Friday, April 11, 2014

Learn from Reading 'Leadership 2.0': Strategy

     There are four leadership skills you need to make effective strategy are vision, acumen, and planning, and the courage to lead.

    Vision

           Vision gives a clear direction for everyone. It motivates people to do the same thing. Unlike what a lot of companies do, vision is not for visitors. It is for  your people. Vision should indicate where and why you head the way you do. Make sure everyone understand your vision and the reason behind your vision.
        "Your vision must balance being realistic and feasible with being audacious enough to drive people and get them to let go of their routine. It should be brief enough to be easily communicated, yet detailed enough that people know exactly what their after."
               Here are a few strategy to draft vision:
          • Give them a purpose
          • Don't confuse value and vision. Value is more abstract.
          • Give them something to talk about.
          • Create freedom (for your people) do not micromanage
          • Test your question
            • Is my vision easy enough for people to see?
            • Does my vision motivate people?
            • Do people move without my guidance?
            • Is my vision realistic?
            • Is my vision easy enough for people to spread the words?
            • Would people still pursue my vision even without me?

                              Acumen

                                     As a leader, you need to understand your business more than anyone else. You don't need to know everything inside out. But, you need to see the big picture of your business, and to  spot opportunities that will give your organization competitive advantages.
                                  "Great leaders are every bit as practical as they are visionary. Practical knowledge is a reflection of you acumen."
                                    Here are the questions you should ask:
                                    • What event are shaping the world at large?
                                    • What event are shaping our industry?
                                    • What event are shaping our company?
                                    • What significance are these events hold for us?
                                    • What do we have to capitalize these events?
                                    • What do we need to develop to capitalize these events?
                                    • How will we do it?

                                                Planning

                                                     Here are seven Planning Strategies
                                                  1. Focus on a big picture.
                                                  2. Know the players.
                                                  3. Be realistic.
                                                  4. Be tenacious in running the plan.
                                                  5. Don't be too stingy on your resource.
                                                  6. Expect the unexpected.
                                                  7. Set and check against milestones.

                                                                Courage to Lead

                                                                       Courage is one of the greatest asset of a great leader. People need to know that their leader would not hesitate in doing what contributing to his or her vision. They need to know that what all hell breaks lose, their leader are ready to stand up and take the blame, not to hide behind others. When people see this, they are ready to follows.
                                                                    "Extraordinary leaders demonstrate courageous in the face of adversity. For the courageous leader, adversity is a welcome test, like a blacksmith molding a red hot iron. Adversity is a trial by fire that refines leaders and sharpens their gain. Adversity emboldens courageous leaders and leaves them more committed to their strategic direction. Courageous leaders turn the negatives of adversity into positive, as they move forward with a greater sense of purpose." 
                                                                           People wait and see before they follow. Makes people feel safe and protected, and they will follow you. Here are 10 Elements that make up courage to lead:
                                                                        1. Courage isn't about bravado.
                                                                        2. Courage isn't the absence of fear. Instead, it makes you more in presence of fear.
                                                                        3. Courage needs to be consistent.
                                                                        4. Courage is to speak up.
                                                                        5. Courage is to do the right thing.
                                                                        6. Courage requires letting go and allows people to do their jobs.
                                                                        7. Courageous leaders make no excuses. They apologize.
                                                                        8. Courage takes risk that no one would like to take.
                                                                        9. Courage addresses conflict head on.
                                                                        10. Courage challenges the status quo.
                                                                        Source: Leadership 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves 
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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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