Famed management teacher and writer Peter Drucker states that “…the essence of management is communication.” We fully agree with Professor Drucker – a leader’s ability to communicate effectively determines his or her own impact, and the results his organization delivers. We find that leaders often struggle to improve communication, even when they spend a huge… Continue reading Watch Out: 6 Obstacles to Effective Communication
Vision defines where you want your business to go. Once your vision statement is in place, it is essential to assess with clarity and honesty, and, in detail, the current state of your business. Assessment of your company confirms where you are today. A clear vision and an honest assessment work hand-in-hand to define the… Continue reading Be Honest: What’s Your Current Position?
Establishing your vision for your business is the first step in developing a solid strategy. Vision is the inspirational engine that drives strategy. Your company’s vision should be a realistic statement of aspiration based on what you are today and what you want to become in the future. It should be practical, targeted, and measurable,… Continue reading 5 Steps to Create Your Company’s Vision
As we discussed in last week’s blog, the most effective leaders recognize when to shift gears and match their leadership style to the needs of the individual or team they are leading and challenges they are facing. Learning when and how to vary your leadership style can be challenging, but there is a systematic approach… Continue reading 6 Steps to Vary Your Leadership Style
Imagine being thrown into a job without any knowledge, training, or experience. That’s the position many managers find themselves in after being promoted or hired for their technical expertise, only to be put in charge of a team. Frustration abounds because leading a team requires a different set of skills than merely technical job know-how.… Continue reading Random or Purposeful: Choose Your Walk
As we recently discussed, open communication is vital for success. Poor listening leads to costly miscommunication, the consequences of which can be a recipe for failure: Higher stress levels, decreased productivity, increased employee turnover, lawsuits, low morale, misunderstanding, less creativity, poor customer service, and a loss of respect. When we employ ‘active’ listening, we vastly improve a… Continue reading ‘Listen Up’ for Success