As a CEO, have your culture building activities slowed to a crawl since March? Did you feel uncertain about their value and effectiveness even before the pandemic? Or does culture seem like something you should finally start working on?
I'm honored that Innovation Place has invited me to deliver this engaging webinar with other CEOs to address these questions.
You will learn and apply:
- The real value of a strong culture
- Why culture building is the CEO's job
- How to quickly define your culture so people will buy in
- How to strengthen your culture, in person or at a distance
Register here: https://bit.ly/innovationplace1
I will work LIVE in the webinar with CEO Greg Sutton on TinyEye Therapy Services' culture. You will leave with key culture building tools and guidance on how to use them with YOUR leadership team and company!
All CEOs are encouraged to bring their curiosity, concerns and questions. I will also stay on immediately after the webinar to address any additional questions.
Time: Wed, Nov 18 at 10am CST
Via Zoom: a meeting link will be provided to registrants
Register here: https://bit.ly/innovationplace1
I hope you join us!
I’m excited to share a book that represents, what I believe, is the missing link for CEOs of mid-sized growth companies.
Written by my colleague, senior Gravitas Impact coach, Kevin Lawrence, Your Oxygen Mask First is a breakthrough in the art of leadership and self-management.
There are dozens of fantastic tools to learn the nuts and bolts of growing a successful company. And there are a few methodologies, like our Four Decisions scaling up approach, that bring many of those essential tools together to make them more accessible.
The missing link is the CEO factor: the leader themselves and their skills for taking care of themselves first, so they can take better care of their people and their business.
The key point is that it’s a myth that CEOs can build successful companies sustainably by putting everyone else first. In truth, this leads to burn-out and tragedy. It’s a dirty secret we need to talk about.
Kevin wrote Your Oxygen Mask First based on the experiences and tools he gained over 20 years as a coach and advisor.
The book covers the 17 habits Kevin has tried and tested for leaders to lead well AND have a great life. I highly recommend it to any CEO or executive leader.
Book: 231 pgs, 3h46m audio.
I’m always delighted when I read Patrick Lencioni. I enjoy both his simple take on things and his user-friendly writing style. So picking up his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, was a no-brainer.
In the business fable style that Lencioni is famous for, he tells the story of the leadership team of a technology company. In it, he shows how teams can improve results by using his simple model to deliberately working on their team’s effectiveness.
Lencioni covers the five critical dysfunctions of a team, each building on the other. They include:
1) absence of trust, which leads to
2) fear of conflict, and therefore
3) lack of commitment, which results in
4) avoidance of accountability, and
5) inattention to (team) results.
After the story, further details on the model follow with tips for working on each dysfunction.
Out of all the team effectiveness frameworks I’ve studied and used, this one is the simplest. Yet, it’s still totally relevant and applicable.
The five dysfunctions framework is also one of the tools in the Scaling Up system I’m now using. And Patrick Lencioni is a Gravitas Impact Premium Coaches faculty member, who has presented at some of our leadership summits.
Book: 229 pgs, 3h45m audio. Soundview Summary: 8 pgs, 19m audio. Get-Abstract summary: 5 pgs, 10m audio.
Given we’re coming up to Christmas, I thought I’d share a little gift: for those new to Jim Collins’ Good to Great, an overview of one of the best books on organizational health; and, for those who’ve read it, a brief reminder of the insights from this in depth body of research.
Released in 2001, Good to Great studied what made 10 “great” companies great. Greatness was defined by a minimum 20 years of growth and sustained financial success that far outpaced the market or industry average.
The book debunked a number of myths and identified 7 key factors to greatness:
1. Be a humble, determined leader.
2. Get the right people on your team before setting your strategy.
3. Confront the brutal internal and external facts (yet never lose faith).
4. Identify and focus on your simple, reliable competitive advantage.
5. Create a culture of disciplined (and empowered) thought and action.
6. Use technology not as a sole strategy in itself, but to strengthen your competitive advantage.
7. Build momentum over time with small consistent, aligned actions.
Book: 320 pgs, 6h audio. GetAbstract summary: 5 pgs, 10m audio.