I have been periodically reaching out to Geoff and he has been gracious enough to me and I look forward to his insights. This next one is from Fortune's Alan Murray where he compiled a list of Leadership lessons for us all to consider on teamwork:
What's the best management advice you've ever received? That was one question we asked Fortune 500 CEOs in our annual survey. Their answers were terse, but enlightening. We offer you the best, below.
The most frequent theme was to focus on building the right team:
"You are no better than your team."
"Surround yourself with great people, and great things happen!"
"Hire the best people and give them the freedom to operate their business/dept., demand transparent communication and hold them accountable for the results."
Also frequently mentioned: "Listen":
"You have 2 ears and one mouth - use them in this ratio."
"Listen more then move with speed."
"Lead with questions, not answers."
The need to be ruthless in setting priorities was also a popular topic:
" Focus on one or two top priorities."
"Spend your time on the important, not the urgent."
"Focus your energy on a few things and delegate the rest."
And pacing was on the minds of many:
"It's a marathon, not a sprint."
"Nothing wrong with getting rich slowly."
"Don't get too low with the lows or too high with the highs."
"Start small, fail fast, scale quickly."
The importance of values in an age of transparency was another recurrent theme:
"Leadership is built on a foundation of values and only with strong values will our efforts to lead be sustainable and successful long-term."
"Always operate with integrity and excellence."
"Tell the truth."
"Do everything as if it will be on the front page of the newspaper tomorrow."
And then there were a few random chestnuts:
"Don't screw up."
"Prepare, prepare, prepare!"
"Company first, career second."
"Leadership is action, not position."
"Take your vitamins, you'll need them."
Out of the 38 quotes, the one about Daring to take chances especially resonated as I continue supporting the work at the Daily Outsider with its' Political, Technical, Social and Educational Focus. It is a challenging journey--no doubt.
As I have been finishing off these thoughts, I am also stepping back a bit on this Father's Day Weekend. It was a joyful moment for me as I updated my profile page on Facebook remembering and being so grateful for all that my own Father has done and the joy I had to hang out with my Maternal Grandfather. I was young when my paternal grandfather passed away--but I had a chance to hang out with him and remain ever so grateful.
One Grateful Soul.....