Published on: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Business leaders in every industry need to come to terms with a simple fact, said Larry Keeley, a globally recognized leader in innovation effectiveness, during a special Monitor Deloitte breakfast workshop at the World Innovation Forum in New York.
The reality, Keeley explained, is that the pace of change outside your organization is much faster than your organization's capacity to evolve, thereby making innovation a true business mandate with the potential to accelerate growth and leapfrog the competition.
Published on: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
What advice would you give an incoming CEO?
It's astounding how one simple question can be the catalyst for some highly informed and very relevant dialogue about one of the most critical challenges any organization will face — that is, how to effectively prepare a new CEO for the role he is about to assume.
No matter the experience they bring, many of us have learned that what worked in one environment, industry or company may indeed prove a disaster in another. What seems far more important are those intangibles that speak far beyond a new CEO's credentials, namely their character, how they make decisions, where and with whom they spend their time, and how they manage, communicate and inspire.
Published on: Monday, November 04, 2013
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a 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, John O'Connor, an executive career strategist joined me. A member said: "I am struggling with my brand because I am applying for jobs which require different hats. I am wondering if I should have different résumés. I suspect I should but am concerned that when companies view my LinkedIn profile they will become confused by the different roles I have filled and discount me. How should I best present myself to avoid causing confusion?"
Published on: Friday, November 01, 2013
No matter how much we have achieved in our careers and in life, there is always more to learn, more to share and more to experience. Being unable to manage multiple demands on time has been many an executive's downfall; we're involved with so much, personally and professionally. Sifting through the distractions and focusing on what's important is what challenges us no matter what road we're walking.
Curious how an objective observer would say I do in this area, I took Peter Bregman's quiz on How Well Do You Master Distraction?
I hate to admit it, but I scored a 51 out of possible 100! I guess I am still a work in progress! I hope you will do better.
Published on: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
There are thousands of books on leadership, all with relevant and insightful theories on improving leadership skills. Yet, when you boil it all down you are left with one four-letter word. If you focus on it you can change your success equation. Read The Cornerstone of Great Leadership (Boiled Down to a Single Word)
and find out what that word is.
Exploring how to creatively and cost-effectively externalize core competencies is now as much an insurance policy as invitation to innovate. If you’re not making more customers more core to your competencies, you are defaulting to enterprise drift. Give your customers the tools and the opportunity to make your core competencies more valuable to the both of you. Read more in Do Customers Even Care about Your Core Competence?
Conflicts can be healthy. The key is to know how to phrase your arguments so people will actually listen and to know what you are "for" and what you are "against." Read more in The Key to Healthy Conflict.