Many executives today find themselves frustrated and not able to find sustainability or inspiration within their own organization’s strategic plans and programs to develop leadership. There is little real application for their Vision, Mission Statement, and Core Values because the terms are unclear and confusing, without clear personal application within the organization. Thousands of dollars have been invested in creating these tools and they sit on shelves, with no real connection or application to the people they were meant to serve. The Vision of an organization must clearly define where an organization is headed, while the Mission Statement tells us what we do on a daily basis to get there. Finally, the Core Values are the basis upon which we will implement and execute Vision and Mission. With these in place, a Strategic Plan can emerge that engages and empowers an organization, creating team and synergizing relationships far past just trying to be Operationally Effective and Efficient.
Businesses and organizations have been told since the 80’s that Operational Effectiveness and Efficiency was the path to success, thinking that reaching their profit goals is equivalent to “sustainable success.” This emphasizes many leader’s natural tendency to “control” and manage, more than lead or inspire. Though initially successful, the organization can find itself growing into a culture of “fire fighting and micro managing.” This exhausts leadership over time, drained by an improperly built infrastructure and isolated without empowering team. Management becomes problem solving focused leadership and their culture reflects it: Boards address problems, leaders start and end their day with lists of problems, executive committees overflow with unresolved problems, meeting agendas become a list of the problems which must be addressed. This focus produces a culture of conflict and control rather than real growth and empowerment.
In order to see continued success, achievement, and development, a sustainable organization should be focused on their issues as opportunities for growth; leading today to produce tomorrow’s success. By partnering with me, organizations find strength and team responsibility within their leadership. They build sustainable strategies that take them through changes in their business and leadership without losing sight of their Vision, Mission, and Core Values while creating a culture of responsive opportunity focused leadership that shapes their future viability and sustainability.
I can specifically help you define the following:
- Transition and Succession Strategy
- Leadership Assessment and Development
- Board and Advisory Group Effectiveness
- Culture Change and Team Design