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Silence Is A Golden Strategy

SilenceSilence is a perfectly appropriate option in certain situations. The truth is that silence communicates. It does so very powerfully when used right. The expectation (rightly so) is that a leader should be decisive and should not be afraid of speaking out his/her decisions. Some young leaders misunderstand this expectation as the need to provide opinion even in the middle of transactions. Some of them also feel very impulsive about it and fear compromising their leadership image/ position if they did not speak out. Sometimes there is pressure from the followers to make the leader say or do something. Smart leaders understand all this. They use silence when and where it is appropriate.

My Journey To Improve Articulation

WritingAs a leader, have you ever come out of a meeting feeling that your articulation of a point did not reach all the audience?  Did you find it hard to get alignment? I have. Most of us do. If leadership is all about changing the way people think, feel and act, then powerful articulation is an important skill. People need to follow what you are saying before they can decide to follow your thinking and vision for change. When you have authority along with leadership position, people learn to tolerate you and will be nice to you even if they don't follow you.

My ability to articulate my thoughts improved when I changed my approach as below.

Leadership and Management

Avoid ChangeThe tweet from vineetsblog - True Leaders Are Also Managers. #leadership - set me thinking. As the HBR article says there is a profound difference between leadership and management. A simple thought came to my mind.

Take life for example. Each human has to go through the motions of sustenance. Human reaction to life can be categorized into three buckets.

In the first bucket are those who choose to drift. They just exist and react to the environment. They neither lead not manage themselves. Can we say they just follow nature! We still occasionally do see a handful of them around us. These are called lost souls and I quote the terms from Vineet's popular book named Employee First Customer Second.

Counselling, Mentoring and Coaching - What is the big difference

CoachWhen building his/her team, a leader should know the how and when of choosing from the three distinctive strategies mentioned in the subject.

Mothers in my opinion are instinctive leaders. I feel pretty confident that this statement can be assumed to have global validity. So we will use simple examples from the context of child development to understand the strategies.

Let us assume that a mother is teaching her kid writing skills. If she holds up the hand of the kid and guides the kid write the alphabet, she is mentoring. Mentoring is the process of skill flow from a skillful person to one who is learning.

Getting The Best Out Of Your People

LeadershipThis question on leadership style is a very common one. Is there a formula that works? When thinking about it, the first thing that occurred to me was that the question should first be turned around on its head. It is natural for a human to think ‘WIFMWhat is In it For Me?’. The leader should feed to the WIFM to be able to get something back.

Listening Actively

Active ListeningListening actively requires proper use your  mouth, nose, eyes and the rest of your body apart from the usual ears during the listening process. Henceforth whenever you are listening to another person, observe and train yourself on the following to become an effective listener. You will be able to demonstrate empathy effectively.

1. Look for visual cues

Let us first see how to listen with your eyes. It is said that the eyes speak the heart out and words speak the mind out. So it makes sense to keep eye contact and see what

Impact of Leadership on Strategy

Tight Rope WalkA leader 's focus and preferences impact the outcome of strategic initiatives.

Suppose an organization chooses to have a strategic initiative to upgrade their employees. The best of minds are brought to create a framework. The framework talks about fitting people to a magic quadrant of technical competence and business acumen and provides an approach to work the quadrants. It is now the leader's job to execute.

Magic Square

Some leaders prefer loyalty over everything else. In my experience, these are people who have some

Navigating The Gorge Between Strategy And Results

Strategy ExecutionFocused execution is the bridge to cross the gorge between strategy and results. Many get that 'deja vu' feeling when we bring up the subject of a world class strategy failing to bring expected results. As I walk out of our annual strategy session, I cannot stop thinking about the past and many strategies that worked brilliantly and a sizable number that flopped. In an earlier post, we saw what it takes to come up with a good strategy.

Execution requires two very important actions.

  • Communicating the strategy to all stakeholders

This is one key reason why even the most well crafted strategies have

What Do I Think Of Strategy?

StrategyA leader drives change. There are several types of change. Some examples are...

  1. Changing self

  2. Changing a community

  3. Changing a business from one model to another model

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