TRAVIS THOMAS, FOUNDER OF TEAM BUFFALO

At Team Buffalo we have a deep belief that kick@ss leaders create amazing organisations. Places we’d all love to work with a real purpose. Leadership isn’t easy, but you don’t need to go it alone. You’re part of the right herd that faces the storms of change. We’ve helped hundreds (literally) of leaders do just that.

I’m Travis and I lead Team Buffalo as Managing Director while consulting to leaders and executives in their own organisations. I’ve worked with leaders across corporate, not for profit and local government organisations all the way through to ASX 100 companies. I’m deeply passionate about people and unlocking value for organisations and enjoy working with leaders to maximise people, profit and business outcomes.

 

 

BUT WHY NAME IT BUFFALO?

When a storm approaches, cows run horizontally along the plain to get away from danger. Unbeknown to the cows, they are too slow to outrun it AND most storms move horizontally on the plain. This means cows, seeking to avoid pain, spend significantly more time stuck in pain and scrambling to survive. Poor cows.

 

Conversely, buffalo anticipate the storm. They monitor it and charge directly into the storm. Why? They know it means they spend less time in pain and that the best results come from embracing the inevitable change.

 

We believe that the best leaders behave like buffalo. They embrace the inevitable change and work with the herd to embrace it. They behave with agility like the buffalo, accepting that they need to turn and move quickly if the storm does. Embracing the change means the best possible outcome and a happy, thriving herd.

 

Fun fact: buffalo are also fast (can run up to 50 km per hour) and forage for 11 hours a day. Who said buffalo are lazy?

What we don’t do at Team Buffalo

  • We aren’t boring
  • We don’t bill for work we don’t do
  • We don’t leave until the work is done
  • We don’t tell you what you want to hear, we tell you what you need for growth
  • We aren’t a generic training company
  • We don’t do soft skills, we do change that tackles the reality of business and people

What we do at Team Buffalo

  • We deliver work we are proud of (without exception)
  • We know our sh*t
  • We are here when you need us (seriously)
  • We have a no d*ckheads policy when it comes to the team and clients
  • We love cake, memes and having fun
  • We set the bar high, really high

Team Buffalo Manifesto

This is for the leaders, the changemakers, the achievers, the unrelenting pursuers of leadership bad@ssery. Those looking to build better companies and places to work; not because it’s the easy thing to do but because it’s what must be done. Here our some core principles for leading differently:

  1. At the most basic level, if you are prepared to do whatever it takes you can achieve what you set your mind to
  2. Leadership debt is real. The things you know you need to do and don’t do WILL accumulate a debt you pay later with interest
  3. Be kind, caring and compassionate. Your team needs it
  4. Get out of your inbox. Growth doesn’t happen there
  5. It’s ok not to be busy. Busy is a fool’s errand. Productivity > Busyness
  6. Have clear values but remember virtues create progress. These are the daily behaviours that show your team what your values really are
  7. Face the storm. Don’t avoid change, it will come whether you face it or not
  8. Embrace the ‘flinch’ and lean into it. Those are the moments that matter
  9. Emotional intelligence is a skill you have to build. Make it a priority
  10. Eliminate, outsource, delegate, do; in that order. ‘Do’ is least desirable, your time is limited
  11. Make decisions quickly and execute immediately. Indecision kills progress
  12. Run the day, don’t let the day run you. Time mastery matters
  13. Use one on ones to accelerate your progress. Consistently spending time with your team drives exponential growth
  14. Everyone screws up. Fix it, learn from it, move on
  15. A debate is not a fight. Stick to the facts and don’t take it personally
  16. Believe in your ability to figure it out, even when you haven’t done it before
  17. Don’t try to do everything. Instead, sacrifice many things to be excellent
  18. Have big dreams, then turn them into bite-sized goals to make them happen
  19. Love the numbers, both leading and lagging
  20. Have a schedule and stick to it. Routines and habits drive consistent results
  21. Don’t let the noise of the workplace distract you from what’s important
  22. Avoid meetings at all costs. Most of them just delay progress
  23. Persist. Change doesn’t happen overnight… or quickly
  24. Focus on repetition & say it until you feel sick… that’s when they’ll hear your message for the first time
  25. Set your standards very high and share them often… but be forgiving when people don’t reach them
  26. Your role is to develop, not shame those who miss the mark
  27. Invest in your growth. Make time for it. It will always yield a return
  28. Don’t get caught up in the hype. Business and leadership are filled with ideas about the “next big thing”. Don’t let them distract or misguide you
  29. Have the hard conversations. Avoiding it is just deferring the pain
  30. Stop trying to get consensus. Consensus kills progress
  31. Keep your purpose at the forefront of what you and your team do
  32. Know that you will succeed, because there isn’t a f*cking alternative

Read this again tomorrow morning

Team Buffalo Manifesto

This is for the leaders, the changemakers, the achievers, the unrelenting pursuers of leadership bad@ssery. Those looking to build better companies and places to work; not because it’s the easy thing to do but because it’s what must be done. Here our some core principles for leading differently:

  1. At the most basic level, if you are prepared to do whatever it takes you can achieve what you set your mind to
  2. Leadership debt is real. The things you know you need to do and don’t do WILL accumulate a debt you pay later with interest
  3. Be kind, caring and compassionate. Your team needs it
  4. Get out of your inbox. Growth doesn’t happen there
  5. It’s ok not to be busy. Busy is a fool’s errand. Productivity > Busyness
  6. Have clear values but remember virtues create progress. These are the daily behaviours that show your team what your values really are
  7. Face the storm. Don’t avoid change, it will come whether you face it or not
  8. Embrace the ‘flinch’ and lean into it. Those are the moments that matter
  9. Emotional intelligence is a skill you have to build. Make it a priority
  10. Eliminate, outsource, delegate, do; in that order. ‘Do’ is least desirable, your time is limited
  11. Make decisions quickly and execute immediately. Indecision kills progress
  12. Run the day, don’t let the day run you. Time mastery matters
  13. Use one on ones to accelerate your progress. Consistently spending time with your team drives exponential growth
  14. Everyone screws up. Fix it, learn from it, move on
  15. A debate is not a fight. Stick to the facts and don’t take it personally
  16. Believe in your ability to figure it out, even when you haven’t done it before
  17. Don’t try to do everything. Instead, sacrifice many things to be excellent
  18. Have big dreams, then turn them into bite-sized goals to make them happen
  19. Love the numbers, both leading and lagging
  20. Have a schedule and stick to it. Routines and habits drive consistent results
  21. Don’t let the noise of the workplace distract you from what’s important
  22. Avoid meetings at all costs. Most of them just delay progress
  23. Persist. Change doesn’t happen overnight… or quickly
  24. Focus on repetition & say it until you feel sick… that’s when they’ll hear your message for the first time
  25. Set your standards very high and share them often… but be forgiving when people don’t reach them
  26. Your role is to develop, not shame those who miss the mark
  27. Invest in your growth. Make time for it. It will always yield a return
  28. Don’t get caught up in the hype. Business and leadership are filled with ideas about the “next big thing”. Don’t let them distract or misguide you
  29. Have the hard conversations. Avoiding it is just deferring the pain
  30. Stop trying to get consensus. Consensus kills progress
  31. Keep your purpose at the forefront of what you and your team do
  32. Know that you will succeed, because there isn’t a f*cking alternative

Read this again tomorrow morning

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