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Biggest Leadership Challenges; Leadership Mash-up; Five Gurus, Pat Lencioni Online

"…keeping you great"


Challenge of Promoting from Within
— Scott Weiss's insightful blog post last week hits right at one of the toughest challenges in leading a growing firm – do you promote from within or bring in outside talent. He notes, "The key to all of it (promoting from within) is making sure that there's a sponsoring executive that is willing to spend a boatload of time coaching the budding leader." He then outlines four suggestions - please take four minutes to scan through his post where he has the four suggestions bulleted.

Great Leadership Training — one of Weiss' suggestions: "It helps to have some great leadership training. In my experience, most leadership training courses suck. You get two hours of useful information spread out over two weeks of mind-numbing presentations. We put together a rapid fire, two-day course and had our leadership team teach it. Interviewing, performance reviews, 1:1s, career planning, holding staff meetings, etc. We all got together and boiled down the best practices for all the important areas into short, punchy presentations/role plays. Every new manager went through it to give them some tools that were culturally consistent with what we were doing." Gazelles is following up and structuring a practical leadership course in addition to the Rockefeller Habits. To this point:

Leadership Mash-up: Five Gurus — in another "it takes a village of thought leaders" series, here's the latest Growth Guy syndicated column (May) featuring my mash-up for Leadership – a quick summary of the five gurus whose combined ideas will get you 90% of all the leadership tools you need. Master these techniques and you're ahead of 99% of the rest of the leaders. Take five minutes and scan through the column.

The Five Gurus/Topics — Everything in business begins and ends with leadership. And because it's a complex topic, no one expert (no matter what they say) has a complete formula for what makes a better leader – and it's no time for amateur hour when it comes to leadership or any topic. Here are the five:

Pat Lencioni – his Five Dysfunctions of a Team framework is vital to maintaining a healthy leadership team. His latest book The Advantage fills in the gaps.

Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner – their Leadership Challenge framework is celebrating its 25th anniversary. No one has come close to a better overall model for leadership action.

Brad & Geoff Smart – recruiting and hiring the right talent IS the most important skill a leader must possess. Their Topgrading methods deliver a 90% success rate.

Victoria Medvec – the second most important skill is negotiations. Her High Stakes Negotiation methodology gets the outcomes you want while building key relationships.

Marshall Goldsmith – in the end, it's about getting out of our own way and knowing thyself. In turn, "self-help" is impossible. His peer coaching process is the very best way to improve as a leader – to Weiss's point about a sponsoring executive.

Pat Lencioni Online — based on his latest book, we produced a one-hour online seminar with Pat Lencioni, released yesterday. Like a book-of-the-month club, commit your leadership team (and mid-managers) to viewing one online seminar each month and use it as a platform to discuss and support each other in leadership development.

Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He’s the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0); Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual Leadership and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. He is an investor in many scale-ups. A father of four, he enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.