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Leadership in the New Year

Posted by Dave Griffith on January 1, 2018 at 12:25 AM



As we enter into 2018, I have been reflecting on leadership. Upon review, I have concluded that organizations crave leadership; the good ones get it from every member.

When I look at high functioning organizations, they focus on talent, and they focus on their mission, vision, and values. What is it that you do? What does it look like when it is right, and how do you roll as you go about your work. Mission, Vision, and Values are just words on paper until you add talent. It is talent that makes an organization work, but talent that has the freedom and authority to leverage the organization's mission and vision with their skills and insights along with their peers and partners.

So how does that environment look? How does it get created and nurtured?

Some observations:

1.Relentless focus on talent in the hiring process and care and feeding once on board.

2.An early seat at the table in most decisions.

3.That clear communication of organizational goals and purpose is the norm in all things. The how and the why of any action. With a focus on whom do we serve?

4. The ability to challenge process and approaches.

5. Ability to pilot without a fear of failure.

6. Data and fact driven. Learn and grow as we do and have an environment of accountability. Performance matters.

7. The willingness to invest in people. To be a learning organization.

8. The desire to have a significant alumni association. Success breeds opportunity for individuals and attracts new talent. Embrace and celebrate mobility.

9. That senior leadership’s role is to coach, to wear muddy boots, to be intentional where they spend time, and allow elephants to be named and dealt with safely. If you tell talent what to do, one of you is redundant.

10. Everyone wears nine hats. No one is above any job.

Senior leadership is about leverage. How best to mix Mission, Vision, Values, and Talent to create impact. Sometimes the hardest part of being a head coach is knowing the game is played with you on the sideline. The hard part is who do you put on the field, what is the game plan, and how do you adjust once the game is underway?

That said, the real work gets done on the field of play. So if this is indeed the case, why wouldn’t you spend your time on the game plan and the players you put in the contest?


Organizations crave leadership;

the best ones get it from every member of the team.


With that as a focus, I suspect 2018 could be a pretty good year.

Make your own luck, leadership, and godspeed.

Happy New Year.



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