First, Matt and Pete, our back story…
Matt founded Thought Leaders over 15 years ago. He was teaching corporates to speak at the time, and wasn’t loving it. Except every now and then he’d come across someone inspiring, someone with original thinking who wanted to break out of the corporate world. So Thought Leaders was born to help experts capture, package and deliver their thinking.
In 2009 Pete came along and did Matt’s two-day course. He promptly set the record for going from white belt to black belt in the quickest time so far.
They went on to write the book The Thought Leaders Practice together and ran a few programs. They found they loved working together and complemented each other perfectly.
So they joined forces to create Thought Leaders Business School, and have put this business together essentially to deliver this program. Essentially, Business School combines Matt’s methodology for growing a thought leader's practice with Pete’s implementation framework, providing students with everything they need to succeed in becoming successful, impactful thought leaders.
Matt and Pete own Thought Leaders together. As CEO Pete runs the day-to-day operations. His passion and strengths culminate in best-practice implementation, and he’s all about getting things done. He lives this and he teaches this. As you can imagine Pete is composed, focused and obsessed about completion. Working here and for Pete is about working on projects that matter, personal and professional, and having a bias towards action and initiative to own a project or process.
Matt’s genius is in strategic thinking and prophetic vision (that’s what his Strength Finder said). What that means is that he will “feel” a direction and put some energy behind it. One of the team explained that working on projects with Matt and Pete was like running with wolves; determined, fast-paced and ruthless about pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve in any moment.
Our extraordinary team...
Matt and Pete of course don't do it alone. We have the backup of an extraordinary team – a team that works in its genius – and we say this unashamedly. You will see this as you get to know us.
For you to fit into our team, you will care more about your area, your work, than we do. And that’s a big ask, because we tend to care a lot.
We also want you to feel connected to worthy purpose.
We partner with our staff and have thought deeply about what we expect, and what we give.
This Genius Team model illustrates how we work with our team and what working in your genius looks like.
The top half of the model shows what we want team members to give – in essence, an attitude of service and ownership over their work and domain; and the bottom half, what they will get – real purpose and fulfilment, not just in their work but in all areas of their life.
What we expect from each member of our team is to make our lives easier, and what we are committed to providing to each team member is help to make their life better.
Is our Genius Team model working? We work hard to implement it, and we think it is. Here’s what some of the team have said (unprompted, we promise!)...
Why this might not be for you …
OK, so we've said why we are great to work with. Our team think so. And we love working in this business. But there are reasons why working with us won't be everyone's cup of team. Here's why...
Tyranny of distance
We are spread out all over the country and indeed all over the world. We don’t all show up to the same office every Monday morning. Lots of advantages in this and lots of great technology that helps us, but if you need your work to provide you with that daily social element and a physical structure, then this probably isn’t for you.
We need it yesterday
Part of our business and model is that we go fast. We want to be able to go from inception to implementation much faster than most people think is possible. Which means that you don’t get enough warning, and often get an insufficient brief.
Our standard is world’s best. This means we’re unreasonably demanding on ourselves and the team in terms of the standards we set. It’s the flipside of creating extraordinary work, and it will be uncomfortable at times.
Not a 9–5pm gig
We are both family guys to a fault, and we don’t work or expect 70-hour weeks. It’s up to you to maintain balance, but that’s more likely to be over a quarter than over a day or a week. There will be times (like when we run our quarterly immersions) when everyone leans in, and does more. And then there will be times when it's much more chilled. But part of owning your domain, and caring about it more than us, means you don’t always get to clock off at 5pm.
Why this might just be for you …
Dan Pink has summarised a whole bunch of research about what motivates people, and he's boiled it down to three things.
- A sense of purpose.
- Opportunity to grow.
We reckon you’ll have the opportunity here to have all three in spades. We’ve talked about the purpose stuff already.
You will learn learn. This is an opportunity to step up to your potential, and work in your strengths. No doubt it will be a stretch in some areas, but if you’re up for that, we’ll support you all the way.
And as the Genius Team model demonstrates, we’re looking for you to own your domain, and we give you a lot of space to achieve what you’re accountable for. Definitely no micro management around here.
On top of that you're surrounded by passionate, smart people ... an amazing team all working in their genius. And (for the most part) the absolute best clients you could dream of. Smart, passionate, interesting, up for the extraordinary in life, making a difference.