"ANY BUSINESS THAT CAN ATTRACT THE BEST, KEEP THEM THE LONGEST, AND GET THE BEST OUT OF THE REST, IS MOST LIKELY TO STAY A FRONT-RUNNER IN WHATEVER THEIR INDUSTRY!."- PADDY UPTON
Paddy brings over 25-years of experience working with high-performing teams in business and sport, across multiple industries and on five continents.
Imagine you’re a team leader and you overhear one of your team speaking to their friends at a party. They’re saying something like, ‘‘I love the place I work. I can be myself, and feel supported and encouraged to do my best work.” To which the reply is, “no wonder you don’t want to leave. I’m going to try get a gig there too.”
It’s creating this type of environment that fascinates me.
Barely two decades into the knowledge age, many are still grappling with creating genuinely high-performance environments; ones where engaged team members feel valued, safe to show up as themselves and to produce their best work.
A big culprit is being too slow to migrate from industrial age leadership and management practices to those required in current times. Covid, hybrid working environments and the existential ‘what do I really want from work?’ crisis has further exacerbated this challenge.
Here is some of what could contribute towards the above conversation happening in your business.
• Less instructing, more harnessing of the collective intelligence that sits within your team
• Less prescribing of roles, more asking what people are good at and feel inspired to do
• Fewer rules, more open-minded common-sense
• Less authoritarianism, more leading by serving the people who are serving the business
• Less egoic, more self-aware leaders
Finally, my aim with clients (which I offer so you can take some or all of it for yourself), is that when people reach the end of their career and look back, they consider this short time with me as the best experience of their entire career.
I may never achieve this, but I won’t stop seeking innovative ways to ensure they have a fantastic experience.
Paddy wears various hats in the high-performance space, as a leadership coach in business and sport, a head coach in professional cricket, mental coach to elite athletes, speaker, professor and best-selling author.
He helped lead the Indian cricket team to World Cup victory, and both the Indian and the South African cricket teams to the World No. 1 Test ranking.