When it comes to the question of what makes for effective leadership, good manners should be top of the list. Manners is an overlooked topic when it comes to leadership. A lot of research has been done on the importance of good manners for great leadership.[Read more…] about Good Manners Makes for Great Leadership
It’s dangerous to mistake busy work for great work. Because, if not tamed, busyness kills leadership. How many of us waste our time and energy running on the treadmill of life, trying to keep up? Far too many.
Busyness leaves us stuck in jobs we don’t like. Stuck in relationships that cause us harm. Stuck in situations that leave us stressed. Great leaders harness the power of reflection to get off the busyness treadmill.
You need to learn to stop doing busy work, so you can focus on doing great work. If you’re going to focus on your best work, you must breakaway from busyness and make time to reflect.[Read more…] about How to Develop a Habit of Reflection
Leadership consists of two journeys. The first is the journey of self discovery, the personal leadership journey. The second, is the journey to creative leadership, to quote Steve Jobs, it’s the journey to “make a dent in the universe“. To reach their full potential leaders must make the shift from personal to creative leadership.
All leadership begins with personal leadership – the art and science of leading oneself. It’s the foundation, you must lead yourself first, before leading others.
Leading in a fast-paced, digital world demands a new way of working. Your ability to respond to a rapidly changing world is what makes the difference between success or failure. The need for agility is no longer just a nice to have, leading with agility is a matter of survival. Consider the following research assessing the longevity of Fortune 500 businesses over the past 61 years.
“Comparing the 1955 Fortune 500 companies to the 2016 Fortune 500, there are only 60 companies that appear in both lists. In other words, only 12% (and fewer than 1 in 8) of the Fortune 500 companies in 1955 were still on the list 61 years later in 2016, and more than 88% of the companies from 1955 have either gone bankrupt, merged with (or were acquired by) another firm, or they still exist but have fallen from the top Fortune 500 companies (ranked by total revenues).” – Fortune 500 firms 1955 v. 2016
Markets expect companies to constantly change and adapt. The message is clear. Either you adapt or you die!
Leadership is tough. Without a deep sense of meaning you’re probably going to give up long before you’ve reach your destination.
You should never embark on the challenging task of leadership without a deep sense of meaning. Meaning is at the very foundation of great leadership. One person who knew the importance of meaning is holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl.
In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp, along with his wife and parents. Although Frankl was released in April 1945, his mother Elsa and brother Walter died at Auschwitz and his wife died in Bergen-Belsen.
“Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.” – Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne, 1926
Bump, bump, bump! Does this sound like your days, weeks, months. . . maybe even years? Are you acting purposefully? Are you acting with intention? Or do you find yourself too busy to think?
The biggest challenge of leading in a VUCA world is the huge demand placed on a your time. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself running ragged, with little time for strategic thinking. The result? You postpone dealing with critical strategic change. Or, in the worst case, strategic issues go unresolved. Bump, bump, bump![Read more…] about VUCA Times Require Frequent Strategic Breaks