Specific Tasks of a
Business Synergies: synergizing
corporate resources and
capabilities; filling white spaces and exploiting linkages among
Corporate Team: Looking after
the health of the leadership team and leadership development;
ensuring that the best people are recruited, developed, motivated,
and deployed so that the business can thrive.
Corporate Governance: building
top management team and
developing and maintaining high corporate moral standards in all
dealings, delivering superior value to owners and stakeholders.
18 Leadership Lessons from Colin Powell
Great leaders are almost always great
simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to
offer a solution everybody can understand. The result? Clarity of
purpose, credibility of leadership, and integrity of organization.
The most important question in
becomes not "How well did you perform your job since the last time
we met?" but "How much did you change it?"...
Contributing To Overall
Success of Each Business Unit and the Organization As a Whole
Helping the business units do a better job.
Helping the business units identify new opportunities for success.
Helping the business units to discover and build synergistic
linkages among them.
9 Signs of a Losing Organization
Lack of Leadership Skills:
fear of change; leaders lack entrepreneurial spirit;
managers do not lead,
they just administrate and micromanage; weak leadership development
Fast-Paced Flexible Culture
Set a Common
Goal. Mobilize your
common goal. Help them feel a part of something
genuine, special, and important, and you'll
passion and loyalty...
Your Business from Mediocre to Great
29 Obstacles To
7 Ways To
Improve Communication and Collaboration
Develop a "top-down" culture that
encourages and rewards open communication and collaboration...
and Expertise Requirements
corporate executive of your firm, you
have a critical responsibility for the direction and successful operation of
within your organization.
You must think innovatively about how your
company can create
sustainable business value. By its nature, corporate leadership involves
a complex set of issues that demands a certain cross-unit expertise, which
seldom is achieved through management experience at the business-unit level.
You must search for
and explore achievements that are possible at the corporate level
through cross-unit activity and the development of entirely new
Selecting a New Corporate
Leader: 3 Questions
Leadership is not rank, it is
responsibility. It is the lifting of a subordinate’s vision to
higher sights – the raising of a subordinate’s performance to a
higher standard. It is the building of a subordinate’s
personality beyond its normal limitations. A leader must set
strict principles of conduct and responsibility, high standards
of performance, and respect for the individual and his work...
To maximize your long-term success you should
strive to be both a
synergize their functions.
Merely possessing management skills is no
longer sufficient for success as an executive
today's business world.
You need to understand the differences between managing and leading and know
how to integrate the two roles to achieve organizational success...
6 Attributes of Successful
Creating, Communicating and Executing a
Clear Vision, Goals and Strategy. An executive's success is affected
by the ability to communicate a vision for a company's future, helping
employees to navigate through change and motivating them to achieve
within their organization. They supply a shared
to achieve more than they may ever have dreamed possible.
They are able to
articulate a shared vision in a way that inspires others to
People do what they have to do for a manager, they do their best
for an inspirational leader...
Inspirational Quotes from Great Corporate Leaders
"Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the
self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing
what they can accomplish."
Develop a Clear
The one quality that all
leaders have in common is that they have a clear and
for the future. This is something that only the leader can do.
Only the leader can think about the future and plan for the
future each day...
Successful companies are those
that focus their efforts strategically.
should be a stretch exercise, not a fit exercise.
To meet and exceed
customer satisfaction, your business team needs to follow an overall
organizational strategy. A successful strategy adds
value for the targeted customers
over the long run by consistently meeting their needs better than the
Leading Organizational Change
The amount of
change in organizations has grown tremendously over the past three
decades, and the rate of change will only accelerate in the next few
decades. No wonder change, and
leadership through change, are foremost concerns of CEO’s today.
Change: The 8 Stage Change Process
Defrost a hardened status quo:
Establish a sense of urgency
Create the guiding coalition...
Strategies for Leading Breakthroughs
So what separates
extraordinary leaders from proponents of the status quo?
They break the rules. Except, not in an arbitrary or capricious
way. When you look at examples of extraordinary leadership, like the
Founding Fathers of the United States or
Jack Welch of
GE, certain practices or principles become apparent. To start,
there is a
what the future will be. There is also a purpose,
something to stand for. And finally, there is a clearly articulated
Managing for Results
To achieve results, you should
develop a solid, sound, customer-focused, and
entrepreneurial strategy, aimed at
market leadership, based on
innovation, and tightly focused on decisive opportunities...
Achieving Extraordinary Results
The most important quality of leadership,
the one quality for which you want to be known, is extraordinary
performance, with the goal of achieving extraordinary
results then serve as an inspiration to others to perform at equally
exceptional levels. People ascribe leadership to those men and women
who they feel can most enable them to achieve important goals or
To achieve sustainable corporate growth, you and
your people should live the principles of
6Ws of corporate growth.
The "Six Ws" – what, why, who, when, where and how – are very powerful
words. Use them constantly to seek, either from yourself or from others, the
answers needed to manage effectively...
are the inner or personal qualities that constitute
effective leadership. These attributes include a large array of
characteristics such as
competencies, motives, style, behaviors, and skills...
A Leader's Mood:
The Dimmer Switch of Performance
do you work on attaining the consistent, emotionally intelligent leadership
behaviors that breed success in yourself and others? Here are a few other
suggestions to consider that can improve your and your team's performance...
Sustainable Competitive Advantage
Sustainable competitive advantage
is the prolonged benefit of implementing some unique value-creating strategy
based on unique combination of internal organizational
that cannot be replicated by competitors...
Leaders of successful, high-growth
companies understand that
innovation is what drives growth, and
innovation is achieved by awesome people with a shared relentless growth
attitude and shared
and for turning ideas into realities...
Case in Point
Silicon Valley Companies
Relentless Growth, Christopher Meyer
Balance between revolutionary and
evolutionary initiatives. First, Silicon Valley companies assess the overall balance between
revolutionary and evolutionary projects. The ultimate arbitrator of
portfolio stretch if the innovation leaders’ judgment, experience,
intuition, and luck...
How To Lead
Innovation is the lifeblood of an
organization. Knowing how to lead and work with creative people
requires knowledge and action that often goes against the typical
organizational structure. Protect unusual people from bureaucracy
and legalism typical of organizations...
10 Golden Rules
in. Almost every project at Google is a team project, and teams have
to communicate. The best way to make communication easy is to put team
members within a few feet of each other... Even the CEO shared an office
at Google for several months after he arrived. Sitting next to a
knowledgeable employee was an incredibly effective educational
makes work and creates climate in which the
– well after the management and the company's other employees.
How much of your energy is expended on purely internal
activities? if you spend less than 20% of your energy on external customers,
than bureaucracy has taken hold...
Building and Transforming
In six words,
corporate culture is "How we do things
Corporate culture is the collective behavior of people using common
corporate vision, goals,
beliefs, habits, working language,
systems, and symbols. It is interwoven with processes, technologies,
learning and significant events.
Cultural statements become operationalized when
executives articulate and publish the values of their firm which provide
patterns for how employees should behave. Firms with strong cultures achieve
higher results because employees sustain focus both on what
to do and
how to do it.
Corporate culture can be transformed, but leadership to sustain anything
that sweeping has to come from "the top."...
Leading Systemic Innovation
the key driver of
growth, and profitability.
innovation is systemic.
It arises from complex interactions between many individuals,
organizations and their operating environment.
Firms which are
successful in realizing the full returns from their technologies and
innovations are able to match their
technological developments with complementary expertise in other
areas of their business, such as manufacturing, distribution, human
resources, marketing, and
There are many parts of the whole field of innovation:
new product development,
creative approaches to problem solving,
idea management, suggestion
systems, etc. Though all of these components are important, in the new era
systemic innovation, you must
design your firm's
innovation process holistically.
Innovation is not divisible –
‘good in parts’ is no good at all.
are only as strong as their weakest links...
Competitive Strategy of Microsoft
Although Bill Gates, Founder of
Microsoft, built his empire on technological products, his business
mastery is even more important than his technical skills, and his competitive
urge is a huge driving force.
The early success of
Microsoft was founded on the company's 7-part competitive strategy...
Enterprise-wide Business Process
"Running a business without an
process plan is analogous to preparing for a big game with only a roster
of key players, no play-book and no practice...
Business process thinking is predicated
upon the central belief that it is fundamentally the complex,
cross-departmental, technology-enabled business process that
create value for
customers and shareholders."20...
Case in Point
Using the Best Practice at GE
business units employ a tool called the Trotter Matrix to check on their
use of best practices. The scorecard was developed by Lloyd Trotter, who ran
the Electrical Distribution and Controls side at GE. He listed six desirable
attributes for each of his plants and then scored each attribute...
The Tao of
The Tao of Business Success
helps you achieve much more with much less effort. It gives you advice that
imparts perspective and
balance. It applies equally well to
the managing of a large corporation or the running of a small business...