Do You Speak the Language of Performance Driven Execution?

By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts
Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth

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. 

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Defining Presence As A Leadership Behavior

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

* 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…

 

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English Football (Soccer) and Executive Development

By John R. Childress
Chair, Cultural Transformation – President, N2Growth Europe, N2Growth

For the past 20 years  I have been living in London and to say that the English are football crazy would be an understatement.  There are multiple football leagues, as well as club teams in almost every village.  The latest statistics show there are more than 140 individual leagues, containing more than 480 divisions, with an estimated average of 15 clubs per division, giving this tiny country more than 7,000 teams in the English men’s football league system.

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The Leadership ‘X’ Factor That Creates ‘It’ Companies

By Mike Myatt
Chairman, N2Growth

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.

 

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Jürgen Klinsmann: Defeatist or Master Motivator?

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

“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.”

 

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Flip Your Organization Chart

By Brian Layer
Chief Executive Officer, N2Growth

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.

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The Missing Leadership Competency

By John R. Childress
Chair, Cultural Transformation – President, N2Growth Europe, N2Growth

I must confess I am not a great fan of the popular focus on long lists of leadership competencies and their use in everything from leadership training to executive recruiting. I look at the long list of competencies that supposedly make up a good leader and feel totally uninspired.  First of all they seem to be one word platitudes and secondly, I’ve never met anyone with all these “competencies”.  It’s more like a wish list or a Greek myth than a useful way to develop or find good leaders.

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Eric Cantor: The Art Of The Graceful Exit

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

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.

 

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Leadership Code Switching in the Innovation Sandbox

By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts
Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth
with Susan C. Guiher

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.

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Jill Abramson On Resilience: ‘Show What You Are Made Of’

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

“You know the sting of losing. When that happens, show what you are made of.’’

That is what Jill Abramson told the graduates of Wake Forest University in a commencement address. “Resilience,” she noted was the theme of her address, and it seems appropriate in the wake of her summary dismissal as executive editor of the New York Times.

 

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