180: Greg Young: I needed to reframe what I considered to be successful

//180: Greg Young: I needed to reframe what I considered to be successful

180: Greg Young: I needed to reframe what I considered to be successful

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Greg Young needed to make changes quickly and radically to prevent losing market share. But he was ending each day with beating himself up because he was not completing his to-do list and it was getting longer each day. That’s when he realized that he needed to reframe his day.

Greg was born and raised in Bristol, England. He met his future wife when they were both 15. Unusually, they were born on the same day, same year and have been together for 42 years. Greg’s father was the local county Fire Chief and mother worked in a school. Greg’s mother died from breast cancer when he was in his early 20s, a disease that has claimed many of the female relatives in his life. His only sister has survived cancer and inherited his mother’s matriarchal gene!

Genetics played an important part in Greg’s life and inspired him to study biochemistry, which led to his first career in clinical research in the Pharma industry with Glaxo, now GSK. Moving up, meant moving around, he spent time with Schering AG in Berlin, then with Schering Plough Corp, now Merck.  After that he was courted by a small Pharma company Amylin Pharma headquartered in San Diego.

His second career was a move into telecoms with his first CEO role.  In that role he quintupled the size of the company in four years seeing the company change from being a traditional phone company to succeeding in the converged world where voice and data flow along the same wires. This was a big cultural change for the company moving from carrying a toolkit of screwdrivers and wire clippers to reprogramming faulty systems from the office helpdesk. It was here he learned key leadership skills are transferable, and as a CEO, you should measure your day not by what you do, but by what you cause to happen, and you do that by asking the right questions, not telling people what to do. Finally, if you’re going to make radical changes you need to get people to set aside their ego’s!

As it was his first CEO role, he felt it was important to have a coach and mentor, someone outside the system that he could confide in, and who understood that he didn’t know all the answers. The professional relationship was a good one because in 2004 together with a third person he founded LeaderShape Global, a leadership development organization.

Through his work at LeaderShape Global and co-authoring the book titled Leading Beyond the Ego: How to Become a Transpersonal Leader, he has a grand vision to shape the best leaders for the future who will lead beyond the ego (be a transpersonal leader) and leave the world in better place than they found it.

Greg currently lives in Oxford, UK with his wife Grainne and his daughters Emi and Ailis.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“If organizations are going to cope well and be agile, there’s no way that they’re not going to need to be radical.” -Greg Young Click to Tweet  

“As a leader you need to be radical in your thinking.” -Greg Young Click to Tweet  

“You can be as radical as you like, the challenge is bringing people with you.” -Greg Young Click to Tweet    

“If we think about leaders today, they need to be radical, ethical and authentic.” -Greg Young Click to Tweet    

“If you can be a robust, emotional aware leader, you’re going to have followers.” -Greg Young Click to Tweet    

“There’s three things a leader does – generate followers, bring them to a place they wouldn’t ordinarily go and inspire new leaders.” -Greg Young Click to Tweet   

“Those companies that act in a less than ethical way, they’ll be found out.” -Greg Young Click to Tweet 

“Older leaders really need to be equipped to change themselves in order to change the organization they’re in.” -Greg Young Click to Tweet 

“Measure your day by what you cause to happen and not what you do.” -Greg Young Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Greg Young needed to make changes quickly and radically to prevent losing market share. But he was ending each day with beating himself up because he was not completing his to-do list and it was getting longer each day. That’s when he realized that he needed to reframe his day.

Advice for others

Show a little more modesty.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Trying to get my ego out of the system.

Best Leadership Advice

Measure your day by what you cause to happen and not what you do.

Secret to Success

Listening.

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

Empathy

Recommended Reading

Leading Beyond the Ego: How to Become a Transpersonal Leader

To Kill a Mockingbird

Contacting Greg Young

email: gyoung [@] leadershipglobal.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leadershapegreg/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeaderShapeGreg

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