I work exclusively with purpose-driven leaders
who want to achieve better business results at less personal cost.
Purpose-driven leaders are salt of the earth people who put the delivery of value to other people (employees, customers, all stakeholders) ahead of profits.
You understand profit is not a reason for being in business, rather a result of being good at business. Paradoxically of course you make more money!
As all elite sports people do you engage mentors or coaches to help you to be a virtuoso at fully appreciating and getting the best out of yourself and other people. You know this means more people leading and being accountable. You fully appreciate that although you do the work, you cannot do it alone.
You get that perpetually working on yourself and on your business are prerequisites for innovation, thriving on the challenges of change, and for increasing/sustaining positive momentum.
You understand that you’re actually in the differencemaking business. Your product/s and/or service/s are important, what really matters though is the difference they make in the lives of other people.
You’re committed to building and growing a 21st century enterprise where employees feel valued, live values, and deliver value that other people demand, desire, and feel that they deserve.
The world is full of powerful strategies to improve the bottom line and get better business results, but some of them come at a cost in terms of our well-being, relationships and personal life in general.
Some people think that’s a price worth paying and others don’t.
My work with you is all about helping you to identify and implement proven principles in your own best way that mean you're achieving your best business results without sacrificing anything that’s precious in your personal life.
Hi, I'm Ian Berry.
What I know for certain from my 25 years of working with more than 1000 leaders, women and men, in over 40 countries, is that accelerate how you appreciate and get the best out of yourself and other people, and accountability accelerates too.
This unique combination of appreciation and accountability acceleration is the simplest path that I know of to better business results at less personal cost.
From 1974 - 1991 I enjoyed a highly successful corporate finance career, holding Branch, State, and Regional leader roles. In gratitude to my employees I accepted numerous awards for my leadership, development of people, and results.
At the end of my corporate career I was leading a 100million AUD business unit with responsibility for over 300 employees.
When I left the corporate world to start my own mentoring, speaking and leadership development practice, I thought people would want to know about my pathway to success, particularly as I started at the very bottom of the ladder.
I discovered that my way was unlikely to work for you as well as it did for me.
I also discovered that I was competing with a myriad of people teaching their way to success. Their way wasn’t working for you as well as it did for them either.
I learned a different way to what the many offer - Work with you and help you in your own best way, to apply proven principles. My signature has become "what I say is important, yet nowhere near as important as what you hear yourself say to yourself, and then do your own unique work.
The appreciation principle, in the context of reaching and sustaining shared-view in seven areas of significance, are often the starting place when I work with you.
"The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated" - William James
When fully appreciating and getting the best out of yourself and other people is at the heart of what you do, more people will be leading and being accountable. Better business results at less personal cost is a consequence.
Most of our troubles, personal, local, organisational, national, and international, are fundamentally based in our perceived need to hang onto the world in here (my view), our issues with the world out there (other people's views), and, our failure to focus more on the world we share (ours).The exciting news is that when we find and sustain shared-view (ours) we can triumph over all our troubles.
Below is a snapshot of some of the great organisations whose leaders I've helped to thrive since 1991:
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Ian is a very wise man and his book “Changing What’s Normal” is a great summary of his wisdom. Need some inspiration? It is the book you should refer to.
At the start of 2015 it became clear on the road ahead for my business we were facing some serious challenges.
We had just purchased the Budget franchise and were experiencing inconsistent business results, some big rental agency changes, and some poor staff attitudes had crept in.
I had heard Ian speak at a function in 2014 and I had been impressed with the message of his talk that day.
Ian has worked as a mentor to me for the last 14 months. He's also run sessions and worked 1:1 with my staff.
We've made several small shifts in how we conduct our business that have made a significant difference with my key people, how we work, and to our results.
We initially hired Ian to conduct our Directors Strategic Retreat. Over those 2 days we decided to engage Ian to help us create the culture we desired. We soon appointed him Non-Executive Chairman, a role Ian fulfilled with great skill and commitment.
Without doubt, I would be selling Ian's capabilities short if I tried to summarise his life's work.... so I won't, other than to say what he has done for the Taylor family.
To put that simply, we have used Ian on several occasions over the past decade as a business and life coach, and he has helped us through taking his theoretical research and developing it into practical solutions relevant to our situation.
Ian sat on our board for a number of years and as an avid blogger and publisher, regularly shares his collective wisdom from decades of business experiences. This alone has been helpful and thought provoking.
I wanted to write to say thank you again, for such an inspiring lecture you gave to the TEC 19 group, up in the Blue Mountains over a week ago. You have had a significant impact on my thinking for the future and life in general. I know I will have contact with you again.
Ian Berry spoke at my Academy for Chief Executives Group. He was a very popular speaker with my members, with average marks of 8.8. Ian’s authenticity and ‘no-holds-barred’ approach to leadership was refreshing, inspirational, motivational and had great take away value. As I say, he ‘calls a spade a shovel’, and I highly recommend him to any CEO or Managing Director who wants to positively impact performance within their organisation
Ian is an industry leader, and an expert with incredible insight into what you need to do to enhance peoples' inherent gifts and bring out the very best performance of your leaders and employees.
WaiveStar Group asked Ian to consult to our business over 6 months ago and his wisdom and mentoring skills have changed and enhanced the way each and every one of us interact with our team members, our peers and our clients. Lifting the bar every day on how we do business.
Ian is a great synthesiser. He works with brilliant people to deliver high end solutions. I strongly recommend him to you.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ian for close to two years in one-on-one and group settings. Ian’s unconventional in his approach (refreshing!) but works to a brilliantly simple yet powerful philosophy that centres around our experiences as human beings (shocking I know!!). He’s a purpose and values-driven mentor and team builder who I’d recommend to anyone.
We have had some great presentations at our breakfasts, and your presentation was one of the very best ever.
I participated in an engaging and entertaining seminar presented by Ian and was inspired to go further. Now that I have undertaken and benefited from Ian’s intensive mentoring program, his teachings have become integral to the success of my personal and business life.
In the first instance we’ll meet in person or online and review where you are and where you'd love to be.
Should we agree that I can help you, and that we’re a fit for one another, we’ll pinpoint a proven principle that you can immediately apply in your own best way that will get you moving towards your new place of being.
We may agree on formal arrangements in which case I'll guarantee a minimum 10 times return on your investment.
Important: Regardless of what long term outcomes will be the results of working together, you're only ever committing to one piece of work at a time, whether that is an hour, a day, a month.
For now let's just have an off-the-record, no obligation chat shall we?
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