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Great Ideas! Peter Drucker's "The Five Most Important Questions You …

Great Ideas! Peter Drucker's "The Five Most Important Questions You …
18,152 views From the late great Peter Drucker, a legend in management circles and an inspiration to generations of great minds in business (Jim Collins not least among them). This book is the essence of classic ... From the late great Peter Drucker, a legend in management circles and an inspiration to generations of great minds in business (Jim Collins not least among them). This book is the essence of classic Drucker: appealingly simple and yet deeply profound. Points the way to an elegant framework for thinking strategically about your business or organization. Statistics Views Total Views Views on SlideShare Embed Views Actions Likes Downloads 12 Embeds 366 More... Usage Rights © All Rights Reserved

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How to Master Situational Leadership There is a saying repeated often in the U.S. Army: “Where you stand is where you sit.” It means, in essence, that your perspective depends on the position you occupy in an organization. When 19th century general Braxton Bragg was serving simultaneously as a company commander and company quartermaster—the officer tasked with approving requisitions—he famously wrote a memo in his commander role requesting resources, then wrote a memo as quartermaster refusing that order. Bragg-as-commander appealed, was again refused by Bragg-as-quartermaster, and finally Bragg requested that the post commander intervene and settle the dispute. Bragg represented an extreme case, but in making each of these decisions, he was looking out for the interests of his team.

The Paul Principle Not long after he took the helm of General Electric in the early 1980’s, Jack Welch had his Eureka! moment. Just like Archimedes, Welch was bathing when he decided that GE would quit doing business in all industries in which they could not be the number-one or number-two players. It was that decision more than any other that is credited for positioning GE as the belle of the ball for the remainder of Welch’s corporate tenure. But I think the secret to the success of Welch’s decision was less about his insight than his ability to implement that insight. Any manager who has ever cut a business line, killed a department, or halted a promising product’s development knows that the decision to quit pursuing one path in favor of another course is one of the most difficult decisions to make.

The Art of Letter Writing: The Sympathy Note Source: Life Of all the letters you will write during your life, the sympathy note is arguably the hardest to pen. It can be very difficult to find the right words, or any words really, to say. We worry about saying the wrong thing , or we feel awkward talking about such a serious matter. Develop Emotional Intelligence The best leader is not usually the most intelligent person in the team. Instead, the best leaders have been found to be the most emotionally intelligent. This Workplace Development Guide provides 10 activities to develop your emotional intelligence while you work. Research has found that Emotional Intelligence contributes to around 36% of the factors that determine the successful leadership. Emotional Intelligence isn't permanently fixed, everyone can develop the skills. This Guide is suitable for preparation to stage 4 and beyond in your leadership development.

Collaborative Style of Leadership There are probably hundreds of definitions of leadership. However, at its essence, leadership is influencing others to accomplish results. Leadership is not so much about what you do and accomplish on your own. It is about what you are able to help others accomplish. It is about how you are able to influence other people to raise their level of performance to new and better heights and contribute more than they previously thought possible. In 1978 a biographer by the name of James McGregor Burns wrote a book entitled Leadership, in which he described the lives of people he felt were world class leaders—Ghandi, Mao, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Stalin and Hitler. Being a Good Quitter Makes You a Good Entrepreneur When we look at successful entrepreneurs, it may appear that they spend their lives relentlessly driving towards a singular goal. We assume the path to success was a straight shot, lined with mile markers throughout. In fact, it wasn’t. Entrepreneurs make it up as they go.

How to Write a Thank You Note Gratitude is a virtue every man should cultivate. Yet gratitude means nothing if you haven’t mastered the art of expressing it. A man should use every opportunity to express to those around him how much he appreciates their love, support, and generosity. One of the key ways of expressing gratitude is the thank you note.

5 Reasons Most Teams Underperform Guest post from Mark Miller: Have you ever been on a great team? I’ve come to realize over the years not everyone can say yes. This Highly Decorated University President Shares the 8 Attributes of Great Leadership There are leaders, and then there are leaders of leaders. Dr. Christopher Howard, a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), knows a lot about growing leaders.

Why You Should Run Your Business Barefoot This post is part 1 of a 3-part series. See part 2 here and part 3 here. Photo courtesy of Can We Call a Truce? Ten Tips for Negotiating Workplace Conflicts Conflict happens. It happens in all areas of business. When your employees spend 40 plus hours together each week, they are bound to run into disagreements and arguments that can hurt not only their productivity but the productivity of their fellow co-workers. And if such issues are not settled, bad things can happen. Good people quit. Profitable relationships dissolve.

Two Reasons Interviewing Fails Do you have other people in your organization interview candidates that will end up working directly for you? Just about everyone answers “Yes” to this question. The follow up question to that is, “Have you ever sat in the interviews with these co-workers and assessed whether or not they are competent interviewers?” I don’t mean co-interviewed with them. Leadership lessons from the Royal Navy - McKinsey Quarterly - Organization - Strategic Organization Britain’s Royal Navy is a disciplined command-and-control organization that moves across 140 million square miles of the world’s oceans. Although few environments are tougher than a ship or submarine, I’ve been struck, while conducting research on the Royal Navy, by the extent to which these engines of war run on “soft” leadership skills. For officers leading small teams in constrained quarters, there’s no substitute for cheerfulness and effective storytelling. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that naval training is predicated on the notion that when two groups with equal resources attempt the same thing, the successful group will be the one whose leaders better understand how to use the softer skills to maintain effort and motivate. I believe that the same principle holds true for business.