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A new-and-improved picture of Leadership Priorities

by Rick Baker
On Feb 21, 2013

Here is a new-and-improved picture of leadership priorities..


This picture shows the way leadership priorities need to be adapted.

This is the Strategic Picture. There is a hierarchy…

Strategic Thinking is the elite business function. Action without strategy will deliver, at best, short-lived success. In our commoditized world the pace of change is hyper-quick and every product and service gets copied as prices drop with competition.

Now - Leaders need step out of the rat-race and free up time for strategic thinking.

Leaders need to adapt by...

Creativity is key to differentiation. And differentiation is the key to attracting clients and growing volume and gross margin. Some folks have lots of creativity. Everyone can learn it. Leaders must lead by example or step aside and allow others to lead the creative process.

Creative processes are the way to Insight. And, Insights plus Relationships are the foundation for Influencing and expanding sales.

Here's a picture that captures that last point...


The Delicate Balance Required To Meet & Serve Client Needs




and, prior to doing that, a tool to help you



Business Plan: Writing Plans | Change: Creating Positive Change | Marketing | Sales

Comments (2) -

rick baker
8/11/2013 9:54:31 PM #

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

1. Focus on the Wildly Important. The discipline of focus.
2. Act on the Lead Measures. The discipline of leverage. (predictive and influencable, Lead measures get you to Lag measures)
3. Keep a compelling scoreboard. The discipline of engagement. Designed for, and if possible, by the players.
4.  Create a cadence of accountability. Holding one another accountable.


McChesney, Covey, & Huling
'The 4 Disciplines of Execution', (2012)

rick baker
9/2/2013 10:15:41 PM #

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

Model the Way

Commitment 1 Clarify values by finding your voice and affirming shared values
Commitment 2 Set the example by aligning actions with shared values

Inspire a Shared Vision

Commitment 3 Envision the future by imagining exciting and enobling possibilities
Commitment 4 Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations

Challenge the Process

Commitment 5 Search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and looking outward for innovative ways to improve
Commitment 6 Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from experience

Enable Others to Act

Commitment 7 foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships
Commitment 8 Strengthen others by increasing self-determination and developing competence

Encourage the Heart

Commitment 9 Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence
Commitment 10 Celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit of community

James Kouzes & Barry Posner
'The Leadership Challenge, (2012)

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