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Deciding and Executing 101

Posted by Jack Showalter on Jul 21, 2016 10:02:24 AM

One of my sons asked me the other day what I do at work. He knows what my title is, but wanted to know how I spend my work day. I told him it was my job to lead the company, and he asked how I did that. I told him it’s pretty simple; effective leaders do two things – decide and execute.

We all know that “simple” is not the same as “easy”, and this is a classic case.

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Topics: leadership, decision making, execution

Leadership by Walking Around... In a Virtual Company

Posted by Jack Showalter on Feb 10, 2016 12:40:41 PM

In 1982, Tom Peters and Robert Waterman popularized the phrase “Management by Walking Around” in their book In Search of Excellence. I like their ideas and what they write. I am also a fan of John Kotter and his article Management is (Still) Not Leadership which is why I replaced “Management” with “Leadership”, which I think more closely defines the goals most executives strive for. Peters and Waterman borrowed from Hewlett Packard, and I borrow from everybody.
Whether the term Management or Leadership is used, the walking around part is key. It denotes personal, authentic interaction at a wide variety of levels within the organization.
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Topics: virtual organizations, leadership