The Leadership Playbook: Execute Before Change

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New leaders often believe that they need to immediately make change. Some believe that the faster they change things the better their results. Other leaders believe the more they change things the better. Sometimes change is necessary, and sometimes fast change is what's needed. … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Build Leaders

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It’s easy to see a leader’s legacy. That legacy is the leaders that she has built while she had the responsibility to lead. You can’t be a leader if no one is following you. But the measure of your success as a leader isn’t the raw number of people you lead. Success isn’t … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Deal With Constraints

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There is a reason most organizations don’t produce the results they are capable of producing. This same reason is why companies get stuck, stall, and sometimes even die. And it is the leader’s job to deal with this natural cause in order to move her organization forward, to fuel … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: The Lifeboat Exercise

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You are in a lifeboat. You are sinking fast. You are surrounded by your ten biggest initiatives. They’re all important to your success, and they’re all heavy. To right the ship and save yourself, seven of your initiatives are going to have to be thrown overboard. But first, know … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Over-Communicate

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Once I was speaking at a conference when the CEO of the company leaned over and whispered in my ear. He said, “I am giving the same speech I’ve given the last two years. The stories are different. The examples are different, too. But it’s the same message.” The CEO wondered … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Don’t Have Off Days

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It’s funny that people criticize the President for taking vacations (Bush) or playing golf (Obama). Do you think the President of the United States is ever really “off?” His day still starts with CIA and NSA briefings and threat assessments of the three or four hundred things … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Teach Values

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My friend, Howard Bloom, tells a story about Japanese macaques (monkeys). He says that “an innovative leader can spread new practices through the group in hours. But a conservative monkey leader, a dictatorial defender of the traditions he’s inherited or created, can force the … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Relentless Accountability

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I watched an interview with Jamie Dimon, famed CEO of Chase. The interviewer had heard about a list Dimon carried with him in his pocket. It was handwritten, and he carries it with him at all times. The list is pages long, and it is a record of everything that any of his direct … [Read more...]