A blog by Luke Thomas, Director of Spring

Over the past eight years, I’ve enjoyed diving for a wide range of reasons.

The divers I’ve met all over the world are a fascinating bunch, and they’ve taught me a lot of valuable lessons.


Photograph courtesy of www.kennackdiving.co.uk © Kennack Diving, All Rights Reserved

This is the first of a series of blogs that I was challenged to write by a colleague – the idea being to share some valuable nuggets that can help in organisations – whether it be about motivation, morale, self-leadership, or sales figures.

These blogs will cover things like risk, creativity, state, behaviours, discipline and organisation, fun, and personal values.

To kick things off – let’s consider Purpose.

The outcome or goal – why go diving (or working at your company) in the first place? It makes a big difference who you dive with.

There are those who do it for the gear and gadgets – laden down with the latest gizmos, they love to make it as complicated as possible.

There are those who do it for the challenge. It’s about how deep, how ‘on the edge,’ how technically difficult it is.

I’m personally into the incredibly beautiful wildlife and scenery, the relaxed breathing state you’re in, and the feeling of connecting with a powerful environment that’s normally hidden from our sight.

You get your hunter-gatherers, who are intent on finding scallops, crabs, lobsters, and flat fish to bring home for the table.

I’ve not begun to talk about those into navigation, the social life, the travel, the buzz, the earning a living, or the status of the higher qualification.

So back to the office, then.

It never ceases to amaze me the sheer complexity of leading and managing people, whilst the quick, big wins are often so simple.

So many assumptions are made as to what makes people tick. I know I have made the mistake regularly – thinking I know, without really finding out.

Some managers will pride themselves on knowing their team well and develop a high performing environment, yet forget to get under the skin of their customers, or suppliers, or colleagues further afield.

The reverse is also true – each link in the chain of relationships, impacting the next.

Hitting the sales target or delivering a balanced scorecard is so rarely about the bonus – as clichéd a phrase as that is. It’s generally more about pride, recognition, security, achievement, fear, or something from the long list of things motivational academics will tell you about.

So decide for yourself:

What do you want exactly from the meeting you’re about to attend, or the phone call you’re about to make?

And what about the others there – are they focused on having a laugh, nailing some dates, making themselves heard, or just bored out of their minds?

Whichever it is, have your radar on – because it’ll affect the outcome.

And if you’d like a killer word pattern for quickly discovering someone’s values and therefore what’s important to them, drop me an email: luke@springccr.co.uk