Part I: A SAFE Way to Win in Business

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“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!”

          –     Will Rogers (1879 – 1935), American cowboy humorist

Welcome to a four-part series on cornerstones for leadership.  It’s an election year.  It’s just past the peak of a 40-year cycle in Wizard Roy’s 40-year Pendulum.  Never before have business leaders faced the complex and multi-level challenges most businesses face today.

So, how do we aggressively, assertively, play it SAFE?

Today, the set-up:  SAFE –“Strategic Cornerstones for any business or team within a business.”

Yes, I like acronyms almost as much as I like alliteration, so here’s what lies ahead for this week.

S-A-F-E…

Strategy Over Structure

Awareness, Attitude and Acumen

Flexibility

Execution

Tomorrow, S & A get examined, Wednesday we look into being flexible (F) and Thursday we wind it all up into executable (E) concepts, before a Maxwell Friday edition on March 6th.

In the meantime, a few links for context…

Strategy over Structure.

Every time.  No matter what.  Strategy drives structure.  Get it wrong, it’s hard to get anything else right.  Too many CEO’s would rather fail with the structure they set up than succeed with one that will work.  Infallible is a suckers bet, and the more infallible we try to be, the more fallible (root word:  fail!) we become.  If the plane you’re flying is nose-down towards the ground, stop pressing on the stick, pull back and get strategy ahead of structure before it’s too late.

Acumen, Attitude, Awareness.  The biggest rock is Attitude (followed closely by Effort).  Upon that foundation we build skills, information, knowledge — our tools have to have a stable environment in which to be applied.  Think “sharpen the axe.”

Flexibility

Leaders must decide, and be decisive.  Leaders also must be able and willing to adjust when new information presents itself.  Inflexible leaders (typically twins or first cousins with those in the first example under “strategy over structure” above) a) aren’t leaders and b) fly their figurative planes, nose down, faster, into the ground in spectacular (and unnecessary) business crashes.

Flexible leaders aren’t weak.  They’re aware.  Oh, yeah.  More on awareness on Wednesday…

Execution.

John McKay was asked after his team’s loss (one of many) what he thought of his team’s execution.  “I’m in favor of it!” he quipped. That’s not the kind Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan wrote about in “Execution:  The Discipline of Getting Things Done.

See you tomorrow!  Make it a great Monday — make a difference!

 


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