BALANCING THE VISIONARY AND THE PRACTICAL

Having a vision for the future of your organization, a big idea, a grand goal!  It is hard to argue against the importance of these things when it comes to inspirational management and leadership and to the success and continued relevance of most organizations. The problem is that all three of these things begin as THEORIES. …

DON’T ASK IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO ACT ON WHAT YOU HEAR

I recently encountered the following story. A supervisor initiated an employee opinion survey designed, among other things, to identify what the staff thought of their performance as a manager.  The supervisor promised the responses would be anonymous and had arranged to have another staff member filter out identities before they reviewed a summary of the results.  Over a weekend,…

MANAGING FIRST IMPRESSIONS

We are all familiar with the power and durability of first impressions.  And nowhere is this more critical for a manager or executive, than those created during their first week or two in a new job. A manager’s new subordinates and colleagues will almost certainly have done some checking around and their reputation will precede them.  Even…

EFFECTIVE CORPORATE DECISION MAKING: STEP SIX IMPLEMENTATION AND FOLLOWUP

To be a manager is to make countless individual decisions for which you will personally be held responsible and accountable. However, in most organizations managers collectively are also required to occasionally come together at various levels to decide and implement decisions that will impact their entire organization simultaneously. It is these latter collective decisions that…

EFFECTIVE CORPORATE DECISION MAKING: STEP FIVE COMMUNICATING DECISIONS

To be a manager is to make countless individual decisions for which you will personally be held responsible and accountable. However, in most organizations managers collectively are also required to occasionally come together at various levels to decide and implement decisions that will impact their entire organization simultaneously. It is these latter collective decisions that…

EFFECTIVE CORPORATE DECISION MAKING: STEP FOUR INDICATORS OF DECISION SUCCESS

To be a manager is to make countless individual decisions for which you will personally be held responsible and accountable. However, in most organizations managers collectively are also required to occasionally come together at various levels to decide and implement decisions that will impact their entire organization simultaneously. It is these latter collective decisions that…

EFFECTIVE CORPORATE DECISION MAKING: STEP THREE HOW WE DECIDE AND UNANIMITY OF SUPPORT

To be a manager is to make countless individual decisions for which you will personally be held responsible and accountable. However, in most organizations managers collectively are also required to occasionally come together at various levels to decide and implement decisions that will impact their entire organization simultaneously. It is these latter collective decisions that…

EFFECTIVE CORPORATE DECISION MAKING: STEP TWO GROUP MEMBER REQUIREMENTS

To be a manager is to make countless individual decisions for which you will personally be held responsible and accountable. However, in most organizations managers collectively are also required to occasionally come together at various levels to decide and implement decisions that will impact their entire organization simultaneously. It is these latter collective decisions that…

EFFECTIVE “CORPORATE” DECISION MAKING: STEP ONE THE PURPOSE AND REQUIREMENTS OF MEETINGS

To be a manager is to make countless individual decisions for which you will personally be held responsible and accountable. However, in most organizations managers collectively are also required to occasionally come together at various levels to decide and implement decisions that will impact their entire organization simultaneously. It is these latter collective decisions that I…

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