Friday, April 18, 2014

Learn from Reading 'Leadership 2.0': Result

     Strategy and actions are just the means to an end, but not an end by themselves. The end that we want here is 'result'. After all, you do all hard work to get good result. And, you need to have three following skills to get a good result: Risk taking, result focus, and agility

Risking Taking

Leaders need to take a good risk, not just in business decision, but also in other stuff. They need to move out of their comfort zone and try new approaches. That way, they would have a better chance to connect with other people. Use the following strategies to help you choose and take better risks:



  • Get rid of your ego, because it clouds your vision. Be open-minded, listen, and try new things.    
  • Face your fear of failure. Go off your comfort zone to try new things. 
  • Take a leap. Do not wait to be 100% sure. Try take a leap when you are 70% certain.
  • Small step. Sometimes, it's hard to leap even when you are 70% certain. Try to apply this with low-impact decision making. Apply the same principle to decision with higher impact.
  • Think long term.
  • Acknowledge your mistake. This is to take the risk of people do not acknowledge you in return. But it is the risk which worth taking.
  • Get personal. Do not stay away too far from your people. Let people know you more. People tend to follow you when they know what you do and what you care.
  • Tell the truth. This is especially hard, when it is a hard truth, e.g., the company is sinking. People will find out about it anyway. So it might be better if it comes from you.

     These strategies pull you away from your comfort zone but allows you to experience new approaches which might lead to better result.
"Your ego is a defense that shelters you from the world around you."

Focus on the Result

      Everyone wants good results. But we usually don't have enough resource to Let people know you more. all the opportunities. We need to focus on a few opportunities that our resource allow and make them successful. The followings are few strategies that help you focus on key results:

  • Frame your idea. It's like putting a picture in a frame. A picture looks more prominent. Framing is the process of using various expressions, e.g., words, facial, to make your message clear to your people.
  • Be there. Your presence is very important. It is much more important to what people think it would be. So be presence to your people all the time. If you are out of town, have a policy that people can reach you at any time. If you are in your office, have an open door policy to invite people to talk to you. From time to time, leave your office to see your people.
  • Communicate often. If you don't, people will make their own assumption or someone will tell your people about their assumption which might not coincide with what you want to tell your people.
  • Focus on what's possible, rather than obstacles.  

"People want to hear what's possible."
                                     

  • Reward result-focused employees. These employees try every possibilities to get the result they want. Reward them to encourage result-focused behavior.
  • Be clear and specific. Telling your object (e.g., to improve communication) isn't clear. You need to tell your people how (e.g., schedule weekly meetings) as well.
  • Give people feedback. Guide them to the right track. Tell them how their work can support the company. But remember "Feedback is meant to address the problems, not the persons.”
  • Follow through. Do it as an example. Make sure that you and everyone are accountable.

Agility

     This refers to your flexibility/ability to deal with changes but at personal level and at the corporate level. Here are strategies you might try to adopt:

  • Seek change. Don't let change find you Since change is inevitable, seeking change helps you become an agile leader who adapts quickly to changes. If you are active to changes, you might have got competitive advantages from such the change.
  • Think thorough consequences. This will help you locate positive change, and prepare for negative change.
  • Face uncertainty. Everyone is afraid of uncertainty. But, uncertainty is inevitable in business. Lead your people to face the uncertainty. Do not hide behind them.
  • Do not let your emotion take over reasons.
  • Try to learn from agile leaders. If you can, offer to take them out for lunch or coffee. You will have more time to learn from them. Try to make learning mutual. Share your goals, in regards to agilities, and how you are going to achieve them. Then, ask for their tips in return.
  • Adapt your leadership style according to your people.
  • Focus on positives. Sometimes, you have got into a very bad situations with many constraints. Try to focus what's in your favor. You might get a good solution.
  • Talk to someone not affected by the change. Change can cloud people judgement. People not affected by change can sometimes have better vision. Talk to these people. They may offer another point of view.

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Book or Audiobooks?

          Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post]. 
          There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into audible.com. You can keep downloading the over and over again.
    About the summary: It takes time to finish up a book. And, when you do, sometimes, you want to review what you learn from the book. If you do not make  notes as you read, you might have to go through the book once again. This can be time-consuming when you are dealing with a book. But you can still flip through the book and locate what you are looking for.

However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.


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