Entrepreneurial Leadership

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Entrepreneurial leadership is a mindset. It is a mindset that is even more critical in today’s unstable world and is the sine qua non of crisis leadership. He shares these in Entrepreneurial Leadership: The Art of Launching New Ventures, Inspiring Others, and Running Stuff.

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November 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! As I was reviewing this month’s submissions to the Leadership Development Carnival, I was wishing we could all get together in a room to exchange these ideas more deeply and directly.

November 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the November Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, customer service, development, engagement, and more. Steve Digioia of Steve Digioia provided Leadership Series: Ron Kaufman. Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided 3 Reasons Why Great Bosses aren’t Bossy. Consider adding these seven ideas to your daily leadership fitness routine.

The CIO Paradox: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership Martha Heller bibliomotion (2013) The CIO “for all seasons” Rather than one paradox, as this book’s title suggests, Martha Heller rigorously and eloquently examines several separate but related paradoxes: Cost versus Innovation, Operations versus Strategy, Futurist versus Archivist, IT and Business Paradox, Accountability versus Ownership, Recruiting, […].

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The Seven Signs of Great Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

From this leadership, we developed a culture of fact-based decision making. As Craig’s CFO and CAO, I always appreciated this leadership style. Build great teams In the early dark days as CFO of Footlocker, we had a struggling company that was deeply in debt.

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November 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! As I was reviewing this month’s submissions to the Leadership Development Carnival, I was wishing we could all get together in a room to exchange these ideas more deeply and directly.

7 Guiding Principles for Developing Leadership Talent

Leading Blog

That leads us to Conaty and Charan’s first principle of the talent masters: The leadership team understands that the top priority for the future is developing the talent that will get it there. Fill leadership roles based on measured performance rather than just rough judgments and personal considerations. Your talent assessment/development systems should have as much “rigor and repeatability as systems used for finance and operations.” People deliver numbers.

An Effective Business Review Meeting?

N2Growth Blog

Another common complaint about Business Review Meetings is that nearly always the time gets hijacked with discussions on day-to-day operating or tactical issues, especially when we have a room full of engineers turned managers; they quickly dive down into trying to fix the problem right then. I had the opportunity to sit with Lewis Booth , former CFO of Ford Motor Company, who along with the senior executive team, led the successful turnaround and global repositioning of Ford.

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Leading by Cause

Lead Change Blog

He opened the dialogue, saying he and his leadership team had put a lot of thought into where they want to take their bank, and the vision they committed to was to deliver top decile ROE, ROA and topline revenue growth: a quintessential example of focusing on effect, not cause. For example, a manager might delay travel or defer other expenses in the last weeks of a quarter to create the appearance of lower operating costs, thus a better bottom line.

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Southwest Airlines 2011 Results Reflect Benefits of Servant Leadership

Modern Servant Leader

The company has been a role model of servant leadership since its founding by Herb Kelleher (and others). During the financial earnings call, CEO Gary Kelly , CFO Laura Wright and Executive VP Robert (Bob) E. Jordan reflected the company’s commitment to servant leadership.

Great Leaders Focus on the Why and the What—Not the How

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Steve Coughran : In my two decades of business experience, I have encountered many different flavors of leadership. great leaders leadership Steve Coughran

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How to Stop Being “Them” and Start Being “Us”

Next Level Blog

Sit In with the Front Liners – In our Next Level Leadership® group coaching program , we have high potential leaders shadow senior leaders for a day. So a senior director in operations might hang out with the company CFO for the day or a VP in IT might sit in with the CEO. It’s a great opportunity for the rising leaders to broaden their perspective and observe what it’s like to operate as a senior executive. The leadership team members didn’t lecture or drone on.

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Making the Turn: 10 Warning Signs You aren’t Shifting from Founder to Leader

N2Growth Blog

There are warning signs you may be stuck in founder-mode and not making the turn to leadership. Maybe your CFO is a family friend. Leadership is uncomfortable sometimes. And, you operate in a fishbowl. Leadership involves uncertainty. Leadership Opinion leadership

How Should Leaders Address Challenge Of Low Performers?

Tanveer Naseer

an operational strategy consultancy in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lars Sudmann, former CFO of Procter & Gamble Belgium, TEDx presenter, leadership and board advisor, and executive coach, believes that companies should provide consistent feedback to all of their employees.

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CMOs, Build a Relationship with Your CFOs

Harvard Business Review

But this makes the still lingering CMO-CFO disconnect even more significant, as both executives are now stewards of that critical corporate data. After having collaborated at David's Bridal to build a more effective marketing function (and actually enjoying it), we decided to share some of our observations, from both the perspective of the CFO (Gene) and CMO (Kimberly). In your preliminary discussions with the CFO, establish clear definitions, success criteria, and formulas.

Even “bad” cultures get some things right

Surviving Leadership

I also truly appreciated some of the business practices that leadership followed that I have missed in other organizations, including ones highlighted in McCord’s book.

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My Best Blogs of 2011

In the CEO Afterlife

I began blogging about leadership, strategy, marketing and life last February. There has to be a break from day-to-day operations in the process. In this post, I compare the ineptitude of BP against the leadership of Rudy Giuliani during a much bigger crisis. For as long as I can remember, the person bonded to the CEO’s hip was the CFO. Branding Human Resources Leadership Life Marketing Strategy blogs Business Crisis Management

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The Essential CHRO Roles Every CEO Must Support

HR Digest

But more CEOs rarely understand the true position of their CHROs, let alone giving them the necessary backup to operate in the required capacity. The HR is supposed to be a true partner to the CEO, just like the CFO. The CEO and CFO should work with the CHRO to establish the causes of misses in relation to the company’s social system such as how people work and not necessarily external factors. Featured Leadership Strategy becoming a CHRO CHRO roles CHRO Skills

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Developing The CEO Within You.

Rich Gee Group

Operational - Know how the organization works inside and out. Sit at home and map out your operational chain from start to finish.

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No Better Time


The CFO owns a couple. Mary Jo Asmus A former executive in a Fortune 100 company, I own and operate a leadership solutions firm called Aspire Collaborative Services.

Craft a Remarkable Personal Brand Statement! 29 Steps & Examples

Miles Anthony Smith

While many equate strong personal branding only to powerful leadership, there's a lot more that goes into crafting a personal brand statement. Great leaders often align their leadership values with personal beliefs and ethics of their own. Career Entrepreneurship Leadership

What Story Does Your Org Chat Tell?


Your org chart can tell a more informed story by adding compensation information, date hired, communication/leadership style, potential successors, and the development plan. Communication/Leadership Style. By: Gary Cohen.

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The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The harsh reality is that great numbers of leaders continue to operate in a vacuum by sequestering themselves away in the corner office and attempting to lead from afar.

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Ideas Plus Influence

Terry Starbucker

We’ve each taken on the topic of influence in leadership and are exchanging blog posts. For years, I operated with the belief that all I had to do was come up with the most brilliantly creative and strategically sound solution. Leadership is as much about learning as it is about leading – and specifically learning other perspectives.

You Can't Argue With Crazy | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Creating a framework for decisioning, using a published delegation of authority statement, encouraging sound business practices in collaboration, team building, leadership development, and talent management will all help even out the uneven.

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Leading in a World of Resource Constraints and Extreme Weather

Harvard Business Review

And as an HBS white paper points out, even some of today’s most mainstream executives — from the CTO to even the CFO — were once just new positions created to deal with “significant opportunities and risks emerging from technological or social disruptions.”

Three P's of business success

Lead on Purpose

in the 1980s, put it this way: “In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product and profits. Too often we leave the worries and cares about money to the CFO’s office.

As Work Changes, Leadership Development Has to Keep Up

Harvard Business Review

As work itself is changing, some of the basic tenets of leadership development are being challenged. And while that is a good starting point in helping leaders make new connections, see different patterns and identify opportunities and threats, it does not go nearly far enough in helping organizations develop the leadership muscle required to lead in the new world of work. employees, customers, free agents, communities we operate in) and so much more.

Introducing 100 Coaches: Pay It Forward Champions

Marshall Goldsmith

Called ‘The Academy Awards of Leadership’ by the Economist, Thinkers50 is the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking and sharing the leading management ideas of our age. Has been recognized as the World’s #1 Leadership Thinker. Operations Group Baring Private Equity.

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Get Your Workers to Disrupt Their Jobs

Harvard Business Review

In 1992 the company was in cost-cutting mode, and, as former CFO Orry Fiume told me, it was consequently offering an early retirement package designed to reduce headcount. Vince DiBianca , a senior partner at Praemia Group , a leadership coaching consultancy, told me the story of a defense contractor that shifted from making military satellites to commercial satellites. Managing people Operations Productivity

Get Your Workers to Disrupt Their Jobs

Harvard Business Review

In 1992 the company was in cost-cutting mode, and, as former CFO Orry Fiume told me, it was consequently offering an early retirement package designed to reduce headcount. Vince DiBianca , a senior partner at Praemia Group , a leadership coaching consultancy, told me the story of a defense contractor that shifted from making military satellites to commercial satellites. Managing people Operations Productivity

Avoiding Catastrophic Failures in Process Improvement

Harvard Business Review

The leadership got impatient waiting for demonstrated results. Process champions must have them ready for the day when the CEO or CFO effectively says, "Show me the money.". As I noted in a previous post "Keep Your Operations in Shape by Focusing on Management Processes," performance measurement (which is usually managed by finance) is one of four critical management processes for improvement program success. Operations Productivity failure failure

How to Get on the Shortlist for the C-Suite

Harvard Business Review

Every organization has a slightly different framework of expected experience, but I like to look at this through the lens of strategy and operations. One CFO I know managed finance for a spin-off firm when it went public and then returned to the parent company in a corporate position. Another CFO led finance for multiple units so he could gain a breadth of knowledge across the business before becoming the corporate CFO.

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Nine Do's and Don'ts for Dealing with the Disgruntled

Harvard Business Review

The former CFO did not go quietly. Meanwhile, the CEO and new CFO had to raise capital and revenues to make up for the shortfall, which the disgruntled former CFO blamed on everyone else. They need to see that you operate by principles. Leadership Managing peopleIn a volatile world, anxiety and uncertainty make people a little testy. Cranky people can drag everyone else down by spreading negativity and sowing seeds of doubt just when leaders need commitment.

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Who New CEOs Fire First

Harvard Business Review

Certainly we know that heads of finance and HR tend to move around a lot more because the skills are very transferrable, and in fact it looks better for an HR executive or CFO to show a breadth of industry. They don''t necessarily know what a great CFO really looks like.

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Case Study: When Two Leaders on the Senior Team Hate Each Other

Harvard Business Review

Lance was struck by what he saw in CFO Damon Ewen’s file. His CFO and his sales chief had been at loggerheads for a while. The team wasn’t perfect, but it was still operating at a pretty high level. I’m the CFO and he’s in charge of sales.

What It Will Take to Fix HR

Harvard Business Review

In the July/August issue of HBR , Ram Charan argues that the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) role should be eliminated, with HR responsibilities funneled in two separate directions — administration , led by traditional HR-types, reporting to the CFO; and talent strategy , led by high-potential line managers, reporting to the corner office. Put the most strategic pieces into the hands of up-and-comers passing through the leadership-development revolving door?

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The Best Strategic Leaders Balance Agility and Consistency

Harvard Business Review

And the most-successful managers must change similarly as they assume additional or different responsibilities through their careers, moving from head of sales to COO or from CFO to CEO. If you are a consistent operator, find a strong voice for agility on your immediate team or a mentor to push your creativity, no matter how frustrating that might be. Complement this organization model with operational process. Leadership Strategic thinking Digital Article

The Case for Lending Out Your Star Performers

Harvard Business Review

For example, the power company Tenaga Nasional could send a leader with strong operating capabilities to work for several years at Malaysia Airlines, acquiring skills in turning around a troubled business. The main driver for me was to be CFO of a quoted company.

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Overcome Your Biases and Build a Great Team

Harvard Business Review

Ironically, my story is a story of overcoming my own biases about diversity—and then using these hard-won insights to build one of the most diverse leadership teams and board of directors in the world. Recognize that a diverse leadership team delivers superior long-term performance.

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Competing on Service: Eleven Ways to Beat the Competition by ‘Hugging’ Your Customers

Strategy Driven

The U.S. economy is still in a deep funk, and for many small business owners that means business isn’t exactly booming.

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Why New Leaders Should Be Wary of Quick Wins

Harvard Business Review

As soon as you step into a top position at a company that needs to significantly improve the way it operates, there’s pressure to get off to a quick start. As a consequence, quick wins may soon be undone, or they may beget new leadership problems. The result: You will have more control over the pace of your transition to new leadership responsibilities and the company’s transition to its new era. Leadership & Managing people Leadership transitions Digital Articl