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    Wednesday
    Apr252012

    Vladimir Putin - Action Man.  You?

    A couple of years ago Russian President Vladimir Putin had just served his second term as Russian President. He wanted to keep going as an influential political figure in Russia, so undertook an image campaign to position himself to the Russian people as a man of action. There are well publicised photos of him doing unbelievable stuff - driving a Formula 1 car, harpooning a whale, piloting a fire fighting plane and many others - click here for photos.
     
    The point is this - actions speak louder than words. While you may not need to put on a Putin-like show for the people that follow you in your organisation, you do need to be action-oriented. Your action, and your inaction will say more about you as a leader than your words. Leaders need to walk the talk.

    I find the thing that stops most of us taking action is indecision - not knowing if we are doing the best thing? Indecision that leads to inaction erodes our image as an effective leader. When you are not sure what to do, do something. It's a whole lot better than doing nothing.

    Cheers

    Greg

    Tuesday
    Apr102012

    Culture eats strategy for breakfast!

    Those of you who know me will back up that I am a stickler for sound strategic planning for any organisation. I believe that for an organisation to be successful there should be a clear vision, several key result areas, KPI's and an action plan to pull it all together and make it happen.

    But I recently heard 'culture eats strategy for breakfast', and it stopped me in my tracks. It simply means that the best plans will come unstuck if there is not a strong, positive culture to support them. I think many of us over emphasise the need for strategy and take our eye off the culture ball. Both are essential but time spent planning will be a waste if we don't spend time on the people stuff.

    Whose responsibility is it to create a strong positive culture? No prizes for guessing - the leader! The leader has the responsibility to create an environment where people are happy, get on well with each other, are fully engaged and want to follow. Balance your future planning efforts by joining the culture club.

    Cheers

    Greg

    Tuesday
    Mar272012

    Are you the real deal or a cheap fake?

    I want to talk about the importance of authenticity for a leader.

    Being authentic means that you are the real deal. You are who you say you are. You do what you say you will do. You are a straight talker and a straight shooter. People like and respect these things in leaders.

    What's the alternative? Leaders who lack authenticity are like a cheap, fake watch from Bali - shiny and new on the outside, lacking integrity on the inside. I remember being offered a 'real' Rolex for about $10AUD. I thought about it for a millisecond, then I realised what message I would be sending to everyone who admired it - that I am happy to deceive you. If you want people to follow you then you have to be the real deal. You have to be clear about your values and principles and you must apply them consistently to how you lead your life.

    Some people have some success in leading others, despite being less than authentic, but you can only fool some of the people some of the time. Most get found out and once you have lost the trust of others, it's a long way back.

    Be true, be real. Authenticity matters.

    Cheers

    Greg

    Friday
    Mar162012

    How's your vision?

    Guess what? I'm not talking about how good your eyes are!

    Leaders must have a vision for the future. Simply, that means they should be able to tell you what their picture of the future looks like. Without a vision we are simply working in the day to day, much like a hamster on a wheel. Running like crazy but not getting anywhere. Now some of you are thinking "it's not up to me to develop a vision for the organisation". I would simply say "what's your vision for your department, your team, this year's or this month's performance"? Another great question is "what's your vision for yourself"?

    Think about when your family is planning a great holiday - it starts with them imagining themselves on the beach or snow skiing or trekking or whatever. It starts with a vision - then you work out how to make it happen!

    An important part of the Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program is assisting aspiring leaders to develop a vision for the future. All of our programs - speaking, mentoring and training have this as a core element. Believe it or not, there are proven techniques to help you develop this skill - and it's essential to effective leadership. Give me a call if you would like to discuss.

    Cheers

    Greg

    Friday
    Mar162012

    Welcome to Licence to Lead

    Over the past decade I've been busy being a consultant, trainer, facilitator, coach and mentor. What has excited me most in this work is when I have been able to inspire someone to step up and take on more responsibility and act more as a leader than just a manager. As a result, I have formalised my thoughts and philosophies into the Licence to Lead Leadership Development Program. 

    I'll be writing this regular newsletter to share some of my thoughts and I hope that you will gain some insights from them. I'll be including special offers and free stuff, so if you would like to continue to receive this newsletter, you don't need to do anything. If you'd prefer not to receive it, please just click on unsubscribe below.

    I look forward to keeping in touch on your leadership journey.

    Cheers

    Greg
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