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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Work Process Flow Charts, People, Four Decisions, Leadership Team, One-Page Personal Plan, Core Processes, FACe exercise: Functional Accountability Exercise, Scaling Up Verne Harnish
A recent article by McKinsey & Company, one of the most prestigious consulting firms, Why Leadership-Development programs fail, notes four major reasons leadership development programs fail. Many of the reasons focus directly on the leadership program.
Leadership training is more than just setting up programs to train and develop your future leaders. It begins with how you train your people to be leaders in your present operating disciplines. Let me share the four mistake areas from the article and share how Gazelles Coaches and Positioning Systems treat these to prevent leadership-development failures.
Conflict is good. It leads to better decisions by providing a forum for your leadership team to be open and free with their opinions.
We’ve discussed meetings many times in this blog since they are a foundational element of Strategic Discipline and provide a cadence of accountability for your executive team. You should cascade these meetings throughout your organization as well to increase accountability. Did you know that if your business is conducting boring, routine meetings without team members providing their opinions, feedback, that failing to encourage conflict is putting your business in a position of severe risk?
Recently I had the opportunity to hear a group of team members extoll the leadership characteristics of one my clients through their Core Values review (discussed in this blog) Several of the team recognized his integrity, straightforwardness and absolute commitment to excellence. The messages were sincere, heartfelt and real. It was apparent they have great respect, reverence, and dedication to their leader.
My Wednesday biopsy results and most recent blog Four Purposes for Quarterly Meetings reminded me of the importance of good news and positive reinforcement in building a growing business culture. Recognizing accomplishments achieved at Quarterly Planning Meetings is just one step in the meeting rhythm cycle that offers good news and positive impact on your team. Daily Huddles include opportunities for every one of your staff to report on victories they’ve achieved each day.
Many business and leadership skills are counter intuitive. Take the idea of less is more. Most of us believe if we tackle more we get more done, when precisely the opposite is true.
As a Senior E-Myth Consultant for nearly ten years we had a specific process labeled “Special Decision Techniques” that we were able to provide for our clients to help them in decision making. This process noted four factors that make business decisions difficult: