Colin Hunter is the CEO of Potential Squared, a consultancy that works with Fortune 500 companies developing refreshingly direct leadership of innovation and change. And one of the interesting things about Colin is that he’s putting the finishing touches on a new book, Lighting Fires: The Unlikely Leader.
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Colin started out in the corporate world working for a large company but was asked to take a role that he did not want to accept. This gave him the opportunity to come across a new path, after leaving the company and taking a year off.
Colin was able to provide workshops and trainings for others and create heroes and heroines with the work he was doing. He is now able to help others bring their authentic selves to their work and he had the ability to be himself for the first time.
Colin says that what we do is behavior, and we describe it as we start to give people the tools and the mindsets and behaviors to have conversations in the right way with people, which allows them to be successful.
He believes in relationships with a purpose and paying it forward within his business. Powerful relationships with people have served Colin in many ways.
Through these business relationships Colin has learned to practice what he preaches within his business and the “fail fast and succeed sooner” mindset.
There is an importance of allowing yourself to fail, and where failure happens growth does as well.
Colin has had some personal insights that have him grow over the years and that is the insight of confidence when it comes to business partners. He’s come to realize that he can do it himself, where he used to recruit business partners because he felt inadequate.
Colin got clear with what he was able to bring to the table, how he operated and what he was good and not good at. He shares that this was a very importance piece of his business.
Colin’s book, Lighting Fires, is about six or seven core values that is practiced within his company. It’s about this ability to have reflective clarity and it’s also about this ability to show intuitive rapport and build relationships with a purpose, he says.
“Change is what I want to do, so I never looked back since that day.”
“That was the moment I had the freedom to do what I wanted to do, given to me by somebody else.”
“Those relationships don’t always need to be ones where you are liked; sometimes pay it forward could be about challenging the other person in the relationship.”
“You celebrate failure because it is a learning piece. That has been a massive insight; it’s taken so much pressure off me as a business owner.”