How often have you heard leaders announce a bold new initiative, only to watch it die a slow, painful death?
How often have you done this yourself in your organization or team?
Most strategies fail, not because they are poor strategies (although that happens – click here), but because they are poorly executed.
HBS Professor Identifies the Central Issue of Leadership – One Word to Help You Address the Challenge
John Kotter is a legend in the world of leadership and change. A Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus, author of numerous business articles, and consultant to Global 5000 organizations, Kotter is, “internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change.” (Harvard Business School)
Last summer, I wrote a post about being more creative. In it, I shared a process that a colleague and I developed and taught to thousands of people around the world. Many found the process simple and insightful.
I thought my readers might find a quick graphic or ‘job aid’ helpful as they work to employ the process in their lives. You can download a pdf of the graphic on the ‘Tools’ page. Just scroll down until you find the ‘8 Behaviors of Successful Creatives’ pdf.
The business world has watched Howard Schultz slow departure from Starbucks. He stepped down as CEO in April 2016 and as of this month transition to chairman emeritus. Many believe he will now turn his attention to brewing up a U.S. Presidential candidacy in 2020 (Fortune).
Upon his departure, I think it useful to spend a few minutes looking at what we can learn from the long-term steward of the coffee behemoth and his tenure as CEO.
It took retail giant and wholesaler Costco less than thirty years to become the second largest retailer in the USA and seventh in the world—without advertising. How? By growing a worldwide base of intensely loyal customers and employees, many of whom “wouldn’t shop/work anywhere else.”
Just last week, Costco’s earning report beat expectations for both top and bottom line (CNBC). The stock closed at $204.50 per share this week. That represented the high water mark in the company’s history.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an article about 18-year-old Ruti Olajugbagbe and learned three great coaching lessons. Ruti is the 2018 winner of The Voice UK Season 7. The show is a multi-week talent contest in which celebrities partner with contestants in an effort to be named the season’s best singer.
How Did We Get Here?
Ever since the founding of the first organization (whatever it was), leaders have struggled with this problem—how do you motivate people to give their best? Age after age of autocratic leaders used fear as the primary lever for engagement. Compliance was key. In the last century, scientific managers used the “carrot and stick” approach that was well suited to a population of workers with minimal education and low expectations. Then around mid-century, things changed. People became more educated and their expectations rose, forcing leaders to involve them more. That led to the rise of “participatory management,” which was originally supposed to flatten out hierarchies and democratize the organization.
Whether you realize it or not, your life is a series of negotiations. Some are grand negotiations that rarely come along and require sizable effort (e.g., buying a house, negotiating a job offer, or acquiring a new business). Other negotiations are more commonplace (e.g., settling on a movie with a friend, picking a family vacation spot, or determining how to spend a small financial windfall).
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