Virtually everyone is facing formidable challenges; many find themselves in a crisis. History has clearly shown that doing little or nothing and hoping to ride out the storm can be disastrous. It is also likely that real opportunities exist; in order to grasp these, courageous choices and proactive strategies need to be implemented. The first step in this process is to make the choices and ensure that everyone fully understands their role in the rapid and efficient execution of the strategy.

Ian Thomas - African Lions

It is widely accepted that the best way to cement such principles in people’s minds is via the skillful telling of relevant stories; Ian has a proven track record in this regard. Book Ian through Conference Speakers

While working as a guide at Londolozi, a game lodge inSouth Africa, Ian and his tracker Phineas faced a life threatening situation when they were tasked with tracking an extremely aggressive lion on a daily basis. Initially they were in crisis mode, but then made some crucial decisions that were rapidly implemented. This changed everything and Ian, Phineas, and the lodge went from strength to strength. Ian Thomas – African Lions also has a business degree and believes that within this story are many powerful lessons that businesses caught in the current financial crisis could learn and thrive on. This has resulted in a presentation that is content driven, but also contains humour, stunning photographs, threatening growls, and a story telling style that is so physical that he is forced to warm up before he starts.

Some of the principles that are highlighted in this presentation:

  • Make the difficult choices, doing nothing is dangerous.
  • The goal must be crystal clear and the method of achieving it completely understood.
  • You need people who are exceptional at what they do; everyone involved must be highly skilled, involved, and motivated: no passengers: no pretenders.
  • Vastly improved results must be rapidly achieved with the same or less costs: work smarter, work harder.
  • New sources of competitive advantage must be actively sought.

The presentation will illustrate that a crisis can be a powerful motivator and has the potential to lift the performance of both the individual and the business.

THE POWER OF THE PRIDE

Team work

Ian Thomas presents a riveting and informative account of how lions, the only cats that hunt in teams, can be compared with how businesses operate as teams.

Lions form teams in order to hunt the vast herds of antelope that evolved ontoAfrica’s savannahs.  The strategy of using teams to ambush these herds was extremely successful.

Individual lions and lionesses benefited from this association and the prides became extremely powerful.  The presentation is based around this point – that the success of the team is because of the individual and the success of the individual is because of the team.

THE SPOOR OF SUCCESS

The financial downturn is hitting virtually everyone in one way or another; many find themselves in a crisis. History has clearly shown that doing little or nothing and hoping to ride out the storm can be disastrous. It is also likely that real opportunities exist; in order to grasp these, courageous choices and proactive strategies need to be implemented. The first step in this process is to make the choices and ensure that everyone fully understands their role in the rapid and efficient execution of the strategy.

It is widely accepted that the best way to cement such principles in people’s minds is via the skillful telling of relevant stories; Ian Thomas – African Lions has a proven track record in this regard.

Some of the principles that are highlighted in this presentation:

  • Make the difficult choices, doing nothing is dangerous.
  • The goal must be crystal clear and the method of achieving it completely understood.
  • You need people who are exceptional at what they do; everyone involved must be highly skilled, involved, and motivated: no passengers: no pretenders.
  • Vastly improved results must be rapidly achieved with the same or less costs: work smarter, work harder.

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