Leaders often have to break out of the molds other people set for them, says leadership guru Warren Bennis. They have to invent themselves.
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Bill Parcells, who has already led three National Football League teams from mediocrity to excellence and is working on his fourth (the Dallas Cowboys), operates on three basic rules:
Sure, leaders should be visionaries, communicators and goal-setters. But Pitney Bowes CEO Michael Critelli says they must be catalysts, too.
Sir Ernest Shackleton never did get to walk across the South Pole. The explorer’s huge ego had betrayed him when he set off for Antarctica in the dead of winter, despite warnings. Instead, in January 1915, ice trapped his ship, Endurance, within sight of the goal. In October, the crew abandoned ship, and as they camped on an ice floe, the Endurance sank.
If you’ve taken the trendy paths to “manage” the knowledge within your team or organization, give up. The corporate knowledge-management model has gone bust, largely because it’s based on a publishing model: Somebody extracts information from people and puts it in writing.
This is the story of a manager who saw a problem in his company’s purchasing process.
Bob Lutz is one leader who knows how to break rules