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July 14, 2017

Weekly Round-Up: Leadership Lessons, Achieve Excellence in Execution, Younger vs Older Executives, & Help Employees Get Your Strategy


Welcome to my weekly round-up of recent top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

This week you’ll read articles on 5 leadership lessons from teaching in a Middle School, a leader’s role in achieving excellent execution, the differences in coaching younger and older executives, leadership lessons from working 40 years as a coast guard, and how to create a line of site so your employees get your strategy. These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.

  • Five Leadership Lessons I Learned in a Middle School
    By Scott Mabry (@soul2work), Soul 2 Work

    “Whatever your profession, no amount of education fully prepares you for the reality of actually doing the work in the real world. That’s how it was for me…”
  • A Leader’s Role in Achieving Excellence in Execution
    By Robin Speculand (@SkipPrichard), Skip Prichard

    “In strategy execution, leaders are responsible for driving the strategy forward and championing the direction the organization is heading. This involves, for example, reviewing progress, coaching people, resolving issues, and ensuring the right outcomes are being achieved…” 
  • Younger and Older Executives Need Different Things from Coaching
    By Lois Tamir and Laura Finfer (@HarvardBiz), Harvard Business Review

    “We examined data from 72 executive coaching engagements we conducted from 2008 to 2014. Our data included executives’ scores on personality and emotional intelligence assessments, interviews with their managers and HR, and our case notes…” 
  • Leadership Lessons From 40 Years in the Coast Guard
    By Tom Fox (@post_lead), Washington Post On Leadership

    “Admiral Paul Zukunft has been the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard since May 30, 2014, leading 41,700 men and women on active duty, 7,800 reserves, 8,300 civilians and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists. In an interview with Tom Fox, Zukunft discussed the times that have tested his leadership skills, the lessons he has learned during 40 years of service and his 4:30 a.m. exercise routine...”

What were some of the top leadership articles you read this week?

—David Grossman

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