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'You don't win a war with a defensive strategy' | Flanders Today

'You don't win a war with a defensive strategy' | Flanders Today | Align People | Scoop.it
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A Great Article


...too bad you are only getting the English language condensed version.    There is a European leadership segment  that values both innovation and long term growth.  While it has taken a hit in recent years the long term view of the world is still very much alive and well.  During the recession years European companies have swallowed a number of non-european companies with this same eye to long term growth. 


How does this help in aligning people?


When aligning people, they benefit from knowing that values for the long journey and demand for innovation and growth clearly guide actions.  And yes, defense is great but "You don't win a war with a defensive strategy"


By the way... The original De Tijd headline....  "We no longer live from the sweat of people"




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Jamie Peace (WG'13) : Leadership under Fire - Wharton Journal

Jamie Peace (WG'13) : Leadership under Fire - Wharton Journal | Align People | Scoop.it
Wharton JournalJamie Peace (WG'13) : Leadership under FireWharton JournalHumility and Empowering subordinates: Jamie built endearing followership with his subordinates by accepting his mistakes candidly and regularly engaging in feedback sessions...
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Jamie Peace is a Wharton student with 10 years of military service.   


In this student profile, every aspiring leader should take a few tips from someone who leads facing each day where the consequences of decisions are life or death. 


So what does a life or death leader rely on? 


1.  Being a student of leadership

2.  Confidence, Competence, & Proficiency

3.  Humility & Empowering Subordinates

4.  Setting The Example


Yep.  That's the guy I would follow if I had a choice.  What about you?  Who do you want as your son or daughter's leader in harm's way?  I know... I bet you want the guy who has all the answers and gives great  powerpoint presentations. 


Why is is that when I walk into a failing or soon to fail workplace the leaders rarely check any of these boxes?  In the past six months most western businesses have been working through some of the most difficult times since the Great Depression.  So was working on your leadership skills at the top of your list?  Perhaps you should test yourself on the last six months...


  1. What actions have you taken to learn something new to  be a better leader?   How did you put it into practice?
  2. What competencies and proficiencies did you develop further?
  3. What would my staff say  about your "Humility"?
  4. What did you do to empower and enable you team members?  (Hint: What barriers did you remove, what capabilities did you develop or support?)
  5. What has been the example I set during this time?  What have you tried to model for others? How successful have you been?


You do not want to compare your pay and responsibilities with the pay and responsibilities of Jamie Peace as he was leading in Afghanistan.  I know I don't. As a U.S. taxpayer, I believe we got our money's worth. 


I wonder if my shareholders and customers would say the same about me? 


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Sharrock's comment, April 13, 2013 9:33 AM
Good questions! Great questions to ask on interviews, I think.
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Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article - Wall Street Journal

Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article - Wall Street Journal | Align People | Scoop.it
Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This ArticleWall Street Journal"It is an epidemic," says Lacy Roberson, a director of learning and organizational development at eBay Inc.
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What will get in the way of your alignment initiative?  The same thing that gets in the way of work...the inability of today's worker to focus.  


There are the social media, email, and other electronic distractions however, this article highlights something we've seen reach dangerous levels:  overloading of complex projects onto too few people.  


For 2013, make one of your resolutions to simplify and balance work from one end of your organization to the other.  


How do you know when you have a problem?   If people talk as if the measure of success is how many projects you have in house at any given time instead of the number of on time deliveries...you could be drowning.  


Think about leading into the new year by


  1. Letting everyone know that success is measured first and always by delivering products and services.
  2. Measure thruput  for you main revenue items.  How long does it take start to finish? Watch over time.  Are you getting better or worse
  3. Make it a point to notice distractions and set about helping others to minimize and remove them from critical work.
  4. Create "Factory Weeks".   Concentrated work weeks focused on a single project or necessary accomplishment. 


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