011: The Seven Superpowers

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Tom Ferguson is the  Vice President of Programming for Imagine H2O, charged with developing the accelerator model as well as building out the policy and leadership capabilities as they scale. Tom comes to Imagine H2O from strategy roles at Project Frog (a San Francisco green buildings company) and Tamar Energy (an AD network developed in London). Prior to business school, he spent three and a half years with ERM, the sustainability consultancy, where he was an engagement manager. Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in Politics from Edinburgh University.

You can check out our first interview with Tom on Episode 001. We were so excited to bring him back on to give us an unabridged version of his Catalyst presentation on the Seven Superpowers any organization can master to increase performance and productivity. There are a ton of nuggets and takeaways to be had. We suggest listening to this one with a notepad in hand. 

Takeaways:

  1. When we get caught up too closely in our own work, we lose sight of the general, the simple, the basic principles that are the nonnegotiables to success. We need to learn to stop and take the time to really focus on the fundamentals.
  2. Focus! It’s so simple but so often overlooked. Everyone has an “elephant” to eat. You have to master focus in order to tackle it one bite at a time.
  3. Knowledge compounds. Imagine the potential for your organization if you made learning a priority and encouraged ongoing learning. Imagine if every person in your organization became 15% more knowledgeable because of it and that 15% compounded each year across every employee.

Resources:

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Books

Big Mistakes by Michael Batnick

The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder


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1 Comment

  1. Paul Crocker on 07/17/2018 at 8:59 PM

    GREAT PODCAST! MORE MORE MORE!!!!!!!

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