I think the leadership tips he gave in it are still valid today. Here they are:
1. Take two “retreats” every year.
“Leave your office to develop long-range strategies.” Every leader needs to stand back from the day-to-day activities of the organization and take long hard look – long (forwards and back) and wide – what else is going on in the wider world, right now. Then it may be time to refresh the vision and refocus the organization
2. Read books on other topics.
“Read books on topics that don’t pertain strictly to your business or industry. It’s the best way to maintain a broad perspective.” Leaders need an open mind. I wrote about that here recently. Open Minds come up with new, innovative, solutions and new destinations – open your mind by reading books outside your immediate field of interest! You’ll be surprised where it might lead to.
3. Identify problems early.
“Identify problems early by tracking “exceptions,” such as sales figures that suddenly sag for a particular product. Jump on them right away.” You should know your organization well enough to know what are the key indicators and you should be tracking them. Don’t just look at them – truly understand – ask questions till you do. Then act!
4. Stop at the end of each day
“Stop at the end of each day to analyze how well you used it. If you wasted time on things you didn’t need to do, eliminate them tomorrow.” Take time out to reflect and act on your reflection. If you find you don’t have time to react then have a look at this link; there is a post and a poll today about managing your email in-box.
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“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” ― Stephen R. Covey
“Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
“We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.” ― Alison Croggon
“Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” ― Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
“In this world, there was nothing scarier than trusting someone. But there was also nothing more rewarding.” ― Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle
“Either we’re a team or we aren’t. Either you trust me or you don’t.” ― Ally Carter, Heist Society
“It isn’t an easy thing to give your loyalty to someone you don’t know, especially when that person chooses to reveal nothing of himself.” ― Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia
“If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you.” ― Lao Tzu
“When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” ― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Wendy Mason is a Life and Career Coach. She helps people have the confidence they need to be successful at work and to change career while maintaining a good work/life balance. You can email her at wendymason @wisewolfcoaching.com
What is your view of paired leadership – are two really better than one? Or does it just cost you money and present risks. Well here in this post from the Harvard Business Review blogs is one perspective – but what is yours?
There is very good advice in this post that appeared recently on the Resume Bear Blog
Now that your interview is over you can relax and wait for the answer –WRONG! In any good sales campaign, you have a plan, and you keep on selling. No interview is over until you’ve assessed the interview and written and mailed the thank you notes to all who interviewed you. You should also notify your references that they may soon be getting a telephone call from your prospective employer. Be sure to coach them on what you’d like them to emphasize.
These are the extra steps that go into making you the outstanding and memorable candidate in the mind of the employer. If done correctly, these steps can put you a cut above the competition.
You’re the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here’s how to become the strategic leader your company needs…….
After two decades of advising organizations large and small, my colleagues and I have formed a clear idea of what’s required of you in this role. Adaptive strategic leaders — the kind who thrive in today’s uncertain environment – do six things well…More at the link below.
There is a new post at the blog for my Wisewolf Personal Development Coaching Website. Developing a Personal Development Mindset is important if you wish to develop as a manager or leader so you might find this post intereesting.
“The third characteristic of a Personal Development Mindset is to be a self-starter!
WHAT IS BEING A SELF-STARTER
Personal development means taking personal responsibility for your own learning and development and taking the first steps yourself. Usually this is through a process of review/stock-take, exploration/research, and taking action. BUT HOW DO YOU TAKE THAT FIRST STEP? Read more »
For decades, Gallup scientists have researched the topic of leadership. They’ve surveyed a million work teams, conducted more than 50,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and interviewed 20,000 followers to ask what they admired in the most important leader in their life.
The results of that research are set out in the book, Strengths-Based Leadership.
Using Gallup’s discoveries, authors Tom Rath and Barry Conchie identify three keys to being an effective leader
The most effective leaders are always investing in strengths. In the workplace, when an organization’s leadership fails to focus on individuals’ strengths, the odds of an employee being engaged are a dismal 1 in 11 (9%). But when an organization’s leadership focuses on the strengths of its employees, the odds soar to almost 3 in 4 (73%). When leaders focus on and invest in their employees’ strengths, the odds of each person being engaged goes up eightfold.
The most effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team. While the best leaders are not well-rounded, the best teams are! Strong, cohesive teams have a representation of strengths in each of these four domains: executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking.
The most effective leaders understand their followers’ needs. People follow leaders for very specific reasons. When asked, thousands of followers were able to describe exactly what they need from a leader with remarkable clarity. This was trust, compassion, stability, and hope.
Tom Rath and Barry Conchie used firsthand accounts from highly successful leaders to show how each person’s unique talents can drive their success. The leaders included the founder of Teach for America and the president of The Ritz-Carlton.
Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment is available to readers with an access code that accompanies the book. This helps you discover your own special gifts, and specific strategies show you how to lead with your top five talents and how to plot the strengths of your team based on the four domains of leadership strength;
The second theme in this work is identifying the followers “Four Basic Needs”; Trust, Compassion, Stability and Hope which should inspire us all!
If you would like to buy the book you can find it at this link.
Wendy Mason is a Life and Career Coach. She helps people have the confidence they need to be successful at work and to change career. You can email her firstname.lastname@example.org or ring ++44(0)2084610114
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