A Leadership Manifesto: 10 Keys To Living Courageously

By Grant Wattie
President, N2Growth Australia

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor” ~Aristotle

The word manifesto can be traced back to the Latin root manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous. A manifesto is defined as a declaration of beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. In other words, a document that an organization or person writes that declares what they value.

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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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Get Off The Strategy Merry-Go-Round

By Mark Hefner
Global Practice Chair, Strategy N2Growth

Most organizations, and even most strategy consultants, are using strategic planning frameworks built for business models that were designed during the industrial age. These methods are antiquated in both efficiency and effectiveness. They are complex – they are costly – they are slow – they are broken.

Whether you are a working at a company-wide, business unit, functional, or product level, formulating strategy, planning it, and executing it has become too complex, too structured, too rigid, too slow, and more than half of the time does not produce the promised results.

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Think Time Should Not Be Measured In Minutes

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

How much time do you spend on solving problems?

In a recent interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times, Victor Allis, the CEO of Quintiq, a software maker, said, “ We tell people, ‘Don’t try to figure it out all by yourself.’ We have a five-minute rule. If you’re sitting at your desk for five minutes and you can’t figure out whatever you’re working on, go ask someone.” As Allis explained, another employee may be able to advise, or “may be able to point you to someone who says, ‘We already solved that, and you can find it here.’”

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The Leadership GPS System – Extension Process, Preemptive Crisis Analytics: The New Reality

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

The extension process within the Crisis Leadership & Performance-Driven Execution framework’s Leadership GPS System evolves from the new reality in business analytics and organizational design. Preemptive Crisis Analytics, an extension of the Five Ws Agenda within the Leadership GPS System, examines incoming data and decision sciences to increase productivity, efficiency and effectiveness for leaders and organizations to make better informed decisions for their organizations to be more strategically aligned ahead of the competitive landscape.

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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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Louis CK: Walk Away… And Come Back Fresh

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

So you write, produce and star in a hit TV sitcom, what do you do next?

If you are comedian Louis CK you walk away. As he told Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, “I wanted the show to feel new again. I felt like I did three seasons that were all one spurt, and that felt good and I wanted to forget the show, so I took time to forget about it. I aggressively forgot the show existed for a few months.”

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The Brilliance Of Naiveté

By Mike Myatt
Chairman, N2Growth

* 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.

 

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We listen to leaders who talk but we pay attention to leaders who listen.

~ Brian Layer

Good organizations post their values on every wall. Great organizations put them in every action.

~ Brian Layer

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