While putting full attention on accomplishing one thing increases the odds that the thing will be done well, it is all too easy for the career minded professional to end up doing nothing other than their work!
They would be wise to realize that top performers at all levels make time for other things such as family, recreation, exercise, spiritual development, and even volunteer work.
Participating in volunteer work can add a healthy perspective to life and position for growth which makes it all the more rewarding to find a way to pitch-in. Continue reading →
When a sale comes in ahead of expectation or when revenue and profit exceed plan, a leader may refer to extra revenue or extra profit which runs the risk of sending the wrong signal to employees. Continue reading →
Dena McFarland; was part of a significant change at Xerox where they restructured the company yet didn’t lay off anyone. She was also a consultant for hospitals to change their mindset from physician-centered to patient-centered.
Jeanamaria M. Alayaay; co-facilitated Lean Startup Product Development trainings for the White House’s Presidential innovation fellows and Presidential leadership programs, Enterprise Ireland (the Irish government’s tech accelerator), Evernote, and Microsoft Imagine Cup. She works at Luxr.
A rough summary of key points panelists offered in response to opening questions follows:
Advice from women who drive change:
View everything you experience as “one more pieceof an ever-evolving whole”.Continue reading →
Bankers and investors want to know how things will turn out with a high degree of certainty in order to manage downside risk. Consequently, organizations that take professional money learn to conservatively state what they will accomplish to have a high probability of achieving plan. When actual results exceed plan there is cause for celebration as suggested by the under-promiseandover-deliver lines graphed in Figure-1. Continue reading →
The leader sets direction as suggested by the target in the upper right of the first panel in Figure 1. Then the leader aligns resources; that is, the leader collects followers who all look to hit the same target. Finally, the leader motivates action, suggested by radio bars in the lower corners of the figure, which causes the resources to progress towards the target.
Whether one wants to change personal habits, implement a new information system, improve a business process, get team members to work together, increase a community’s appreciation for diversity, or even to topple a monarchy, taking seven actions driven by seven disarmingly simple truths will individually and collectively help achieve the goal.
Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World is a workbook that top educators, consultants, and executives use to help their students, clients, and staffs become effective leaders of strategic change. Manage to Lead serves as the core content for a class in Organization Leadership, Analysis, Strategy, and Development at one of the top Organization Development masters programs in the United States.
The workbook was introduced in the spring as interactive, digital content via Inkling (the leading distributor of interactive digital higher-education content) and is now also available in soft-cover from Amazon. It introduces a straightforward framework to describe and assess any organization and provides a structured approach to plan and implement next steps for an organization as it strives for long-term growth and performance.
Those searching for high-end leadership development curriculum content should consider placing Manage to Lead at the center of their program. Contact the author to request related teaching artifacts including: Continue reading →
Most people cannot listen until they have been heard. As a consequence, wise leaders who want to affect thinking and behavior learn to first listen to those they aim to impact.
Holding back from jumping-in when a key point comes to mind in the middle of a fast-paced conversation can be a challenge but it is also essential in order to avoid being written-off as one who does not listen or understand, especially if the leader is new to the organization.
The following steps help a leader stay in-tune and attuned and dramatically improve their odds of success:
When someone talks, give undivided attention and do not interrupt. While s/he is talking you may think you know what they are going to say and what you want to say next rushes to mind. In that instant you experience an irrepressible urge to interrupt and jump-in. Following the urge causes many bright, successful senior executives to often unintentionally and repeatedly use the power of their position to hijack conversations. The pattern wears on those in the organization and soon the leader is written-off as one who never listens and who does not get, or care about, those they lead. Continue reading →
Being part of a start-up organization can be a most invigorating experience. Even for those with no equity stake, the energy and excitement is contagious and makes it easy to work hard for the good of the whole.
In the face of growth and strong performance, some may begin to wonder if the good times will soon end as founders, owners, and investors look to pocket the value that has been created through a sale of the organization to larger firm. Leaders sometimes struggle to keep up employee morale in such circumstances.
It can help for leaders to remind everyone in such circumstances that the best thing, in all scenarios, is to build the best possible business because doing so leads to:
Making the most positive impact in the market served,
Creating the most value for owners, and
Creating the most opportunity for employees to assume new responsibilities, earn increased compensation, learn new skills, and be in position to take on attractive roles upon an acquisition. Continue reading →
Countless other day-to-day matters that will eventually impact long term organization performance and growth demand similar attention. Many leaders struggle to reach a good, a better, or even a best solution to each. Continue reading →