Do you ever feel stuck? Do you find you can’t keep up with all the changes? Do you know what direction your team is going? Richard Hawkes calls this The Swirl. He tells Kevin this is a common issue in many organizations and causes people to feel lost and keeps leaders up at night. Richard shares insights to move beyond the challenges and create high-performing teams. Organizations evolve at the speed of conversations.

Key Points

  • Richard defines The Swirl. 
  • He shares the 4 stages of enterprise evolution (independent contributors, directive leadership, distributed leadership, leaders leading leaders). 
  • He tells us when we know if our team is high performing. 
  • He also talks about the crucial conversations – the roadmap for your journey.

Meet Richard

  • Name: Richard Hawkes 
  • His Story: Richard Hawkes is the author of Navigate the Swirl: 7 Crucial Conversations for Business Transformation. He founded Growth River in the US in 2007. Today it is an international consultancy with offices and partners in the US and in Germany. Growth River specializes in leading major transformational change initiatives that impact organizational culture and business models at the same time.
  • Worth Mentioning: Richard began his career developing margins trading systems at Morgan Stanley. He subsequently became a senior member of the strategy practice with Kepner-Tregoe International, leaving to become a partner with the Strategy Partners Group LLC. He has worked domestically and internationally with global Fortune 100, mid-sized, and start-up growth companies.

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