Barry M GeorgeI spoke with Barry M George.

Barry is a Certified Professional Coach and Advisor to Executives, Entrepreneurs and their Companies.

He’s a thought leader, author and motivational speaker on topics including organizational design, employee engagement, job fit, knowledge flow, cross generational communications, team building, human performance, work/life balance, neural linguistic programming, overcoming fear/doubt and the power of politics in business.

(More about Barry in the section Barry M George Bio, below)

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We discussed:

  • how CEOs see and respond to digital disruption
  • a key to a great coaching relationship
  • Millennials and the new workplace environment
  • indirect influence and why it is important
  • how CEOs can deal with pressure to deliver short term shareholder value

Digital Disruption as Opportunity for Growth

How do CEOs see digital disruption – challenge, threat, or opportunity? And how can coaches help?

“One of the key elements of a great coaching relationship is the ability of the coach and their client to really be open and honest with each other and to create an environment in which the client has the opportunity to look at the world from a different perspective, a fresh awareness from what they do in their daily lives.”

“Digital disruption is oftentimes an excuse by a leader to cover their own inability to think outside of where they are, the way things have been and to look at new processes and look at what their clients are needing now – or what they required last week or last  year.”

It’s a difficult shift for leaders, but a necessary one.

Millennials (Gen Y) and the New Age-Diverse Workforce

The technology industry is filled with Millennials and San Francisco is the “millennial capital of the world”.

The first time in history we have had five generations in the one workplace.

Previous generations, on reaching a mature 35-40, have had more similarities with the generation preceding them than differences. Millennials are the first generation that are so different from previous generations, in so many ways.

Millennial generation “thinks from its heart not its wallet”. Considering their parents’ experience – the 9/11 attacks, the 2008 global financial collapse – “they’ve seen that hard work, with a focus on money, gets you nothing”.

They admire philanthropists, want to work for companies that give back.

“They are collaborators and transparent.”

Indirect Influence

The new collaborative workplace environment is based on the need for indirect influence.

Indirect influence is where you as the leader let me share my knowledge with you, not just sharing your knowledge with me. It’s where leaders respect the values of their team and are interested in their unique thoughts and feelings.

What Keeps Business Leaders Awake at Night?

The waste of time and lack of productivity in their business from the 18% of time research shows employees spend trying to figure out what their managers want them to do.

(And listen for the first humorous but telling answer to the question – priceless!)

CEOs under Pressure for Shareholder Value, with Risk to Long Term Goals

No simple answer.

Have to demonstrate both operational excellence and commitment to long term goals.

Hold people accountable and develop a coaching culture in the company, that demonstrates an understanding that the company’s people are valued assets.

Millennials need to be shown how their efforts plug into the creation of long term value for the company, not just short term profitability.

Barry M George Bio

Barry M George Is a Certified Professional Coach and Advisor to Executives, Entrepreneurs and their Companies. Barry is a thought leader, author and motivational speaker on topics including organizational design, employee engagement, job fit, knowledge flow, cross generational communications, team building, human performance, work/life balance, neural linguistic programming, overcoming fear/doubt and the power of politics in business.

Barry graduated in 2013 with honors from the University of Texas earning a Master’s in Organizational Behavior. That same year Barry became a certified coach passing all requirements of both the International Coach Federation and the Association of Coaches. Finally, in 2014 he earned analyst credentials from TTI Success Insights for their full range of personality assessment instruments.

Previously, Barry spent 30 years as a senior executive for technology companies from the US, Taiwan and Germany including start-ups, acquisitions, IPOs and Global 100 companies starting with his own multimillion dollar company as Founder and CEO at 26.

Dedicated to moving the coaching industry into the 21st Century, Barry designed the first comprehensive development portal for coaches and their clients. The www.SocraticCoach.com platform empowers coaches, accelerates growth of start-ups and supports global corporate standards with localize delivery in 90 languages in 140 countries.

As Founder/CEO of Impact Coaching+Advising Barry has built a global network of certified professional coaches utilizing the Socratic Coach platform. From global corporations to entrepreneurs and individuals who want to invest in a highly desirable future. The combination of innovative technology and highly trained coaches provoke and partner with clients for maximum performance, balance and authentic happiness.

Links

Barry George on LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/barrymgeorge

Barry’s company Impact Ventures: http://impactventures.com – and see Contact tab

Book mentioned by Barry: You Raised Us – Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams Laureen Rikleen

Book mentioned by Des: Lethal Generosity: Contextual Technology and the Competitive Edge – Shel Israel

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