VIDEO: Managing Well. Leading Better

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

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.


VIDEO: Second Guess Yourself

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

The challenge of leadership is to do what is right for the organization even when it means reversing a decision. When reconsidering a decision it is important to decide what you did, why you did it, and what will be the consequences of reversing the decision. Shrewd leaders think ahead, and are willing to reconsider decisions when situations change.

VIDEO: Patience & Presence

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

One thing that all leaders require is patience.

And for someone who is in charge that is not easy because it often falls to the leader to make things happen. So how can you learn to be more patient?

Well, try adding some presence. Presence is the ability to command through the power of your example.


Culture Of Good: The value of service to one another

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

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.

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Arh-Wooo: Management According To Wolves

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

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.


Intangible Leadership Produces Tangible Results

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

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.


How Many of Your Organization’s Strategic Initiatives Succeed?

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.

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60 Top Leadership Quotes Of All Time

By Grant Wattie
President, N2Growth Australia

Below are my top 60 favorite leadership quotes of all time.

  • “Leaders transform the quality of their lives’ by becoming aware of authentic choices, and living courageously towards a new more empowering future.” – Grant Wattie

  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

  • “Leadership is not what you know or who you know, but how to transfer what you know into the hearts and minds of who you know.” – Mike Myatt

  • “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” —Lao Tzu

  • “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” —Proverbs 29:18

  • “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” —Benjamin Disraeli

  • “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” —Max DePree

  • “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” —Aristotle

  • “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” — General George Patton

  • “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch

  • “A leader is a dealer in hope.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

  • “Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.” —Chinese Proverb

  • “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John Maxwell

  • “My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” —General Montgomery

  • “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” —Sir Winston Churchill

  • “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leadersare made rather than born.” —Warren Bennis

  • “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” —Peter Drucker

  • “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” —Maya Angelou

  • “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” —Publilius Syrus

  • “We found that for leaders to make something great, their ambition has to be for the greatness of the work and the company, rather than for themselves.” Jim Collins

  • “When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed.” – Margaret J Wheatley

  • “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” —Theodore Roosevelt

  • “Three things a leader or manager should be thinking: What’s happening? What’s not happening? and What can I do to influence the outcome?” — John Baldoni

  • “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” —Ken Kesey

  • “When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

  • “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” —Harry S. Truman

  • “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” —John Maxwell

  • “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” —Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

  • “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” —John Maxwell

  • “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” —Rosalynn Carter

  • “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” —Jim Rohn

  • “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” —Sam Walton

  • “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” —Douglas MacArthur

  • “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” —Andrew Carnegie

  • “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” —General Dwight Eisenhower

  • “The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” —Eric Hoffer

  • “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” —Max Lucado

  • “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” —General George Patton

  • “Instead of looking for a great leader, we are in an era where each of us needs to find the great leader within ourselves.” – Werner Erhard

  • “Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.” —Donald Rumsfeld

  • “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” —Stephen Covey

  • “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — General Colin Powell

  • “Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.” —John Zenger

  • “He who has great power should use it lightly.: —Seneca

  • I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.” —Warren Bennis

  • “He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.” —Solon

  • “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” —Herbert Swope

  • “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” —Benjamin Franklin

  • “It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.” —Latin Proverb

  • “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” —Nelson Mandela

  • “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” —Norman Schwarzkopf

  • “The greatness of a person’s power is the measure of their surrender.” -William Booth

  • “Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.” —Erskine Bowles

  • “Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” —Tom Peters

  • “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” —Abraham Lincoln

  • “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.” —Ken Blanchard

  • “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It’s not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious–but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.” – Jim Collins

“Level 5 leaders are a study in duality: modest and willful, humble and fearless.” – Jim Collins

Addicted to Wealth

By Grant Wattie
President, N2Growth Australia

“Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher

If Schopenhauer’s quote is true, then the mining magnate, Gina Rinehart (one of the richest women in the world who’s worth an estimated $12 billion) is very thirsty indeed.

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What We Can Learn About Leadership From Maker Of Nutella

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

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.


Mediocrity and disappointment are the outcome from following “Best Practices” for Managing Strategy

By Mark Hefner
Global Practice Chair, Strategy N2Growth

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.

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