Star Trek to Leadership and Beyond

July 1, 2009 by  
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Go see Star Trek! I have always enjoyed the show, but would not call myself a Trekky. However, this installment of the franchise will not disappoint and it is a great theater experience.

Not only is Star Trek good entertainment, but there are lessons to be learned from the series as well. Whether it was Captain Kirk, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, or even Mr. Spock, their observations about everything from goal-setting to meetings are often very astute.

Kit Eaton, writer at FastCompany.com, has put together 12 leadership lessons we can learn from the men in futuristic uniform…Read 12 Leadership Lessons From the Bridge of the Starship Enterprise…

Web 2.0 and Servant Leadership

May 5, 2009 by  
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I have had several meetings with companies and organizations inquiring about the significance, if any, of Web 2.0 and how it applies to them. It has been very interesting that even some of those that are in the Gen F crowd, are technology oriented, and do not see the practical application of this mindset for building and growing their organizations. Over the years of doing turnarounds, I learned early on the benefits of free-form task force and project team approaches for transforming organizations; blowing past the top down hierarchy that typically constrains growth and progress. This approach is also at the core of the Web 2.0 empowerment. A company that harnesses this style will succeed by developing servant leadership, empowering and equipping its workforce and customers to contribute to the overall accomplishment.

This will require companies to reinvent their management practices by luring the most innovative members of the Facebook Generation and meeting their Web 2.0 based expectations. Management guru Gary Hamel writes. “On the Web, every leader is a servant leader; no one has the power to command or sanction.” At the Wall Street Journal Blogs, he has a good article highlighting the distinctions between “The Facebook Generation vs. the Fortune 500.”  Read Article…

Socially Speaking, How is Your Word of Mouth?

April 10, 2009 by  
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I recently spoke at the Brentwood Chamber Tech Strategies group about Social Networking.   It’s interesting to talk to business owners and leaders about this phenom and their reluctance to embrace it.  One attendee contacted me and asked that I speak to their executive group about the topic, only to have the CEO decide not to pursue it at all, and they have completely ignored the entire area as a group while their competition is embracing it.

Everyone has always said that the best advertising is “Word of Mouth,” so why aren’t more companies participating in their own opportunites in the word-of-mouth dialog? The truth is, you are in the social space whether you want to be or not.  Elective absence is not an option because your competition, and most importantly your customers, are there and they are talking with or without you.

Carl Weinschenk has an excellent article on ITBusinessEdge on the subject and I have to agree with him that “Any company that doesn’t think social networking is a corporate tool is missing a big opportunity.” You are already in the Social Space because your customers are there and if you do not participate you are leaving it all to chance.  This article is also cross linked with some great supporting topics like:   six misconceptions about corporate use of social networks, executives who are leveraging Twitter, policy and procedure suggestions on social media and social networks, and more.   Read article Social Networks, Suitably Altered, Becoming Workplace Mainstays

When going gets tough

April 2, 2009 by  
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When going gets tough, get proactive and strategize. The inclination to immediately cut spending as a reaction to an economic decline is the business version of “fight or flight,” and can cause big problems. Instead, companies should focus on cutting only weak products. Moreover, instead of taking a wait-and-see approach, leaders should be proactive and use data in crafting a strategy.  Forbes.com

Do you wear the shoes of change?

April 2, 2009 by  
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And influence others to follow in your footsteps? 5 reasons many leaders fail to have lasting impact on employees
Only 20% of leaders truly influence workers in a way that lasts, research indicates. Some leaders lack influence because they don’t think it’s their job to influence others; other leaders simply lack competence; and others in leadership positions don’t realize that influencing involves more than talking.  ManageSmarter.com