Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner
We’ve all had a glimpse of the future. You know, that time when you imagined running your own business… or that dream of traveling to an exotic place… or that bold idea for a game-changing new product… or that burning desire to get an advanced degree… or that sense of purpose you felt when you signed up for the sustainability campaign… or that calling to join a cause and make this a better planet… or that uplifting sense you got when picturing kids playing in a neighborhood without fear. All of us dream of what might come to pass some day. Leaders take . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Kouzes and Posner
Recently a senior executive asked me to help him with a vision statement. He saw this as an activity that needed to be completed. Although he wasn’t clear about his vision for the company, he just wanted help writing a good statement that would satisfy the board. I don’t think he’s unusual.
I’ve been wondering what happened to vision. It used to be sexy. Is it considered outdated in the context of today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world?… have we “vision experts” failed to communicate it well enough?… have we failed to show how vision links to daily work life? … is the term so overused that it has lost its meaning? Or am I wrong and it’s alive and well?
The Future Is Not . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Introduction
Most of us know what Supervising Closely looks like. It’s doing things like:
Setting goals. Telling what needs to be done. Explaining how to do it. Setting timelines. Checking progress. Providing frequent feedback.
And most of us know what Delegating looks like:
You leave them alone and let them do their job.
If you want to be an effective leader, you need to be able to hang out in the space in the middle.
It doesn’t work when you try to jump over that space.
When you jump from Closely Supervising to Delegating.
Nancy decided to delegate her calendar to her new assistant. Her assistant took over scheduling like any other activity – she . . . → Read More: The Space Between Supervising Closely and Delegating
I just arrived in Sarasota, Florida for my 5 Around Retreat. Twenty-three years ago, we began meeting as a group of high level executives and consultants with the intent of using each other as resources to address… . . . → Read More: Why My “5 Around” Group is Important to Me and Why You Should Start One
I first became aware of Les Hayman in July 2012 when I read his excellent guest post for Gurprriet Siingh – “Transforming HR – How a CEO did it.” Les was uniquely qualified to write this post. Having served as Chairman and CEO of SAP EMEA (Europe, ME, and Africa) and President and CEO for SAP Asia-Pacific, and a member of the SAP Global Board, Les was asked to delay his retirement for two years to take on the role of Global Head of HR, responsible for all of SAP’s Human Resources activities worldwide.
I was quite impressed with his astute observations and the lessons he shared, and I immediately subscribed to Les Hayman’s Blog. As a regular . . . → Read More: What I Wish I Knew as a CEO That I Learned Later in HR
The results on her 360 feedback were troubling… for her boss… but apparently not for her. Susan was delivering great results, and she knew it. She had successfully led the effort to launch three new products since she had joined the company two years earlier. Bright, ambitious and well-educated, Susan had a clear career path in the company.
She was surprised her direct reports had rated her so low on empathy, managing emotions and providing feedback, and she reluctantly agreed when her boss suggested she work with a coach.
Susan hit the snooze button on her wake up call.
After a few coaching sessions, Susan decided she was too busy to continue and that she could resolve the issues on her own. Indeed, things . . . → Read More: How To Answer a Wake Up Call
It’s been over 10 years since the dismal results of the Gallup employee engagement study were first reported by Marcus Buckingham. Since then, the term “employee engagement” has become common place. With such a strong focus on its importance and over a decade to address the issues, it would be reasonable to expect improvement.
But the news is not good. The results of The 2012 Towers Watson Global Workforce Study indicate that 43% of the global workforce is either detached or actively disengaged.
If you are a manager, these numbers should alarm you. Perhaps you’ve had discussions about it or even tried to do something.
But before you focus further on your employees, it’s a good idea to take a step back . . . → Read More: First Engage Yourself: 7 Ways to Increase Your Own Engagement and Satisfaction
Collaborative leaders create communities where people unite around a common purpose and values, working collaboratively to accomplish a shared vision that makes a powerful and positive impact.
Their job is to champion the vision, provide resources and remove roadblocks. How do they do this? Some of these 12 behaviors could describe any leader. But when you look at them altogether, a pattern emerges that is quite different from traditional leaders.
1. Flatten things.
They flatten the traditional hierarchical chain of command and create networks. They also flatten compensation structures so the difference in pay-scale between the top and bottom is not astronomical.
2. Allow leadership to emerge.
They let go of the need to be in control because they trust in . . . → Read More: 12 Things Collaborative Leaders Do