Not all business strategies require the same degree of change to be considered successful. Many are simply a continuation of an already established path and destination. Others identify change in some areas of the business but those changes do not represent a significant departure from the status quo. Some strategies however require transformational change. These strategies are usually required when companies are either in deep trouble or pursuing significant and new market opportunities.Read More›
Regardless of the challenges that life throws at you and the inevitable turmoil experienced there are a some universal truths that can be applied to lead more effectively through today’s turbulent times of rapid change.
* This post was originally published on Forbes
I was speaking with a colleague last week who at one point in our conversation referred a third party as being naïve, to which my response was, “I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing – perhaps we should all be a bit more naïve.” The seed I was trying to plant was that if people (particularly those in leadership) spent less time defending what they think they know, and more time exploring the vast universe of what they don’t know, we might make more progress.
When you are presenting your ideas, you don’t have to sublimate your personality. It may be your most important asset.
Seth Rogen, a comedic actor, made this point abundantly clear in his testimony to a Senate committee looking into Alzheimer’s Research. Rogen has first-hand experience with the disease. Alzheimer’s struck his mother-in-law while she was in her fifties, and has started a foundation, Hilarity for Charity, to raise awareness and offer to support to sufferers and their families.
March Madness resumes tonight and in a pressure packed weekend of excitement, the Sweet Sixteen will shrink to the Final Four. Only the strongest teams will survive and while their defensive pressure, explosive running game or deep shooting might define their style, their success rests on five obsessions. These obsessions are common to champions and may very well help your team in your competitive endeavor.Read More›
What does a leader look like? Think of two leaders, famous or not, whom you admire and respect. What do they do that is so different? What traits do they have that help them excel at a high level? Leadership is not a great mystery. Great leaders have specific traits in common. These traits can be learned and developed—by you!
As a leader, you need to understand the specific traits that will help you achieve a high level of leadership success. Here are ten tips to help you identify what you as a leader must do.Read More›
When you leave, you want to people you know you have been there.
Every leader wants to leave a legacy. We are tempted to think of legacy in terms of big accomplishments. And by that measure Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan who is retiring this summer, has some major kudos to her name.
* This post was originally published on LinkedIn
I’ve always been amazed at the number of tremendously gifted leaders who underutilize the one asset most responsible for their success – their brain. It’s not that leaders don’t think; it’s that they don’t think enough. And when they do find time to think, many leaders often think about the wrong things, in the wrong ways, at the wrong times. My message is simple, but not necessarily easy; to do more – think more.
IT’S TIME TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION’S HEALTH!
Schedule an appointment with your organization’s health care provider (you do have one right?) to discuss what operational screenings and organizational development exams you need and when you need them.
These are critically important to make sure your organizational leadership index is healthy, balanced and aligned with your strategic intent and vision to meet the organization’s objectives going forward.
We’re providing some of our resources to help you and your health care provider (you do have one right?) determine what health services and screenings are best for you and your team.Read More›
Are you a person of integrity? Chances are you and everyone reading this article will answer in the affirmative. This introduces a massive blind-spot we have in our lives and organizations: self-deception – as none of us can say we have full integrity.
So, first, how do we define integrity?
Wolfgang Beltracchi is the most successful art forger in history. His fake paintings have sold for $46 million to museums, and private collections all over the world. He says the experts hate him because he managed to fool them for decades – he eventually wound up in jail. Some say what he did was a crime against the art culture and others think it was acceptable because he didn’t hurt anyone.
This story paints a strong allegory to leadership. It might sound a far fetch, yet how often have we tried to pass off our own behaviour as fake to maintain a façade? In the following article I’ll share some observations, insights and research on how we can be more authentic and learn to spot our own in-authenticities.Read More›
Not everyone will respond to your leadership. No matter how good you are, there will be skeptics. Leadership is a human endeavor and humans have choices. Still, it’s your duty to find a way to lead them.
No matter how big your organization, your message, direction, and motivations flow through a handful of people and leadership is like dancing; it is accomplished one partner at a time. I’m not talking about square dancing, line dancing or break dancing but the kind where you drum up your courage, look someone in the eye and ask: “Will you dance with me?”
Great dancing requires a mix of physical, mental, emotional and social skill. Great dancers know they aren’t just spinning around the floor; they are inviting another on a journey for a song or two. It is a negotiation of trust.Read More›