Managers muddle –
leaders inspire. Leaders are people who inspire with
Vision of how things can be done better. "What we are looking for are
every level who can
energize, excite and
rather than enervate,
depress, and control."...
6 Rules for Successful Leadership
"We are constantly amazed by how much people will do when they are not told
what to do by management." In the
knowledge-based economy, people should make their own decision. Managing less is
managing better. Close supervision, control and
bureaucracy kill the competitive spirit of the company. "Weak managers are
the killers of business; they are the job killers. You can't manage
self-confidence into people."
Articulate Your Vision
"Leaders inspire people
visions of how things can be done better." The best leader do not provide a
step-by-step instruction manual for workers. The best leaders are those who
come up with new idea, and
articulate a vision that
inspires others to act...
"Keeping things simple is one of the keys to
Have the courage to be simple.
Simplicity is practically an art form,
with many definitions. "Simple messages travel faster, simpler designs reach
the market faster and the elimination of clutter allows
Get Less Formal
"You must realize now how important it
is to maintain the kind of corporate informality that encourages a training
class to comfortably challenge the boss's pet ideas."
comes from the quality of your
vision and your ability
to spark others to extraordinary performance...
Face reality, then act decisively. Most
mistakes that leaders make arise from not being willing to face reality and
then acting on it. Facing reality often means saying and doing things that
are not popular, but by coming to grips with reality would things get
See Change as an Opportunity
is a big part of the reality in
"Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the
company into total confusion for a while...
Keeping an eye out for change
both exhilarating and fun."...
Overcome Resistance to Change:
Kore 10 Tips
Get Good Ideas from Everywhere
New ideas are the lifeblood of business. "The
operative assumption today is that someone, somewhere, has a better
idea; and the operative compulsion is to find out who has that
better idea, learn it, and put it into action ‒ fast."
Follow up on everything.
Follow-up is one key measure of success for a business. Your follow-up
business strategy will pave the way for your success.
Get Rid of Bureaucracy
The way to harness the power of your people is "to turn them loose, and get
the management layers off their backs, the bureaucratic shackles off their
feet and the functional barriers out of their way."...
In order to make sure that people
are free to reach for the impossible, you must remove anything that gets in
their way. "Boundarylessness" describes an open organization
free of bureaucracy
and anything else that prevents the free flow of ideas, people, decisions,
speed are the
qualities found in a boundaryless organization.
Put Values First
Don't focus too much on the numbers.
"Numbers aren't the vision; numbers are the products." Focus more on the softer
values of building a
Cultivate leaders who have
the four E's of leadership: Energy,
Energize, Edge, and
Execution; leader who share
values of your
company and deliver on commitments.
Create a Learning Culture
Turn your company into a
learning organization to spark free flow
of communication and exchange of ideas. "The desire, and the ability, of an
organization to continuously learn from any source, anywhere - and to
rapidly convert this learning into action – is its ultimate
Business is all about capturing
intellect from every person. The way to engender enthusiasm it to
allow employees far more freedom and far more responsibility.
Make Everybody a Team Player
Managers should learn to become
players. Middle managers have to be
Take steps against those managers who wouldn't learn to become team players.
energize. "We have found
that by reaching for what appears to be the impossible, we often actually do
the impossible; and even when we don't quite make it, we inevitably wind up
doing much better than we would have done."...
Create a truly confident workforce.
Confidence is a vital ingredient of any
learning organization. The prescription for winning is
self-confidence. Self-confident people are open to
ideas regardless of their source and are willing to share them. "Just as
surely as speed flows from simplicity, simplicity is grounded in
Fun must be a big element
business strategy. No one should have a job they don't
enjoy. If you don't wake up energized and excited about tackling a new set
of challenges, then you might be in the wrong job...
Be Number 1 or Number 2
"When you're number four or five in
a market, when number one sneezes, you get pneumonia. When you're number
one, you control your destiny. The number fours keep merging; they have
difficult times. That's not the same if you're number four, and that's your
only businesses. Then you have to find strategic ways to get stronger.
But GE had a lot of
"We want to change the competitive
landscape by being not just better than our competitors, but by taking
quality to a whole new level. We want to make our quality so special, so
valuable to our customers, so important to their success that our products
become the only real value choice."
Constantly Focus on Innovation
"You have just got to constantly focus
innovation. And more competitors. You've got to constantly produce more
for less through intellectual capital. Shun the incremental, and look for the
Now the fundamentals have got to be more education. More information
knowledge, faster speeds, more technology across the board...
"Speed is everything. It is the
indispensable ingredient of
simplicity and self-confidence are closely
intertwined. By simplifying the organization and instilling confidence, you
create the foundation for an organization that incorporates speed into the
fabric of the company...
Surprise To Win:
Behave Like a Small Company
Small companies have huge
They "are uncluttered,
They thrive on
Small companies grow on good ideas – regardless of
their source. They need everyone,
everyone, and reward or remove people based on their contribution to
winning. Small companies dream big dreams and set the bar high
and fractions don't interest them."...