5 Gears

Jeremie Kubicek

with Jeremie Kubicek

Co-Founder of GiANT

5 Gears

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Moe and Jeremie Kubicek talk about how to be present and productive when there is never enough time.

Slow down, Recharge, Reconnect

Can you remember the last time you had a conversation with a close friend or colleague when each of you were totally present?  It’s rare indeed, and perhaps understandable within a modern social context, but when that other person is your boss or the individual leading your organization, it’s downright rude and disrespectful.  No one will deny the enormous responsibilities placed on the shoulders of today’s senior executive, still without deep human connections, how would anyone measure success?

In his book, The Art of Stillness, novelist and essayist Pico Iyer reminds our hyperactive egos to slow down because ‘going nowhere …. Isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.’  That is precisely why I appreciate the work that Jeremie Kubicek and his team at Giant Worldwide do.  In addition to helping leaders think through their most pressing challenges, the greatest contribution they make to those they support is their invitation to live and act with greater intention.

In their latest book collaboration, co-founders Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram use the metaphor, 5 Gears, to further demonstrate the urgency of stepping back.  In this conversation with Jeremie Kubicek, I dig deeper with him on the correlation between ambition and stillness.  

Here’s what we discuss:

  • The distraction of leadership

  • The five gears and learning how and when to shift

  • Why the third gear could yield the greatest benefits

  • What leaders should never delegate when in fourth gear

  • What makes reverse so difficult for leaders

  • Can apprenticeships solve the leadership crisis?

  • The one skill that will distinguish the most admired leaders

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