The 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

I found this article whilst viewing  LinkedIn, and thought it worth sharing here.

You’re the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here’s how to become the strategic leader your company needs.

In the beginning, there was just you and your partners. You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza. Now you have others to do all that and it’s time for you to “be strategic.”

Whatever that means.

If you find yourself resisting “being strategic,” because it sounds like a fast track to irrelevance, or vaguely like an excuse to slack off, you’re not alone. Continue reading “The 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers”

3 key concepts for successful goal setting as a leader

By Lead Change Group on January 5, 2012

Guy Harris is a master trainer and coach with the Kevin Eikenberry Group. He specializes in workplace conflict resolution and team dynamics issues. He writes The Recovering Engineer Blog and co-authored “From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership.”

For many leaders, January marks a time filled with conversations related to performance expectations and goals for the coming year. Most of the leaders that I work with say they want to set goals that will motivate and inspire their teams to higher performance and better results.

I fully support the desire to motivate and Continue reading “3 key concepts for successful goal setting as a leader”

Improve Your Knowledge Daily

Knowledge is a key driver of business success. Innovative ideas emerge when people are able to apply their knowledge to new problems. Unfortunately, in the modern business environment, the desire to learn new things is often trumped by the need to respond to the next item on the to-do list. There are no shortcuts to having high-quality knowledge, but effort spent learning new things effectively repays itself handsomely in the long run. Here are five things you can do to maximize the quality of your knowledge.

  1.  Stop and organize.
    At the end of a meeting, don’t leave your memory for what was discussed up to chance. When a meeting ends, don’t whip out your smartphone to check your e-mail, respond to a text or call your next appointment. Instead, take a minute to review the three main issues that came up in the meeting. Continue reading “Improve Your Knowledge Daily”

Coffs Harbour Experience

Recently I had the good fortune to travel to the Coffs Harbour region for a mix of work and pleasure. Having grown up in central NSW and experienced prolonged periods of very little rainfall and parched fields (I’m talking about the town’s playing fields here, not just the farmer’s fields) it was a welcome relief to visit the Coffs Harbour area. There is more rainfall here in a few weeks than my home sees in a year! The result is a verdant, lush environment with no dust bowls to be seen. I must admit that some of the locals commented that it was the wettest they had experienced for some time and were looking forward to a ‘dry’ spell. Some people just don’t know when they have it good!

I spent my free time (little that I had) . Continue reading “Coffs Harbour Experience”