You smell smoke. Then come flames! You run into the front yard and turn to look at your home with fear and dread. Now imagine your local, rookie fireman appears on the scene to fight your fire having only ever trained online with no real field-simulation experience!
Firemen train by fighting real fires in a controlled environment to learn how to use the equipment and how to make repairs on the fly when gear malfunctions, such as when a hydrant fails to turn-on as expected. Only experience with a real fire teaches the teamwork needed to work fast and handle unexpected problems.
Many organizations have written a crisis management plan and secured approvals all the way up to the C-Suite, but have never tested the plan in real circumstances to know how it works. Plans that have not been “pressure-tested” in a realistic, simulated situation risk that the team will not work well together and face higher odds of financial and reputational damage, or worse, when the inevitable crisis hits.
Every organization has, or needs, a leader. And it is true that the power of one committed, clear person can make all the difference in the world. But no one individual, even the greatest leader, does anything of much significance alone.
The best leaders know that it is not all about them. It is about their team. Consequently, one of a CEO’s most important jobs (see highlighted text at left) is to ensure that every team member knows what the leader and team expects from her/him to achieve planned results.
How to Empower Executive Teams
A good way for executives to know what team members need from them is to ask each to share views on their own, and on each others’, individual strengths, contributions, growth, and opportunities for development. Continue reading CEO Role→
At an as yet unspecified time in the near future, the revered leader of a high-functioning team must exit, due to age, health, opportunity, or some other compelling reason.
The way the team sees it, the exiting leader must bring in a new leader or anoint someone from within, though no team member is clearly the one to take the reins in the eyes of the others. The team is anxious and wants to know what steps will be taken when to secure a new leader. Continue reading Leader Exit→
One of the hardest things for an owner/founder/operator to do is motivate others to perform and grow to their full potential. Watch how the pride and endurance of a race horse transforms a struggling team into winners in this inspiring scene from Seabiscuit.
Equity models are strategic because: “Who gets What” defines“Who You Are!” That is, the way owners share value with those who create it has a profound impact on the firm and the owners’ ability to attract, retain, and reward senior talent.
Private companies often use a variety of innovative tools, individually or in combination, to navigate and conquer major changes brought on by the urgent concerns of affordability, competency, and succession or “equity inflection points”. Continue reading Equity Rules→