Biography and Legacy: A Workshop - LBS Professor Nigel Nicholson

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This workshop adapted themes and methods used in two of the School's programmes: Biography, a multi-session course for the Sloan Fellows, and the Proteus Programme. The former focuses mainly on mid-career transitions; the latter on the legacy of leaders. These themes were woven together in a workshop that invited participants to draw their lifeline and reflect on the forces and factors that have shaped their journey.

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Biography and Legacy: A Workshop - LBS Professor Nigel Nicholson

  1. 1. Biography & Legacy: A Workshop Professor Nigel Nicholson London Business School
  2. 2. Introduction• This workshop adapted themes and methods used in two of the School’s programmes: Biography, a multi- session course for the Sloan Fellows, and the Proteus Programme. The former focuses mainly on mid-career transitions; the latter on the legacy of leaders. These themes were woven together in a workshop that invited participants to draw their lifeline and reflect on the forces and factors that have shaped their life journey.• Take the chance to reflect on choices and changes to come, in conversations with your alumni fellow travellers on the road, and your answer to the question “Who am I and why I am here”.
  3. 3. THE PROTEUS CHALLENGE One World One Life Now What?
  4. 4. Books by Professor Nigel Nicholson
  5. 5. The “I” of Leadership Evolution, Strategy & Self-Management Nigel Nicholson
  6. 6. Life as a Journey of Transitions Stable Changeful Chosen A. B. Sailing Moored in harbour Not C. Ship- D. Chosen wrecked Following the river“Chance favours the prepared mind” Louis Pasteur © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  7. 7. Biography The Crossroads between Destiny and DramaDestiny Deliberation Drama Inner and Outer Choices & Events Forces Awarenes Choices: Moments ofInner: Drivers, flaws, truth, critical themes, attributes, s decisions zemblanity Reflection Events: Acts of the gods,Outer: Significant others, Timing chaos, serendipity, events and pressures Risk hazards & of one’s location in opportunities history and geography © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  8. 8. Jane Austen: novelist, satiristDestiny•Gender•Parenting•Ego strength Drama •Parsonage milieu •Marriage offer •Move to Bath Deliberation •Secret writing •Refusal of marriage •Letters © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  9. 9. Warren Buffet: investor, financial sageDestiny•Numerical gifts•Parenting•The Depression Drama •Columbia professor •Charlie Munger •Salomon role Deliberation •Golf ball business •Business model •Astrid & others © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  10. 10. Duke Ellington: composer,bandleader Destiny •Pampered •Gifted •Sunny Drama •Chosen to lead •Found Billy Strayhorn •Music culture change Deliberation •College dropout •Inclusive strategy •Teambuilding © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  11. 11. Steve Jobs: innovator,entrepreneurDestiny•Adoption•Personality•Silicon Valley Drama •Wozniak •John Scully •India Deliberation •Reed college •Pixar •Design & Ives © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  12. 12. Self-regulation: How we control ourexperience The Executive Ego Willpower, Reflection, Control & Stress The Goal System Deep universal goals; Local & personal goals Perceived interests & needs Perceptions of the Self Perceptions of Reality Self-image, identity & memory:Awareness & beliefs about how Material, Social, Psychological the world works Selves The Action System Routines, habits & beliefs about how to work the world © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  13. 13. Questions for Self-Management What battles for self-control & self-discipline do you face? How have your goals/priorities changed? How are they changing now? How do you expect them to change in the future? How has your view of theworld and the way it works How has your view ofchanged? How is changing yourself changed – physical; now? social and psychological? What new habits, heuristics and ways of acting have you been developing? © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  14. 14. Legacy The It’s a Wonderful Life Question make? What difference did ITasks InstitutionsProjects InitiativesFamily RelationshiFriends ps GroupsArtefacts VirtueCreations Giving © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  15. 15. V-I-P Integration The inspirational challenge Vision IdentityPossible Futures Core Capability Value Unique Proposition ALIGNMENT Attributes Passion Drivers The Story © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  16. 16. The Story of You Your Journey to Now Biography THE STORY WHO AM I AND WHY I AM HERE Legacy Your Promise to the Future © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  17. 17. The Nicholson Dictum“Only the system that knows itself can take control of its own destiny” © Nigel Nicholson, London Business School
  18. 18. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!

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