At Maximus, our business aligned to a set of tightly held truths. One of those truths is what we call being “all in”. To us, being all in is about being purposeful, immersed and great at delivering on promises.
We exist to move minds, transform businesses and leave a legacy that we are immensely proud of. To do this, we have to be immersed in our clients world, bringing valuable leadership perspectives to the things that will make a big difference in their organisations. Whatever the solution, we have to work with our clients to build conviction around the path forward.
In my experience, many people say that they’re all in but only few are really willing to back themselves and give everything they have. There are many reasons for this, including fear of failure, lack of focus and poor judgment, among others. The difference between being all in and saying you’re all in usually comes down to two things: your conviction and actions.
WHAT IT MEANS TO GO ALL IN
If you have strong conviction around where you’re going, you bring a different level of focus and energy to the journey. At some point, every person is tested by challenges and roadblocks. I always pay attention to how people face these tests. Do they follow through on commitments and stay the course? Do they lose perspective and get lost in the noise? I look for this strength of commitment as a signal of the character people have.
Creating an all in company-wide mentality starts with selecting the top team to role model what that actually looks like. Three things we look for when hiring people at Maximus are ambition, strong judgment and conscientiousness. These are three attributes that can’t really be developed and that have a profound impact on performance in any environment.
ENAGAGING PEOPLE’S HEARTS AND MINDS
Hiring the right people into your team is only the beginning. The real job starts as you engage their hearts and minds into your culture. By no means have we got this to a perfect science. It’s an evolving effort. One of the strategies we are working on at Maximus is around building heightened levels of authenticity into our team. That is, encouraging our people to focus on their purpose and bring their authentic selves to work each day.
We believe that bringing real passion and one’s whole self into the workplace builds better conviction, trust and respect between employees and managers. It fosters a humanistic nature between manager and employee, which leads to symmetrical relationships and better organisational commitment from both sides. This helps develop that all in mentality.
Do you know your people well enough to know if you’re getting their all?
June 2020– Livestream
Adopting Multi-Horizon Leadership to Unlock the Opportunity
Concluding part 3 of our ‘Shaping our future post COVID-19’ series, we review the three leadership approaches that are currently playing out in market; protecting, progressing, or stuck in the in-between. Acknowledging the scale of disruption to strategic plans and horizons, Maximus Directors are joined by Founder and former Director of Flight Centre’s UK operation Mandy Johnson, and now author of two acclaimed books, Winning the War for Talent and Family Village Tribe – The Evolution of Flight Centre where they talk to the potency of developing and exercising foresight in the coming periods, and the criticality of a strong North Star to navigate.
5 Ways To Be an Inclusive Leader and Build an Inclusive Culture
To perform at their best, employees need to feel they belong. The concept of diversity and inclusion (D&I) has been around since the 60s and it’s excellent to see how it has matured. Some organisations are extending diversity beyond gender and culture into ways of thinking, risk profiles and leadership styles.
April 2021– Melbourne Event
Leading Transformation | The New Fundamentals | Melbourne Event
From understanding iterative strategy, flexible IT architectures, rapid funding mechanisms, and carefully curated ecosystems of partners, we share lessons learned from working with executives and leaders at the edge. Maximus Directors are joined by special guest speakers Maria Digregorio, CFO, The Salvation Army, and Ayala Domani, GM Future Business, AGL, both of whom have significant experience leading successful transformations including technology, commercial and culture-based transformation agendas, and Dan Monheit, Co-Founder of Hardhat and Australia’s leading thinker on Behavioural Science, brand transformation and consumer behaviour.