Monday, August 26, 2013

Forward-Looking #3

We continue our ten part series on Leadership Characteristics based on a Harvey McKay weekly blog.

The research for these ten words came from a four-year series of executive seminars conducted by Santa Clara University and the Tom Peters Group/Learning systems.  This list first appeared in Management Review Magazine).  These thoughts are my own creation.

Leadership Trait #3

When we think about someone who is forward-looking as a leader these ideas come to mind.

   Trail blazer

The phrase “Work on the business, not in the business” first came to my attention while reading The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber.

The essential idea here is that a leader needs to be a forward-thinking individual, and the best way to accomplish that is to work on the business, not in the business.  Michael does an excellent job of illustrating this and I encourage you to revisit his book.

When one works in the business, it is difficult to see over the counter, or past the stack of potato chips, or even past your family vacation. 

Families need someone working on the family also.  How are we doing?  Are we communicating?  Are we doing good and wholesome activities?  Are we operating according to the family norms we've established as important?

Leadership is a forward-thinking sport.  Effective leaders think of the next year to ten years, not next month’s profit and loss spreadsheet. 

What are you doing to be a visionary and predict the future of your enterprise? 

Someone needs to be the visionary.  Dream up the wings you need to fly to new vistas and then set your creative team loose to build those wings once they've been visualized.

Remember this:

P Michael Biggs
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One Word at a Time

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