Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap Means Focusing on What Employees Think, Not What They Do

Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap Means Focusing on What Employees Think, Not What They Do

When you embark on a new strategic journey to sustain and grow your organization in an uncertain world, what do you prioritize? If you’re like most of the leaders we know, you start with organizational structure and processes. We asked 80 senior executives from 20 countries and 25 industries where they focus their attention throughout strategic execution.

Want to Be a Better Leader? Ask Your Employees These 3 Questions

Want to Be a Better Leader? Ask Your Employees These 3 Questions

From professors to managers to mentors, I’ve had the opportunity to be inspired by some great leaders. When thinking about what they have in common, it’s easy for me to come up with some shared characteristics. They were all supportive, encouraging, charismatic, and motivated. They all had unique skills and valuable experiences under their belts.

But, personality traits aside, I identified one more common thread that ties all of my most memorable leaders together: the questions that they would ask me. Here are three questions to ask your own employees if you want to be seen as a better, stronger leader.

What Role Does Intuition Play in Your Business?

What Role Does Intuition Play in Your Business?

Call it intuition, call it gut instinct, it doesn’t really matter. We’ve all experienced it in some way. My intuition has saved my life three times. And if I had listened to it more, it would have saved me a lot of grief and money over the years.

In business it manifests with people, deals, projects, opportunities, customers – so many ways. We get a feel for what is going on with no real information, just a sense of what is going on and what we need to do about it. But for many people, the ability to hear and feel their intuition is a lost skill.

This Janitor Turned CEO Just Identified the Key to Building a Great Organisation.

This Janitor Turned CEO Just Identified the Key to Building a Great Organisation.

Thomas grew up in Georgia, the son of a self-taught electrician and a secretary. He credits his parents and humble background for shaping his work ethic and values, qualities that helped him work his way up to the chief executive position of Rapid7, a corporate network security company that serves nearly half of the Fortune 1000. It makes for greater communication, because it helps managers and others deliver feedback in a constructive way.

How You Define the Problem Determines Whether You Solve It

How You Define the Problem Determines Whether You Solve It

New innovations can seem like they come out of nowhere. How could so many people have missed the solution to the problem for so long? And how in the world did the first person come up with that solution at all? In fact, most people who come up with creative solutions rely on a relatively straightforward method: finding a solution inside the collective memory of the people working on the problem. That is, someone working to solve the problem knows something that will help them find a solution — they just haven’t realized yet that they know it. When doing creative problem solving, the statement of the problem is the cue to memory.