Thought Leadership

The Seven Principles For Team Effectiveness

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Leading change is, by definition, what good leaders do. Failure rates are high. How to succeed? Growth River's Journey is a universal framework for unleashing the potential of any business, team or organization. It is founded on seven principles. It is designed to be applied a part of a regular planning cycle. It addresses both business culture and business model issues at the same time. And it can be customized to flexibly incorporate pretty much any kind of methodology or solution required.

Do You Know Your Mindset Score?

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In this article we introduce an effective and enlightening scoring approach for leaders and teams to talk about leadership mindset. We also describe how to use this approach in a powerful exercise with your team.

It’s an approach we’ve used successfully to shift the mindsets of hundreds of leaders. If you lead others, this is something you should know about.

How A Team Aligns Strategies Across An Enterprise

This video covers a team-based approach to designing and aligning strategies (3:31 mins).

Here are 4 key take aways to watch for:

  • A definition of a business (very viral)

  • The Business Triangle

  • The 7 Key Business Scope Decisions

  • A process for aligning strategies across businesses and functions

Getting A Handle On Slippery Business Culture Conversations And Making Personal Accountability The Cornerstone Value

As the legendary consultant Peter Drucker once said, “Culture eats strategy for business.” This implies that effective leaders will make their business cultures explicit. There's just one problem. The idea of a business culture can be notoriously ambiguous.

Indeed, business culture is a topic that some people may prefer stays ambiguous because this lack of clarity works for them, leaving room to renegotiate topics like: product and service quality, fair compensation, access to resources and exposure to downside risks. 

This article describes a framework and practical steps for leaders and teams to get a handle on slippery business culture conversations. Benefits of applying this approach can include: leaders being able to lead more and manage less, accelerating innovation and leadership development and upgrading strategic thinking and focus. If you desire these kinds of goals, read on.

Seven Anchors For A Compelling Case For Change

Without a clear and compelling case for change, it is easy for major change initiatives to drift, hit the cliffs and sink. This article recommends setting seven anchors. If just one of these anchors is missing you can expect danger. We are not talking theory. The need for each of these anchors comes from real world experience guiding major high-stakes change initiatives including; business model turnarounds, post merger integrations and business culture overhauls. Read this article, apply these anchors and avoid failure.

Steve Jobs And Leadership Success

Rip Steve JobsWired Magazine just published this worthwhile read, The Story of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration or a Cautionary Tale?. It asks whether Jobs' thorny, authoritarian approach to leadership should be emulated. It's a good article, but it misses a big point: Jobs success may not be due to his rude-boy style. It may be more attributable to his entrepreneurial vision and the historical moment in which he lived and created.

Henry Ford also built an incredible company. Like Jobs, he was uncompromising. He broke conventions. It was a bold, brilliant move to pay his workers more, buffeting the advice of his board. By all accounts, Ford demanded the performance of others that he demanded of himself. Yet he was also an infamous anti-semite and basically toxic human being...

Change Leadership, Defined

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Because the world is changing fast, leading change is perhaps the critical leadership capability. Here are some useful distinctions and a simple, powerful exercise for your team.

John Kotter, at Harvard Business School, branded "change leadership" with his 1996 book, Leading Change (republished 2012). He's a lucid writer; it's worthwhile reading. He argues the facts: we are simply not that good at leading change.