When we improve leadership, we can improve anything. A modern organization is like a school of fish. It’s not about big versus small fish. It is about fish with unique skills and different roles, unified in purpose and coordinated in action.
A mother leads with her heart, the best of the offspring always in mind. Mothers teach us to be humble, polite and generous. We learn our most fundamental leadership principles from our mothers. Mothers are leaders who create more leaders.
Set clear, specific, ambitious and achievable goals. Measure and follow up regularly. Give credit and act with resolve. Zack Urlocker and Marten Mickos discuss performance management: a key function of a successful company.
A great way to become a better manager is to learn from the mistakes of others. Denny F. Strigl sees nine reasons managers struggle. They 1) Fail to build trust and integrity. 2) Have the wrong focus. 3) Don’t model or build accountability.
Introducing our first Boatside Chat with Zack Urlocker. Here is how you hire, when building a world class company. You need skill diversity, proven success and persistence. Take your time and hire attitude!
Building a successful business starts by putting the right people in key seats. Management guru Jim Collins defines six characteristics that any person in a key seat should have.
How can you lead a team at a distance, when leadership happens in the moment and in the place? You do it by taking the moment and the place into the online digital world. Here is how.
The purpose of management is to make individual weaknesses irrelevant. This is the power of an excellent management team.
An authentic expression of gratitude for a great accomplishment can be hugely motivating. Best rewards are immediate, personalized and unexpected.
Interviewing job candidates is tough. You must sell them on what you have to offer and assess them on their suitability in a short time. These six practices will help you.
The two most significant factors affecting the success of a startup are timing and hiring. If you get either of them wrong, you fail. We all have weaknesses and strengths. You should hire for the strengths and then manage the weaknesses.
The bitter medicine of feedback is not about being nice or positive but about showing commitment and support. Giving feedback will succeed when the subject genuinely knows and believes that you are committed to their success. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT How do you give feedback to a colleague or team member? And remember, feedback when given nearly […]
The most difficult meeting to manage are ones where some attendees dial in, while most attend in person. The chairperson must walk a fine line of balancing the two groups. Topic suggested by Stanford visiting scholar Niina Nurmi. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT How do you run productive meetings, when you have attendees attending both in person and others […]
We learn most from those we work with. They make us the leaders we are. But what makes an effective team? Here is a list inspired by Peter Drucker’s eight practices for executives. What makes an effective executive team Great executive teams may be aggressive or conservative, intuitive or calculating, conflicted or harmonious. But every effective executive […]
“Great managers may be charismatic or dull, generous or tightfisted, visionary or numbers oriented. But every effective executive follows eight simple practices.” Peter Drucker
What should a fast growing tech company CEO read? Here are my recommendations. Read the books with thought and implement the insights thoroughly. Each book will save you a year of trial and error. Must read All Peter Drucker books and the article Managing Oneself Good to Great and all books by Jim Collins Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey Moore Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton Christensen The […]