Category Archives: Characteristics

Characteristic #15: Leading Transitions (Part 1)

By | September 30, 2013

[September 30, 2013]  Organizational “transitions” are those events when an organization takes risk to change its processes.  Transitions involve major changes to the organization. Organizational transitions are either internally or externally driven, require significant resources and planning to surmount, and put the organization at some level of danger of failure.  Some organizations are in a near constant state… Read More »

Characteristic #14: Overcoming Obstacles

By | September 28, 2013

[September 28, 2013] “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford  Keeping an organization on track (Staying on Plan) is a difficult task.  There are seemingly endless list of obstacles/challenges that hinder leader, team, employee, and organizational performance and mission accomplishment.  Some goals are externally imposed, like the… Read More »

Characteristic #13: Drive a Positive Culture

By | September 25, 2013

[September 25, 2013]  If employees enjoy coming to work and customers are pleased with your product and services, then you have a positive organizational culture.  A positive, healthy culture is the basis for improving your organization’s competitive edge.  The most senior executive leaders have the responsibility to drive their organizational culture in a positive direction.  While this is… Read More »

Characteristic #12: Mentor Programs (Part 2)

By | September 23, 2013

[September 23, 2013]  As noted before (Characteristic #11), senior executive leaders provide value to other leaders in a variety of ways.  One way to do this is to articulate those things that you see as elements for a successful junior leader (the “66 essentials”).  Another way is to ensure that there is a functioning and effective mentorship program… Read More »

Characteristic #10: Take Care of Employees

By | September 20, 2013

[September 20, 2013]  Taking care of employees can mean many things but what it should mean is that employee opportunities to succeed are in place.  The work environment and organization culture must be one that maximizes individual employee success.  People do work for money but there are other important reasons.  Research has shown that many times pay is… Read More »

Characteristic #9: The Right Values

By | September 19, 2013

[September 19, 2013]  Senior executive leaders recognize that values1 held by people will be one of the factors that determine the success or failure of that employee and of that organization. In today’s work environment, it is no longer politically correct to enquire about personal values.  This is unfortunate because there are values that directly contribute to a… Read More »

Characteristic #8: Developing Strategy

By | September 18, 2013

[September 18, 2013] He who defends everywhere, defends nowhere.  – Sun Tzu The senior executive leader is personally responsible to ensure that an effective strategy1 is developed and that their organization is properly guided along a path to achieve its objectives and goals.  Without a strategy, there is no map for this journey. What does strategy allow us… Read More »

Characteristic #7: Selecting the Right People

By | September 17, 2013

[September 17, 2013]  One of the key attributes of senior executive leaders is their ability to select the right people for the right job.  Unfortunately, sometimes people are chosen even to be senior leaders who turn out to be stunning failures. Choosing leaders is not just a difficult task, but new senior executive leaders should quickly establish their… Read More »