When you arrived at the top – as CEO, Division Head or Managing Partner – you soon realized that this was a wholly different game: broader scope, greater scale and increased complexity. You’re really good at what you know and it continues to serve you well. Yet, what got you here won’t get you to the next level without a shift in mindset and focus, without making an executive shift.
Simple models – applied rigorously over time yield remarkable results.
– Jack Welch, CEO General Electric
Think of the shift this way: if Leadership is about the future, mobilizing energy and building capacity to deliver that future; and Management is about today, delivering today’s results while improving quality and efficiency; and Task/Technical is about the work itself … then, where are you spending most of your time? If you’re like most executives, you struggle to keep your attention on the strategic and longer term as you deliver this quarter’s results and deal with the day-to-day. Which begs the question: who’s holding the strategic agenda? If not you, then who?
The stories we tell ourselves drive our behavior and generate results – change the story, change the results.
– Bob Devlin, Transformation Strategies
We’ve walked this road with hundreds of executives across the U.S. and around the globe. They’re all asking themselves these questions and grappling with these kinds of issues. They work in business, government, professional societies, universities and non-profits. Together we’ve discovered what’s at stake for them and charted clear, powerful ways forward.
If these ideas resonate with you, consider inviting us to join you on a learning journey through executive coaching, work with you and your team, or a broader engagement that helps your top several levels to define what it means to lead and enhance how they work together to deliver remarkable results.