Leadership is all about inspiring and enabling others, epitomized by level four delegation. The keys to doing that well are 1) direction, 2) resources, 3) bounded authority, and 4) accountability.
Ken Chenault’s approach to board management + Bryan Smith’s approach to persuasion = the board two-step.
Being best in class in delivery or distribution cannot happen without a matrix and likely an ecosystem-wide matrix.
It’s fashionable to denigrate hierarchies. Critics suggest they are too controlled, siloed, and rigid. But they help create stability.
Your organization needs all sorts of leaders: artistic leaders, scientific leaders, interpersonal leaders, strategic leaders, tactical leaders and supportive leaders. Make sure you treasure all of them.
An organization’s survival is dependent upon its ability to adapt. Periodic fresh thinking at the top is crucial.
Reducing or compensating for biases and blind spots leads to more productive interactions, decisions and work
Treating everyone the same produces schools of average ducks. Instead sort people by performance and role fit and invest, support, cherish, move up, over or out as appropriate.
Instead of fighting human nature, design systems to make it easy for the selfish, scared and stupid to adopt them.
If you’re considering changing your mind and rescinding a job offer, you probably should – whether or not it has been accepted.