2016 is less than 2 weeks away. When was the last time you did a “reset” of your core leadership fundamentals. Here are 5 that have caught my attention over the past month that you might think about as you set yourself up for success in 2016.
- Reflect on your “purpose” or as Mike Engels, Chief Revenue Officer for CWS Capital shared recently, “What am I trying to accomplish?”. Are you being your word when is comes to the greater good. Is your culture well defined, can you share your “core values”. How are you changing the world? Believe me when I say … less is more. You want everyone in your company to walk the talk starting with you, the Owner, CEO or President.
- A recent read, Danny Meyer’s book – “Setting the Table” is focused on the hospitality industry yet B2B enterprises can gain a lot of insight as we continue to focus on the customer experience.
Meyers wrote about hiring the 51%’ers. After 10 years chairing Vistage CE Groups, I encourage my members to focus on culture and hire for the things you can’t teach people. The things that are innate are, well innate. It’s an emotional skill vs. technical skill thing. As you review your key directs or L1’s, is there a “will” or “skill” area deficiency or a need for improvement? So as you start your 2016 employee onboarding efforts or your personal improvement plans to those underperforming in 2015, here the core characteristics of the 51%’ers:
1 – Optimistic Warmth
2 – Intelligence
3 – Work Ethic
4 – Empathy
5 – Self awareness and Integrity
Jack Welch said some 20 plus years ago, “By not aligning measurements and rewards, you often get what you are NOT looking for”. Eric Stumberg, CEO of Tengo Internet an Austin based wifi provider to the RV traveler shared with me this week he is setting a clear vision to his team and they now know where they are headed. His directors own their deliverables and it is Eric’s position to hold them accountable to a higher standard with monthly one-to-ones. He knows the value of communication, repeatedly, and every chance he can plans on sharing the company’s set of cultural priorities and non-negotiable core values. Have you, are you or should you spend more time on creating a performance based compensation plan for your enterprise.
Looking at my leadership books in my office, somewhere I read a cohesive leadership team trumps strategic planning. If you want to scale you business, Setting the Table author Danny Meyers shared these critical attributes for your L1’s: