How Failure Makes You an Outstanding Leader with Colin Hunter

Combined with focused, purposeful reflection, relearning failure as a valuable outcome makes an exceptional and successful leader. In addition, leadership requires embracing your self-doubting inner voices and intentionally stretching yourself and your staff. That is, however, easier said than done.

In today’s episode of the pursuit of learning, we have a fascinating and informative conversation with Colin Hunter. He is an author, mentor, entrepreneur, coach, and the CEO and Lead Guide to a business, Potential Squared, founded in 2001.  Colin founded the company to inspire leaders by reimagining how they engage and develop their people. He and his international team are experts in creating immersive, quantifiable environments that promote new ways of thinking, systems, and behaviors. Colin’s passion is for leadership experimentation, producing influence through a leader’s presence, and designing systems and habits that are integrated with the intentional practice for those leaders.

What if you could create a work environment that felt less like a struggle, less stressful, and more like a playground: a place filled with opportunities to take risks and push limits, with soft landings? A space where you and your team can experiment, make mistakes, and get things wrong? A space where failure is acceptable? It has never been more critical to fail early, fail frequently, and fail forward in the age of disruption. Colin’s most recent book, Be More Wrong, delves into the systems, habits, and practices required to develop crucial leadership abilities and accelerate learning. If you’re recovering from Imposter Syndrome and feeling constrained in your ability to lead effectively, Be More Wrong will shift your mentality and encourage you to believe you can succeed by learning from your mistakes.

Colin discusses his Pi2 Leadership Impact Model and demonstrates how to develop systems and habits that will enable you to lead with greater confidence, conviction, and connection during the conversation. Additionally, he emphasizes that we will learn to distinguish between various leadership styles. Moreover, he highlights numerous aspects that make a good leader exceptional. Furthermore, Colin discusses multiple topics, including determining the goal of one’s life, becoming an impactful leader, and various other concepts, such as positive intelligence and conflict pack. In addition, he highlights the significance of starting things right and small. 

By putting our egos and expertise aside and embarking on a trip to study human behavior, generate new ideas, and experiment, we will begin to create a playground for ourselves and our team. Driven by his current purpose, Colin works to create measurable playgrounds to disrupt the way people are led and amplify the human in leadership. Furthermore, throughout the talk, Colin emphasizes regardless of how unlikely a leader you believe yourself to be, you may get it right by being more wrong.

[00:18] Motivation – To begin the episode, Colin reveals what motivates him right now and what he hopes to convey to our listeners via today’s conversation. 

[02:43] 500 Projects – Colin describes how his current 500 projects will operate and what they hope to accomplish through them. 

[07:14] Occasions, Systems, and Habits – Colin explains why the adage “not rising to the occasion but falling to our systems and habits” was such a driving force behind some of his writing and the systems he has established. 

[11:02] Breakdown on The Golf Course – Colin discusses how his breakdown on the golf field leads to a life transformation. 

[15:45] Purpose – Colin shares how he discovered his purpose. Moreover, he illustrates how people can find their purposes. 

[18:33] Current Purpose – Colin mentions his purpose and reasons cause for it. 

[20:38] Colin’s Book – Colin outlines his inspiration for writing the book and his target demographic for reading the book.

[23:20] Dedication – Colin’s book has a meaningful quote: “Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens,” as the dedication. Colin discusses what it means to him and how it ended up there. 

[28:35] Idea of Playground – Colin aspires to develop workplaces that foster coworker resilience and to foster an environment conducive to play, learning, pushing boundaries, stretching oneself, loving one’s work, and being joyful. By mentioning this, he expands on the concept. 

[32.42] Dreams – Many people spend years pursuing their ambition, only discovering it is not their desire. Colin recommends strategies to expedite the process. 

[37:16] Three C’s – Colin explains three C’s, confidence, conviction, and connection, which are essential in life and how they play a massive role in his life. 

[41:07] Identity – The purpose of our actions is to explain why we do what we do and why others should follow us. Colin elaborates on how our actions are shaped by our decision of how we want to be recognized.

[49:53] Positive Intelligence – Colin describes positive intelligence and its applications in daily life. 

[52:36] Conflict Pack – Colin discusses what a conflict pack is and its lessons through convincing examples. 

[01:00:20] Pick up Other’s Habits – Colin demonstrates how the most admirable characteristics and qualities of others embed into our brand and personality.

[01.08.13] Systems and Practices – Colin shows how to establish procedures and habits that enable us to be our best selves. Additionally, he discusses some of his strategies and techniques for building up those systems. 

[01:21:49] Starting Right and Starting Small – Colin discusses how vital it is for him to start right and start small when developing habits and making many of the adjustments he has made in his life column. 

[01:29:08] Catalyst – The catalyst is focused on developing competence in two areas. Colin describes the role of a catalyst. 

[01:35:15] Change – Many people believe they are incapable of changing. Colin explains how to motivate them to implement the topics discussed in today’s podcast. 

[01:39:55] Refreshingly Direct Conversation – Colin defines a refreshingly direct conversation and describes methods and techniques to have such a conversation. 


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Mentioned in the episode:

Be More Wrong: How Failure Makes You an Outstanding Leader:

Dan Carter: How to make the leap from being good to being great:

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