- Strategy: a plan of action prepared to achieve the major goals of an organization. In order to take strategy into consideration for your planning efforts, you must define your goals as they relate and support the Vision and Mission of the organization.
A Strategic Plan should answer the following:
~Where are we going as an organization?
~What is the environment? (external/internal, this is critical to the vision)
~How do we get there?
For strategic planning, I use the following definitions:
Vision - What do we want to become? (Aspirational)
Mission - Why do we exist? What function does the organization perform? For whom does the org perform this function? How does the organization go about fulfilling this function? (Specific)
Goals - are the translation of the vision for each theme and answer “what do we want to do?” *Key Result Areas - It is helpful to organize the goals under broader labels, e.g. Product Design & Development, Financial, Branding, Marketing, Funding/Development, International Presence, etc
Objectives - are quantifiable metrics that show progress toward our stated goals
Strategies - these are the action plans that when implemented will achieve the objectives.
Tactics - day to day and week to week actions we take to implement our strategies, meet our objectives, and accomplish our goals.
*** Strategic Management means approving only projects and programs that fit the scope of the organization's mission ***
Inspiring story here of leading through the adversity brought upon by drug and alcohol abuse.
From the post:
There is no battle more worth fighting that the battle to save a child. There is no amount of money that could change my opinion on the financial, emotional, and family decisions that we made. In fact, I would do it all over again for what we gained.
This decision-making process places high importance on gathering information and gaining the support of other people affected by the decision.
Leaders hold themselves accountable for their decisions even in the face of catastrophic setbacks. They continuously reach for bold and ingenious solutions, which energizes them and keeps them and their supporters committed.
If you don't do this, you may be a boss or an executive, but, NOT a leader.
Today’s show is all about connecting the dots between fitness and leadership in the context of helping others. Leaders are people who help create other leaders and our guest is a leader that helps her clients develop the courage to identify their goals and pursue them.
As you will learn, she helps clients do this at at the gym and at the office!
Beach Body coachand leadership development professional, Kat Cannella, joined us to talk about the strong connections between being healthy, working out and developing her clients ability to achieve their professional goals.
Successful leaders know that today’s motivational techniques may satisfy employees only long enough to achieve short-term goals. If you supplement today’s forms of employee motivation by instilling a belief in your organization’s mission and stress the importance of every employee’s contribution, you bring about commitment that motivates people forever.
The question is, “Is it possible to create this kind of environment and strive for market leadership?”
Like the wise Bob Burg says, "Interrupters can't be Influencers".
Good post here via @MettaSolutions on how to STOP and LISTEN.
Tip #6 is very applicable:
6. Silence is your friend. Don’t be afraid of a lull, a quietude, a silent period. Don’t yield every time to the temptation to fill the void. Be patient, revel in what Patrick O’Brian called “companionable silence.” Let your interview subject speak, and fill the quiet.
Wonderful quote from Coach Dan, @DanVForbes the creator of the #LeadWithGiants virtual community. As usual, Coach Dan helped me find the strength to keep going and re-inspired me in the process.
From his post:
In, Think and Grow Rich, a book by Napolean Hill, he tells the story of Mr Darby who owned a gold mine during the Gold Rush days in Colorado. Although Mr. Darby unearthed some gold, it wasn’t enough to keep him going.
He worked harder, drilled farther, and dug deeper looking for more gold. He became tired, frustrated, and discouraged. He began to think, what’s the use?
So, he quit. He gave up on his dream. He forsook his goal. He lost his passion.
In fact, he sold his mining equipment and the mine itself to a prospector for only a few hundred dollars.
Here’s the kicker. Within three feet of the place where Darby quit, the new owner tapped into a gold vein worth millions of dollars.
Great post here by Giant Leap Consulting on coaching through behavioral change.
Here are two critical steps:
7. Develop an ongoing follow-up process. The one key point of the follow-up is to answer the question, “Based on my behavior last month, what ideas do you have for me next month?”Notice it doesn’t focus on mistakes that might have been made. It focuses solely on the future and is positive. Then within 6 months ask the stakeholders to complete a two to six question mini-survey to determine whether the client has become more or less effective in the behavior he or she is working on.
8. Review the results and start again. It’s rare that a client doesn’t experience remarkable improvement. This process works when the client is serious and really wants to improve. The next step is to build upon this success by identifying the next behavior to improve. The continued cycle of success results in greater effectivness for the client.
As a kid, I was an overt and mean bully. As a manager, I learned ways of bullying covertly by hiding behind my rank. Although I may not have been as bad as other bosses, I was still a bully and very good at getting away with it.
In both situations, albeit years apart, I found ways to justify my behavior. I felt entitled to my actions! I was wrong both times and had to look in the mirror long and hard to face up to the fact that it was ME who needed to change.
Few concepts have received such widespread attention over the last two decades as that of leadership. Below, Guido Stein discusses the complicated balance between leadership and results, and considers the qualities that make a great leader.
Excellent scoop here via @RogerFrancis1. Professor Stein does a wonderful job of showcasing how leadership is different than being a manager.
From the post:
Influence. Leadership can be measured in terms of the influence the leader exercises over others, so that they do what the leader wants them to do and even want what the leader wants. Exercising such influence must come naturally, as in the phrase attributed to Margaret Thatcher: “Being in power is like being a lady. If you have to remind people that you are, you aren’t.”
Great post and free e-book from leadership expert Karin Hurt from @LetsGrowLeaders. I totally agree with Karen's views on Parenting and Leadership. Here is just one example:
It’s interesting to see leaders who take their servant leadership philosophy seriously at work, but have a more hovering approach when it comes to their children. In an effort to protect and scaffold, they actually overlook natural opportunities for their children to emerge as leaders.
The best way to learn the piano is to practice.
The best way to learn to do a flip-turn is to get in the pool and get some water up your nose.
The best way to learn leadership is by leading.
Our children surprise us when we stop looking for perfection and see the leaders that they are becoming.
- See more at: http://letsgrowleaders.com/leadership-in-children/parents-as-leadership-coaches/#sthash.CJBxqRX4.dpuf
Here is the blog post from my interview with @David Hain on my podcast#HealthyLeadership. David joined me to discuss the bullying trap that so many of us fall into in the name of achieving results.
Here is my favorite section of the post:
One rather abrasive executive actually told me:
“I don’t have time for this stuff. This is a waste of time and money!”
Like so many abrasive executives, he chose to criticize and ridicule the need to improve his organizational culture instead of the facing the fact that his staff was confused, fearful, and suffering from an extreme lack of trust in management.
I am fairly sure he had fallen into the bullying trap a number of times.
Use Instagram to improve your marketing strategy. Just because you create content or conversations on Instagram, doesn't mean it has to stay on Instagram.
Màny people think of Instagram as a silo – its own platform, unrelated to everything else you do. But there are many Instagram features and tools that you can take advantage of to improve your whole marketing strategy. If you’re only using Instagram to share photos on Instagram, you’re missing out on many more opportunities to market your brand....
Great post to read when things get tough and we question whether or not to keep going.
I love the image above because of its simple, yet powerful message and it goes perfectly with the tips from a Navy Seal to achieve goals that seem impossible very much like mine...
Here are two of tips that helped me the most today:
7. Be willing to fail.
When entering this phase of my life, I knew that statistically, the odds were not in my favor. I also knew that if I didn't try, I would never forgive myself. I decided that I would rather try and fail than be the guy who says, "I was thinking about trying that." You simply can't look at life through a lens of fear. If you take a calculated risk and fail, at the very least you have a valuable learning experience. Get back up. Dust off. And never, ever, be out of the fight.
9. Don't back down.
My favorite passage from the Navy SEAL creed reads: "I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight." Enough said.
This week on #HealthyLeadership, organizational development expert, David Hain joined me to discuss the need for organizations to support those who are being bullied as well as those who may be bulling.
The conversation of bullying lead us to the topic of how organizations may treat their employees when critical deadlines require employees to stay late or work through the weekend and how this can lead to rewarding abrasive and bullying behavior.
Is your organization falling into the bullying trap?
This post brought me to tears because my biggest inspiration was/is my mom. I could not agree with Karin more on this post, especially reason #2, taking the long term view.
Above is a long term result of my mother's life of leadership as she craddles my first born. She lead me from chaos to happiness.
Miss you Mami!
From the post:
#2. They Take The Long View – Moms invest deeply for the long run. They know that every move won’t be perfect, but they’re going for the long-term impact. Good moms and amazing leaders see mistakes as an opportunity to grow.