Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth
Everyone says self-awareness is essential to effective leadership. It is, but there is another aspect to awareness that may be equally compelling and sadly overlooked. It’s self-management.
It’s one thing to know yourself. We know what we do well. Yay! That’s why we are so good at what we do. We may even know what we are not so good at it so we ignore it. Boo! That can hurt us.
Management is your day job; leadership is your career. Managers by nature are pragmatists; leaders are dreamers. Organizations need both types to survive. Managers are required to lead and leaders are expected to manage. It is a challenge to do both well. The higher one rises in an organization, the greater are the responsibilities. Therefore, managers learn to delegate and in doing so free themselves to be more strategic and in the process develop the talents of others and grow the capacity of the organization to meet rising challenges. That’s what we call leadership.
Well, that’s a question that I could not have imagined until recently when I participated in a group hug of Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. The hug was an idea that Scott Moorehead, CEO of TCC, and Ryan McCarty, director of the Culture of Good at TCC, conceived as a way to dramatize the positive emotions we feel when we do something good for others.Read More›
Does your business need more wolf-type managers to be successful?
Until I read a delightful New York Times essay by Carl Safina, I would have said heck no! Business get in trouble when those at the helm are “alpha wolves”—overly aggressive, dominant and liable to fight rather than listen. That stereotype may apply to humans but not to wolves, as Safina, author of the forthcoming book Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, explains.
When senior executives take a hard look at their organizations they sometimes marvel at the teams that seem to do it all. Such teams meet the deadlines, conform to budgets, and best of all they work together really well. And they even seem to have fun doing it.
Very often such teams may not have the “best or the brightest.” Certainly they have individuals with talent and skills but they don’t have the superstars. They have each other instead.
My guess is that your answer is less than half or at least “not enough of them.”
Delivering on strategic initiatives on time, every time, is the hallmark of organizations that are best in the world at executing strategy, and they’re rewarded with a premium put on the value of their company.
Organizations that can’t deliver on their strategic initiatives fail at executing their strategy, and organizations that fail at executing strategy will not survive. It is just that simple. Improving how your organization delivers strategic initiatives increases your ability to execute strategy and, therefore, should be one of your organization’s top business imperatives.Read More›
You don’t know how tough our business is!
That’s a lament that I hear from executives, be they in software development, technology hardware, finance and banking, or automotive. Even people in my field of human development complain about the effort it takes to generate work.
I have to confess that I knew nothing about Michele Ferrero until I read of his passing. Which is not surprising. As The Economist noted in his obituary, this Italian businessman from the Piedmont gave only one interview in his entire life. It was to Italy’s La Stampa and he did so wearing sunglasses, to shield his weak eyes a well as to recede into the background.
Strategy management processes and the so-called “best practices” most organizations follow have not kept pace with the demands of the marketplace and the performance expectations of shareholders. By definition, best practices are “tried and true,” meaning they have been around for a long time—too long.Read More›
I have been a Digital Marketer, a Genius, a Business Representative, and a Shift Manager. I have guided through the titles that life has graciously provided me, without a true understanding of what it meant. Now, I find myself in this position again as a Chief Innovation Officer. When people ask me, “Brody, what do you do?” I tell them my respective title. When they look at me with a puzzled ‘yeah right!’ face, I say something to the effect of – “That means I sit in a chair and think about things.” It’s not wrong, that is my job, and for those only seeking your title, that’s all they care about.Read More›
While having lunch with a number of writers, Ernest Hemingway claimed he could write a short story that was only six words long.
When the lofty group of writers scoffed at the notion, he invited each of them to put ten dollars on the table, saying that if he was wrong he’d match it. But if he was right he’d keep the money.Read More›