Have you ever found yourself frustrated by a problem that, in spite of your best efforts and creative fixes, defies an enduring solution? How often have you implemented new programs or processes only to find the same or related problems resurface elsewhere? Chances are that if you’ve spent any significant time in leadership positions you’ve had this experience, and more than likely the root cause for this is that you’ve been treating symptoms instead of the underlying diseases. Taking an Integrated Leadership Approach brings the holistic, synergistic perspective necessary to break this cycle and look beyond the obvious in order to get to the root cause(s) of whatever problem you may be facing.Read More›
Only 20%-30% of corporate and business unit strategies successfully deliver expected results. That is a bold statement. However this statistic has been reported in many studies from reputable firms and publications and mirrors much of what I have observed and experienced during my career.Read More›
Our organizational world is constituted and shaped by language. It is also accessed and made available to us through language. Language acts as the lens through which we can see and understand the challenges presented, and subsequently make sense of and provide solutions for.Read More›
Is there such a thing as too much loyalty?
That is a question that Mary Barra may be considering after her latest appearance before a Senate committee investigating the faulty ignition switch problem that resulted in 11 deaths. While GM has cleaned house of engineers and lawyers accused of culpability, Michael Millikin, its chief counsel, has remained in place.
If you are responsible for leading teams, how can you be sure that the work being done throughout the day will innovatively increase impact and productivity to make tomorrow a better place? Or, if you are responsible for managing Solopreneur projects, how can you be sure that the work will increase impact and productivity? Isn’t that what productivity should be doing? Making the Future Picture (how leaders intend the future to look prior arriving to it in the distant future) a well defined place of improvement? These questions are some that leaders everywhere must consider on a more frequent basis with greater purpose in mind if they are really focused on providing greater impact across their organizations.Read More›
* This post was originally posted in Life Science Leader
In my writings, I define leadership presence as the “right stuff of leadership,” and, by doing so, I embrace a holistic concept. For me, presence is more surface appeal — as the term executive presence connotes; it denotes a leader’s approach to getting the most out of themselves as well as their team. By that definition of presence encompasses conviction, authority, power, and the application of them through a leader’s actions and words.
You might consider presence as defined by three verbs: be, do, review. Let’s take them one at a time…
How do some companies evolve to “it company” status while others languish in relative obscurity? Whether you think of more mature companies like Google, Whole Foods, or Unilever, or early stage marvels like Warby Parker, Vendini, or RevZilla, the hottest companies on the planet understand it’s not what they do or how they do it, but why they do what they do that defines who they are as an organization. Put simply, company culture is the real competitive advantage great organizations trade on.
“I think for us now, talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic.”
That is Jürgen Klinsmann, coach of Team USA speaking before competition began in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. These remarks caused many to criticize the German-born coach for being so downbeat. Soccer legend Landon Donovan, whom Klinsmann cut from this year’s squad, said, “This will come as a surprise to nobody, but I don’t agree with Jurgen… As someone who has been in that locker room and has sat next to the players … We believe that we will win,” Donovan added. “And I think that’s the way Americans think.”
Do you know what everyone in your organization does? To find out, you might want to change your perspective.
Years ago I learned to draw reading Betty Edwards’ book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” The effort sharpened my perspective of just about everything. To draw, I learned to see differently and I walked away with a clearer, fuller appreciation of the things around me.Read More›
Politicians make the best punching bags.
Eric Cantor is Exhibit A. He was laid flat by a roundhouse punch by voters in his House District who opted for an unknown economics professor as their Republican candidate. Cantor was surprised; his own internal polls had him leading handily, and he out spent his opponent nearly 20:1. What a knockout.
While Cantor may have lost touch with voters, he did not lose touch with his humanity. He conceded defeat on election eve, and the very next day Cantor said that he was giving up his role as Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.
Politics aside, Cantor’s exit shows class. As pundits have noted, by removing himself from office he spared his party the kind of internecine battles that could only hurt Republicans.
Imagine that you have just been offered two leadership positions and you have to make a choice of one over the other.
You would be happy with both; however, the first position will be more satisfying
Whereas, the second job offers more money. In making this choice you also have to consider a couple of things…
Leadership is about being able to lead out from crises before they occur (the defining meaning of Crisis Leadership). This is a talent and skill that many leaders today are simply lacking. What’s needed, is a disciplined, future-focused and intelligent “preemptive-minded cultural” approach known as Crisis Leadership. This approach brings forth three considerations in behavioral intelligence, which when used in combination, will increase leadership’s ability to become more effective in dealing with crises, chaos and turbulence in organizations.Read More›