Are there some skills sets you find you’re not very good at? Every one of us has strengths and weaknesses.Read More
Strategic Discipline Blog
Three weeks ago I was invited to facilitate a new customer’s Annual Planning. They’d been a long follower of the Rockefeller Habits implementing the principles on their own for nearly ten years. They felt they might be at a crossroads, anticipating they could breakthrough and achieve greater success with the help of a Gazelles Coach. It was an honor to facilitate their meeting and help provide some additional insight into the nuances of Verne Harnish’s principles and the book Scaling Up.Read More
What’s your employee engagement level?
In the first or second grade I recall being in a parade of students ushered into our small home town theatre to watch the movie Ben Hur. Going to a movie back then (circa 1960) was a big event. The theatre had provided our Catholic Elementary school the entire theatre to show the movie Ben Hur. Watching a movie on the big screen, before there were big screens in every home for TV, was awe inspiring. I’ve grown to love the movie. One of the conflicts in the movie is Judah Ben Hur’s rivalry with Messala, a roman tribune.
Developing your leadership skills requires time spent in the kitchen. It requires actually riding the bicycle, cooking the brew, communicating, leading, establishing your presence, and developing your people is a leadership evolution process.
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.
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.
Graham Weston took a risk asking our Growth Summit audience to give him comments good or bad about his company Rackspace. At the core of his curiosity is a commitment to a cultural change he began in 1999 which has sky-rocketed his firm to enormous growth and an envied position in a highly competitive expanding marketplace. A CEO from the audience responded describing an emergency situation where their server went down right before hosting an on line webinar at 10 PM on a Saturday. Rackspace answered their call immediately and worked through the night to help them get their webinar on by 6 AM Sunday. The CEO said it was the most impressive customer service performance he’d ever seen.
Forgive the short detour from the One Page Strategic Plan Quarterly priorities. Yesterday I had about 4 + hours of windshield time and listened to Gallup's audio on Strength Based Leadership. One business coaching tool that I've been recommending for my clients is the Strengths Based Leadership test. [A word of warning you may have difficulty navigating this site before you purchase the audio or the book]