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The Ego Has Landed… And gone for a long lunch…
What is ego? <ul><li>• Latin meaning; ‘self’ or ‘I’ </li></ul><ul><li>• One of three major parts of the personality </li><...
Why its important? <ul><li>• Management to leadership changes </li></ul><ul><li>• Emergence of the narcissistic society </...
“ General, I’m ending the Cold War and you’re going to have to find yourself a new enemy.” Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to  G...
“ For the past 28 years everything the American people and I worked so hard to gain no longer matters in an instant.” Gene...
Greatest asset or most expensive liability?
Costs of ego <ul><li>• 53% of business people estimate 6 - 15%  of annual revenue </li></ul><ul><li>• 21% say it ranges fr...
Somewhere along the line… <ul><li>• We decided that we must get rid of it </li></ul><ul><li>• We are what we do </li></ul>...
Its not over indulgent egos  or tiny egos, its big hearts that inspire the greatness in people at work!
Warning signs of a bad ego <ul><li>• Too much comparing and  competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>• Defensiveness </li></ul><...
Other signs <ul><li>• People thinking me first, company second </li></ul><ul><li>• Bad decision making </li></ul><ul><li>•...
Continuums…. Bad Positive Arrogant to Self confident Insensitive to Heartfelt Hard of hearing to Listener Inflexible to Fl...
Taming the ego <ul><li>• Become an observer </li></ul><ul><li>• Show our ‘voonerables!’ </li></ul><ul><li>• Accept constru...
Impacts in the future <ul><li>• Locking the ego into a fixed position stifles change and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>• No...
Developing a balanced ego <ul><li>• Humility </li></ul><ul><li>• Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>• Veracity </li></ul>
Steve Jobs  : Apple
Mark Zuckerburg  : Facebook
Tony Hayward  : BP
Bill Gates  : Microsoft
Final points <ul><li>• Realise our size in proportion to the universe </li></ul><ul><li>• Realise we are only who we are b...
A good old dose of humility!
Questions…
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  1. The Ego Has Landed… And gone for a long lunch…
  2. What is ego? <ul><li>• Latin meaning; ‘self’ or ‘I’ </li></ul><ul><li>• One of three major parts of the personality </li></ul><ul><li>• Operates on the principle to get the demands of our ‘id’ met </li></ul><ul><li>• Our ego develops between 2 - 3 years old </li></ul><ul><li>• Inflated feeling of pride & superiority </li></ul><ul><li>• Formed by past experiences of reality </li></ul>
  3. Why its important? <ul><li>• Management to leadership changes </li></ul><ul><li>• Emergence of the narcissistic society </li></ul><ul><li>• Sense of entitlement </li></ul><ul><li>• The power of self expression </li></ul><ul><li>• Expectations are changing </li></ul><ul><li>• Emergence of art in business </li></ul>
  4. “ General, I’m ending the Cold War and you’re going to have to find yourself a new enemy.” Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to General Colin Powell
  5. “ For the past 28 years everything the American people and I worked so hard to gain no longer matters in an instant.” General Colin Powell
  6. Greatest asset or most expensive liability?
  7. Costs of ego <ul><li>• 53% of business people estimate 6 - 15% of annual revenue </li></ul><ul><li>• 21% say it ranges from 16 - 20% </li></ul><ul><li>• Translates to $1.1 billion to the average Fortune 500 </li></ul><ul><li>Jerry Pinney </li></ul>
  8. Somewhere along the line… <ul><li>• We decided that we must get rid of it </li></ul><ul><li>• We are what we do </li></ul><ul><li>• Essentially part of our personality </li></ul><ul><li>• One side aggressive, the other too meek & mild </li></ul><ul><li>• Ego is a necessary part of leadership </li></ul><ul><li>• Ego protection or ego glorification </li></ul>
  9. Its not over indulgent egos or tiny egos, its big hearts that inspire the greatness in people at work!
  10. Warning signs of a bad ego <ul><li>• Too much comparing and competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>• Defensiveness </li></ul><ul><li>• Showing off </li></ul><ul><li>• Trying too hard </li></ul><ul><li>Marcum & Smith </li></ul>
  11. Other signs <ul><li>• People thinking me first, company second </li></ul><ul><li>• Bad decision making </li></ul><ul><li>• Taking it personally when someone disagrees </li></ul><ul><li>• Compulsively following a competitors lead </li></ul><ul><li>• Comparing external environments to your own </li></ul><ul><li>• Disagreeing with an idea because its not yours </li></ul>
  12. Continuums…. Bad Positive Arrogant to Self confident Insensitive to Heartfelt Hard of hearing to Listener Inflexible to Flexible Hard to Emotional Knows it all to Betterment Status quo to Re shaping Big ego to Natural ambition Illusion to Reality
  13. Taming the ego <ul><li>• Become an observer </li></ul><ul><li>• Show our ‘voonerables!’ </li></ul><ul><li>• Accept constructive criticism </li></ul><ul><li>• Let go - control to influence </li></ul><ul><li>• Share </li></ul><ul><li>• Participate </li></ul><ul><li>• Broaden horizons </li></ul>
  14. Impacts in the future <ul><li>• Locking the ego into a fixed position stifles change and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>• No man is an island anymore </li></ul><ul><li>• Over imagined egos will not be tolerated in society anymore </li></ul><ul><li>• Power has shifted </li></ul>
  15. Developing a balanced ego <ul><li>• Humility </li></ul><ul><li>• Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>• Veracity </li></ul>
  16. Steve Jobs : Apple
  17. Mark Zuckerburg : Facebook
  18. Tony Hayward : BP
  19. Bill Gates : Microsoft
  20. Final points <ul><li>• Realise our size in proportion to the universe </li></ul><ul><li>• Realise we are only who we are because of others </li></ul><ul><li>• Everyone is equally important </li></ul><ul><li>• Realise the inherent impermanence in all things </li></ul><ul><li>• The importance of humour </li></ul>
  21. A good old dose of humility!
  22. Questions…

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