How anyone can use a leadership system to increase the odds of organization success sooner.

The Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World workbook presents leaders with content, work problems, cases, and templates. The collective work product forms the essential elements of a multi-year strategic plan that communicates how the organization sees itself, where it is headed, how it will get there, and what it will do to ensure the plan is achieved.

Those who read, study, and practice Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World know and appreciate that seven leadership truths and actions that make sense in light of them, when applied correctly, lead an organization to perform and grow according to its plan.

The truths and their actions guide leaders to describe: where their organization is now, where they want it to be next, how it will get there, and increase the odds of getting it there sooner.

The seven truths and the actions they drive are each summarized below. Click on the icon at left to get a close look at each truth and a summary of the actions it drives. Page back and click on the action headers at right for a look at the introduction to that segment of the workbook.

Get Clear

Get Clear – Describe the organization in terms of whose problem it solves, how (as in how does it: do, sell, and grow what it does), how well (compared to: others, its past, and relative to its plan and projections). Lay out how its finances work with an income statement, cash flow, and balance sheet for the past two years, current four quarters, and two years hence. Continue reading

How to Aim High and Do Better with intelligent goal setting.

Bank Plan

Set goals to get the results you want base

Figure-1: Under Promise and Over Deliver

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-promise and over-deliver lines graphed in Figure-1. Continue reading

How leaders can upgrade status report submissions with one-on-one meetings to increase the odds of better results sooner.

Stick Figures of Leaders in ActionLeaders whose direct reports submit regular (e.g., monthly) status reports on progress, problems, and plans should consider re-working their approach to include more frequent (e.g., bi-weekly), one-on-one, real-time (in person or via the Web) meetings to discuss submitted progress reports and to collaborate and align on how things are going, priorities, and next steps. Specifically, top leaders ask each direct report to prepare and submit a day or so ahead of meeting one-on-one:

  • An update on progress since last time including a read-out of measures previously agreed upon to track progress.
  • A list of the top three or so things s/he is working on, and for each:
    • What s/he seeks to accomplish
    • What has been done so far to accomplish it
    • What has happened as a result of what has been done so far
    • What has been learned from above
    • What s/he plans to do  next.
  • What s/he needs from their leaders and/or from others in the organization to be successful.

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Business Guru Terry Schmidt reviewed Manage to Lead for the Association for Strategic Planning; here’s what he had to say:

Review by Terry Schmidt, Management Pro

PUBLISHED IN THE ASSOCIATION FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING

SEPTEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER

Manage to Lead, by Peter DiGiammarino, presents a structured approach to plan and implement next steps for an organization as it strives for long-term growth and performance.

I’m a business author and consultant who has read just about everything on management and leadership, but this soft cover book blew me away. It’s full of fresh content, practical exercises and an innovative linkage to on-line strategic planning templates and support resources. Gadzooks – this book verges on disruptive technology for strategic planning consultants!

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How to manage yourself to be the leader you want to be.

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.

Figure 1: A leader sets direction, aligns resources, and motivates action.

Figure 1: A leader sets direction, aligns resources, and motivates action.

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Leadership development curriculum content for top executives, and those who aspire to become top executives, is now also available on Amazon.

IntelliVen blog content is now available as interactive content.

High-end leadership development curriculum content now available on Amazon.

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

Manage to Lead now available as interactive, digital content powered by the leading provider for higher education textbooks.

MtL_Cover_optManage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World is now available as an interactive digital workbook at inkling.com.

Click on the book cover icon to access its catalog entry on inkling.com.  Download the free chapter to try it out on any iPad, any iPhone, or on any Mac or PC using the Chrome browser.

Manage to Lead will soon also be available in print and as an e-book at Amazon.  Access from Android devices is slated for later in 2013

The interactive, digital workbook has:

  • Work problems,
  • Templates,
  • Animations,
  • Assessments,
  • Videos,
  • Graphics, and
  • Executive team exercises and meeting agendas.

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How leaders of successful start-ups can bolster morale among those concerned that the organization may some day be sold.

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

How to test for and secure top team alignment on key matters to improve the odds of long term growth and performance.

Get AlignedLeadership teams need to get clear about:

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

Introducing Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World as an interactive digital workbook.

The following blog post has been upgraded and incorporated into an enhanced interactive, digital workbook called Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World. IntelliVen visitors are invited to click here to view the updated and improved content on Inkling.

Many intelliven.com blog posts are based on the slides and lecture notes from a masters class in Organization Development called Organization Analysis and Strategy offered at American University and taught by Peter DiGiammarino.  These posts and other material from class, including:

  • Work problems,
  • Templates,
  • Graphics,
  • Slide shows, and
  • Assessments

will be offered later this Spring at www.intelliven.com as an interactive digital workbook called Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World available on the iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC powered by Inkling the leading platform for interactive higher education textbooks. Print and electronic copies will also be available on amazon.com.

Workbook content is searchable and findable on the web using Google. One chapter will be available at no charge and selected chapters may be purchased separately The entire workbook can also be purchased along with appendixes and answers to work problems. Future updates and enhancements will forever be automatically pushed to purchasers at no additional charge.

Selected intelliven.com blog content will soon be available as an interactive digital workbook.

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 presents a framework to describe and assess any organization. It also provides a structured approach to plan and implement next steps for an organization as it strives for long-term growth and performance.

Readers are invited to select a familiar organization on which to apply the tools and templates introduced throughout the workbook. Exercises in each chapter produce essential elements for the organization’s annual strategic plan and lay the groundwork for implementing that plan.

Readers can package the key elements from Organization Exercises to form a strategic plan that communicates how the organization sees itself and where it is headed. At the end of the year leaders can compare actual results with what was described in the strategic plan to study what happened, why what happened was different than plan, what is to be learned from that, and what to do differently going forward as a result.

Repeat the process over several years and compare actual to planned results year-to-year to see the organization mature, perform, and grow to its full potential.