A few weeks ago, we discussed the marks of a master tactician. A tactician is project-oriented, fast-moving and responsible for the implementation of day-to-day tasks. We then dove into the marks of a master strategist. A master strategist values taking time to think, processing through the long-term impact of decisions while considering the views of others. But any leader needs to be able to combine a strategic mindset with a tactical base. This is a necessary skill if one wants to ascend to … [Read more...] about Combining a Strategic Mindset With Your Tactical Base
Master strategists are a rare breed of people. They are able to play high level chess and make it look as simple as playing checkers. A few years ago, I started working with a vice president whose role was to head up a Latin American department for a Fortune 1000 company. As we brainstormed different initiatives, he more than showed himself to be a master strategist. As his coach, my job was to provide an environment where he could explore various options for resolving the issues he … [Read more...] about The Mark of a Master Strategist
I am coaching a group of directors who all want to become vice presidents in their companies. These men and women are sharp, gifted individuals. Already they are making a significant impact where they are. They are master tacticians, skilled at executing the strategic initiatives set by those over them. There used to be a day when vice presidents could be either tactical or strategic. However, those days are gone. More and more companies are wanting to see that prospective VP’s can do … [Read more...] about The Marks of a Master Tactician
Have you ever witnessed an argument, where one person is saying X but the other person is hearing something completely different? Where the first person makes repeated attempts to clarify, but the second person still hears something completely different? Have you ever wondered why the second person is not hearing the first person? One reason is that the second person has an entrenched belief. Once we believe something, we filter everything through it. The more intense our emotions are, … [Read more...] about How to Ensure People on Your Team are Heard
You are leading a team, and you want them to do their best. As with all people, including ourselves, there are areas that need to be improved. Your team member says they will work on the change you suggested. However, you have some doubts as to whether or not they will make the change, and if they do, you wonder how deep it will go. Will it be temporary, for the sake of their job, or will it be a true transformation? How can you know? Furthermore, how can you help them, or coach … [Read more...] about How Do You Know If Someone Will Really Change?
If you are going to present to senior leaders, you need to understand that it is different from doing a presentation to your team or to peers. Senior leaders are focused on high-level decision making. Consequently, your presentation needs to support them as they make these decisions. Below are some tips that can be useful when presenting to senior leadership: 1. Over-Prepare. When presenting to senior leaders, it is really important that you over-prepare. Make sure you know not … [Read more...] about 8 Ways to Own Your Senior Leadership Presentation