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.

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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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The Truth About Titles

A Chief What Officer? The truth about titles.

By Brody Clemmer
Chief Innovation Officer, N2Growth

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.

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Write Your Leadership Legacy in 6 Words

By Grant Wattie
President, N2Growth Australia

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.

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Living The Values: A Lesson Learned From A Sales Rally

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

An organization knows that its values are authentic when employees put them into practice.

Recently I attended an annual sales meeting for Moorehead Communications, the owner of The Cellular Connection (TCC), a premium reseller for Verizon. The meeting took the form of a rally with presentations from senior executives as well as a healthy sprinkling of humorous videos. Day One closed with the presentation of the Employee of the Year Award. There were five finalists; each was interviewed on video. Watching what they said echoed the key messages of the CEO, Scott Moorehead, who had spoken earlier in the day.

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Talent, Leadership, Culture: The Number 1 Operating Challenge Cited By CEO’s

By John Mattone
Chair, Culture Transformation, N2Growth

What has been top of mind for corporate boards and CEO’s worldwide since 2004? It is not competitive threats, rising costs, innovation challenges, risk management, technology, debt, or even the regulatory environment. Corporate directors and CEO’s identify the need to create and sustain a leadership and talent culture that drives superior operating results as their #1 current and future challenge….and, this has been the case since 2004!

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The Poker’s Bluff No Longer Works

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

Untitled1In the card game of poker, a bluff is a bet or raise made with a hand, which is not thought to be a winner. The objective of a bluff is to induce a fold by the opponents who hold the better hands. The size and frequency of a bluff determines its profitability to the bluffer. By extension, the term is often used outside the context of poker as in leadership to describe the act of making promises one cannot execute. Having the pokers bluff in mind as it relates to the behaviors of leadership, strategy and execution, I couldn’t help but to think about the hallmarks of change – disruption and the use of Crisis Leadership as a means of disrupting incumbent marketplace decisions.

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Integrating Your Leadership Approach – The Power Of Synergy

By Jon “Tracer” Treacy
President and Chief of Global Operations, N2Growth

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. 

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Question For Leaders: What’s Your Value?

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

What do you think the biggest problem facing leaders today is?

Sanjog Aul, host of CIO Talk Radio, asked me that question during an off-air discussion and I am glad I was off the air because I couldn’t not think of what to say. Our on-air discussion was focusing on time management and while I think every executive struggles with the perception of not having enough time, I don’t think that biggest problem facing leaders. Good executives figure out how to manage their time.

 

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Strategy – Why It’s Broken And How To Fix It

By Mark Hefner
Global Practice Chair, Strategy Realization N2Growth

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.

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Mary Barra Faces A Question Of Loyalty

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

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.

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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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