Articles tagged "Leadership Accountability"
How long has it been since you experienced this: Someone on your team didn't do their job correctly, completely, or in a timely fashion. Because of that person's failure to do the job they're being paid to do (or the "Job" they've volunteered to do) you and others on the team are now scrambling to do your parts to ensure the final product or service to your customer appears professional, smooth, and of your expected high standards. If you're like most people and most organizations, that situation or one very similar probably happened to you at least once within the past week or two - right?
In facilitating a client’s strategic planning retreat recently, one the the board members, known for having a healthy ego, kept pushing for a legacy event that would carry his name. This board member was more concerned with having his name on something than on developing or providing a valuable service to their members. As he started to pressure others to support his wishes, I asked, “What’s a greater legacy: Developing the one-time event you’ve been discussing — or — creating a program that will help drive your organization forward while benefiting thousands over the next several years?” No one needed much time to identify the answer.
As I finished a client’s strategy session report this morning, I kept thinking about how the CEO has changed over the past five years since we last worked together. He’s still brilliant, tenacious, out-spoken, aggressive, driven, blunt, and not politically correct -- Can you see why I like him? Yet he’s changed. He’s no longer afraid to laugh. And that change has caused a huge shift in how he and his senior staff interact, plan, work, produce, profit, and succeed.
In this Pivotal Women episode, I'm interviewed by Lauran Star about The Art of Leadership.
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In this interview we touch on issues such as:
One of the professional organizations to which I belong had as its theme a few years ago: Keep It Real. It was meant to encourage us members to truly be experts in what we proclaim to be and do. To be honest, when I first heard the theme, I thought: Boring! However, over the past several months, I've come to appreciate it.
With the business environment continuing to be a challenge, it's been interesting to note the validity of Warren Buffet's famous saying: "Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked."
I vividly remember, as I was wrapping up a training program a few years ago, one of the participants said, "You actually know this stuff don't you? You actually do what you're training us to do." I looked at her and initially thought, "Well, yeah." But then I realized, "Oh my gosh! They must have had others stand in front of them who didn't know what they were talking about!"
For the first time in 22 years of business, I've also experienced a client blatantly lie to me. His business is in a desperate state, but his actions are what are concerning. He's not handling the situation as a courageous leader would. He's not respecting the business relationships that have supported him over the years. He's breaking trusts and relationships. He's killing his business.
There are far too many innocent victims of these troubled times. Yet there are many organizations and professionals who have been getting by, and as the economy has continued to pose challenges, are now being severely tested. When the economy was strong, it was relatively easy to hype less-than-excellent products or services.
But as the marketplace looks to make decisions more and more on legitimate value, how will your company stack up?
If your answer is "No," now's your chance to revamp. Challenging times are often the best times to revisit how and why you do what you do.
During your review process, it's also the right time to ask,
So, how good are you and your company at doing what you say you do? In tough times and bad, do you Keep It Real?
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Liz supports clients with strategic and succession planning, as well as leadership training and executive coaching.