In 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.Read More›
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.Read More›
Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. It’s become a popular acronym but it is very real. In this video, Grant Wattie, President of N2Growth Australia, discusses how you, as a leader, can’t hold on to traditional leadership techniques and make it in this world full of VUCA.
At N2Growth, we would love the opportunity to speak with you and see how we can help you navigate the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity facing your organization.Read More›
Are you looking for that much needed strategic advantage in life? Are you looking to gain an edge over the competition to get that job you believe and think is already yours? If so, all it takes is learning how to follow three simple rules to develop a shift in your mindset to hone your skills to become a stronger leader for yourself and others.Read More›
Why do you do what you do? In this video, Grant Wattie, President of N2Growth Australia, discusses how you should really be honest with yourself when you come to a crossroads with your professional career. Ask yourself, what do you value? And will your choices allow you to live your values?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›
Confidence is a cloth with many colors.
That thought came to me as I was listening to David O. Russell speaking to Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air as he was discussing his award-winning trilogy of films – The Fighter, Sliver Linings and the latest, American Hustle. Each film is about characters reinventing themselves because they are not satisfied with themselves. The degrees of self-invention range from a fighter trying to overcome his past, a bipolar man seeking normalcy and a hustler seeking a better outcome.
As a writer and filmmaker Russell himself says he has struggled with re-invention. He once wrote scripts for hire now he seeks to tell stories that he himself connects with and can portray on the screen. That takes confidence. Especially when things fall apart. He says you need to trust yourself.