Yours For The Taking

IF NOT NOW, WHEN-

THIS YEAR IS YOURS!

2016 is upon you.

It’s staring you square in the eyes. It’s reaching beyond your walls, peering through your barriers and delving into your dark places – full of fears and secrets.

2016 is screaming. It’s calling to your soul. “If not now, when?”
It’s ripping your ‘what if’s” out of your mouth and replacing them with “right now’s”.

2016 is shaking the life out of the “maybe’s” that made you stuck. It’s breaking through your inactions and freeing your passion.

2016 is giving you the ability to be the leader you were born to be.

2016 is here, knocking on your door.

Hear the call!

2016 is yours for the taking.

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Join us at the SuperCEO Leadership Accelerator in February 2016 and grow your super powers as a leader. Make 2016 your year.

Expressions of interest can be emailed to rand at exoscalr dot com including 100 words on yourself, your leadership position and what you want to achieve in 2016.

Act now. Places are limited.

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SuperCEO: Can you identify what it takes to win in business

SuperCEO

With the launch of SuperCEO: The Leadership Accelerator I often get asked, “What’s it take to be a SuperCEO?”

Against the backdrop of a very successful IPO, I wanted to point to Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder and joint CEO of Atlassian, as typifying some of the attributes of a SuperCEO.

He gave a talk at one of my events in 2008 and even then it was abundantly clear he was on a trajectory to achieving great things. He has a huge hustle muscle and took his own path rather than followed the herd.

In 2008, Atlassian was 6.5 years old. They had 12,500 enterprise customers in 105 countries and did about $35.5m in sales in 2007 and were aiming to hit $60m in 2008. In total they had 200 staff spread between Sydney, San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur and Poland.

Here are a few of the reasons for singling Mike out as having super powers, based on what he said in 2008:

– They didn’t know what product they were going to sell when they started the company. They had in mind the type of business they wanted to run, they knew the sector (sell enterprise software) and they knew a little bit about how they wanted to sell, but they didn’t have any idea what software they were going to sell. They started with about 3 or 4 different unique prototypes that they built. One of these took off a little more than the others, so they focused on that and it became their leading product – Jira, which had 9,500 of their 12,500 customers.

– They knew they wanted to build an enterprise software company, but as encapsulated in their mission statement: a different kind of enterprise software company. This is not a contrarian stance, rather they like to evaluate everything they do and not simply follow what other businesses do unless it makes sense.

“A little commonsense goes a long way as an entrepreneur.”

– All of their products have been built because they fundamentally needed them and because they felt there was a large enough market that wasn’t being addressed. They have yet to build or buy anything they don’t actually use as a company.

– Starting a second product was the smartest thing they did as it stopped them being a single product, single feature company. In 2008 they had seven unique brands/products, developed by 12 different software teams – some of the products were sold in different ways.

“Being a single trick pony as a business is very, very dangerous”.

– As an online business they found that the speed with which they were able to respond to customers made a marked difference in their propensity to buy software. Their goal is to be able to respond within four hours to every single query they get from anywhere in the world — this tied into their strategy of opening a key European office as it give them the ability to respond around the clock.

ABOUT SUPERCEO: THE LEADERSHIP ACCELERATOR
SuperCEO is a high intensity program designed to transform CEOs and give them superpowers: insights and skills that empower them to grow exponentially. The program is run over 10 weeks twice a year and places are strictly limited and by application only. There are limited places available for the February 2016 program. Expressions of interest should be sent to rand at exoscalr dot com — 100 words about you, your business and what you want to get out of participating.

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SuperCEO: The Algorithm for True Innovation

True innovation is measured in terms of the failure to win ratio.

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Exponential Growth & Leadership #3: Accelerating SuperCEOs, the Psychology of Innovation and Life Lessons

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My latest newsletter on Exponential Growth and Leadership:

As we move into the festive season, I’d like to wish you the best over this period. I’ve also got three things I’d like to share with you:

– SuperCEO: The Leadership Accelerator
– A piece on Innovation Psychology and Cognitive Business
– A series on Near-Death, Career Choices and Life Lessons

Announcing SuperCEO: No Holds Barred, Extremely Powerful Leadership Acceleration

I’m very excited to let you know that we have created a new program called SuperCEO: The Leadership Accelerator. This 10-week program provides leaders with insights and skills that empower them to exponentially scale themselves and grow their businesses.

The pilot program commences on the 8th February 2016 with a select cohort of CEOs participating in weekly workshops and one on one rocket coaching sessions.

The program covers a range of topics, including:
* Achieving Exponential Growth
* Becoming an Elite Performer
* Creating Contagion
* Shifting from Great to Extraordinarily Great
* Building a Plan, Data, Progress Operating System.

Rocket coaching is a unique methodology consisting of high powered 30 minute sessions designed to enable leaders to punch through on issues, making solid ground in areas they’ve been stuck on.

By the end of the program CEOs will feel like they’ve applied an accelerant to their issues and to achieving their goals as winning business leaders.

SuperCEO will benefit individual CEOs as well as those within a venture firm’s portfolio or part of a corporate venturing program as they will develop a common understanding and have access to a shared exponential growth operating system.

The program will run 2 to 3 times a year and as every aspect is conducted over the Internet, CEOs from anywhere in the world can participate. More details can be found on the SuperCEO Facebook Page.

Innovation Psychology and Cognitive Business:

It is fantastic to see the current high level of interest in entrepreneurship and innovation. However, I do harbor concern about its longevity. Without solid ROI much of this activity will eventually fall on fallow ground. The current fervour favours mechanisms and methodologies over nurturing talent, building capability and breaking new ground.

Hackathon junkies abound. Pitch panels prognosticate. CEOs yawn.

Just like us humans have cognitive capabilities, I believe so do organisations. Even more interestingly, organisational cognition is a mirror that reflects the collective cognition of its people. This insight is what my recent piece on Innovation Psychology builds on. It points to the arrival of a new cognitive business era, in which organisations are far more mindful than in previous eras. Tapping into innovation psychology CEOs can ensure their companies continue to forge ahead.

Near-death, Career Choices and Life Lessons

A two-piece series has been published by Thread Publishing profiling my journey over the past few years. Here are some highlights:

How dying redefined my career

At the time of my sudden cardiac death I was defined by my work as part futurist, part serial-entrepreneur, part advisor and part former venture capitalist. What I was doing allowed me to assimilate these different aspects into giving unique, analytical advice.

Coming through this experience I feel extremely grateful to be in the small percentage of people that survived. That gratitude has made me feel I have a responsibility to make more of a difference in the world.

Life lessons of a near-death experience

The experience altered my perception of time completely. I no longer feel the same sense of urgency to be busy and to track ourselves against a linear, progressive timeline.

We should focus less on keeping ourselves on an ego-determined path – or a path set by our peer group, culture or society. That way is fraught with artificial drivers and makes us feel like we have to do certain things to be successful and happy. Those measurements, for me, are no longer important. What’s important is listening to our inner voice, our soul, and focusing on what resonates with us deeply. This is where we find true joy.

My overarching goal is to bring about a stronger sense of empathy. Being more empathetic with others can not only create deeper connections and stronger leaders, it can also act as a forcing function for solving many of the big issues in our world: hunger, poverty, suffering, war.

We are limitless in our capability, but we need to break free from our societal constructs and personal constraints – and truly come alive.

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At EXOscalr we draw energy from our clients by working with them to burst the constraints of their potential and make a difference. We have created algorithms and an operating system to help people understand and navigate their exponential growth and transformation and to keep them directionally correct and moving forward.

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

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