Published on: Thursday, February 13, 2014
A few months ago, Paul Franco* took a job working part-time for a company in the healthcare industry. At the time, Paul told me he thought the company had tremendous potential, both in the marketplace and for him personally.
So I was a little surprised when he called me, exasperated. "I think I'm going to quit," he told me.
Published on: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In my upcoming book Execution IS the Strategy
(Berrett-Koehler, March 2014), I emphasize the fact that, for all intents and purposes, leaders can no longer legislate strategic execution or plan too far into the future. Rigid strategies quickly become stale in the current business arena, and binding our front-line team members to them may result in consistent failure.
A more effective solution? Empower individuals to take ownership of their jobs
, so they can use whatever strategy works best in the moment to execute effectively and productively. In fact, leaders often don’t know the best way to achieve a goal. They rely on their team members to tell them how. Today's leader acts as a collaborative facilitator, asking questions and determining what obstacles are in the way of success. They scout ahead and smooth the way for the team, so everyone can succeed more easily.
Published on: Monday, February 10, 2014
"Change is the only constant these days, and leaders need to lead through the tumultuous change businesses, countries and families are facing," said Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida, early on in his presentation on the Radio City Music Hall stage at the 2013 World Business Forum.
Published on: Friday, February 07, 2014
Much of what comes out of people's mouths in business these days is sugar-coated, couched and polished. The messages are manufactured, trying to strike just the right tone. Genuine emotion stands in stark contrast. It's a real person sharing a real feeling. When we hear it, we're riveted — for one because it's rare, but also because it's real. Sometimes it's uncomfortable and a little messy. But that's what makes it powerful. No one is trying to hide anything.
We hide emotions in an attempt to stay in control, look strong, and keep things at arm's length. But in reality, doing so diminishes our control and weakens our capacity to lead — because it hamstrings us. We end up not saying what we mean or meaning what we say. We beat around the bush, and that never connects, compels or communicates powerfully.
Published on: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.
In one such teleconference, Bobbie LaPorte, an executive career coach, joined me. A member asked, "I have received cold call requests to link with recruiters on LinkedIn, but I typically only link with people I know and could recommend to others. What do you suggest?"