To be best-in-class we must think about standard operating procedures. That’s one of the commonalities we see with our clients who are taking a lead globally in the communications arena.
I’m fortunate to do some selective executive coaching as part of our broader leadership development and communications consulting work.
I was working with a senior leader recently who wants to focus our executive coaching time on “concrete projects.” I was trying to help her understand that our concrete project is her – she’s the focus of our work together.Read More
A leader’s personality and points of view are integral to his or her effectiveness. Employees respond positively to leaders whom they know are real people, those who communicate honestly and well. They want to know they are led by individuals who are willing to acknowledge their own strengths and weaknesses.
Inspire Employees and Move the Organization Forward
Articulating who you are and explaining your business priorities is a critical part of building a leadership platform that can inspire employees and move the organization forward. The best leaders understand they have greater capacity to build trust and strengthen their organization when they share part of themselves to earn the respect of employees.
I used to ask a lot of questions as a kid, which got me into huge trouble with adults. I constantly wondered why things worked the way they did (including us humans). “Enough already with the questions,” my mom would say. Like clockwork, she’d shoot back, impatiently, “Ask your father.” I never got a straight answer from him, just a pun, which often made me smile or more often, groan.Read More
There are countless ways to ensure that a message hits home the way you intended. Here are 5 must-do strategies to cut through the clutter and turn messages into meaning:
Remember travelling in the days before mapquest.com and GPS devices?
Whenever my family would take a road trip, we’d dutifully call the AAA office nearby and request a TripTik, which was a flip book that contained detailed directions that got us from point A to point Z. All the information we needed was there, including the estimated timing for each leg, so we could measure our progress and success.
Most organizations have their own version of a TripTik — a business strategy. Yet often, it’s locked away inside leaders’ heads, so the rest of the organization doesn’t know when the next turn is coming, how long the trip will take, and, most importantly, what they need to do as individuals and teams to make the journey a success.Read More
What it Means to Be Strategic
So what do executives mean when they ask you to be strategic? At a very high level, it means being able to see the big picture, not just of your department, but of the organization, industry, and marketplace. The higher you move within an organization, the easier it becomes to see the big picture. You have conversations at a higher level and are privy to information that applies to the entire organization (versus a more narrow focus on your specific area of responsibility). You also benefit from broader exposure to people who already think big picture.Read More
Welcome back! After completing the last Challenge, how do you feel getting your vision down onto paper? This will serve as a strategic framework for which all leaders and employees operate.
Now that you have formally written your vision down, the next step is to plan and be purposeful in communicating it to your team and employees to move your vision forward. Communicating well accelerates the path to your goals, which brings us to your next Challenge…Read More