Deputies are second in command empowered to act in their superiors’ absence. Chiefs of Staff give their leaders increased leverage by managing them, priorities, programs and projects, and communication. Each is important in their own right; but a Deputy’s leverage is...
Your chief of staff can give you increased leverage by managing you, priorities, programs and projects, and communication. Most leaders are unbalanced. They are relatively stronger or weaker across strategy, organization and operations. Those relatively weaker...
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.