Executives frequently disagree with decisions that the executive team – or the CEO – have already made. Sometimes, we even disagree with how a decision was made. However, after a decision is made, we make a choice to act in accordance with the decision or to act and speak consistently with what we wish the decision was. While we don’t call it this enough, acting inconsistently with a decision that was made is – covertly or overtly and intentionally or unintentionally – an act of sabotage, negatively impacting the behaviors of others and diminishing the intended results. Furthermore, when we [...]
Don't miss your numbers this year. Now is the time to get the company back on track before it's too late. Call a time-out and get the executive team offsite to assess the company's progress to date, resolve all the issues, and make plans to insure success for the year. Here is how...
Miami, FL, December 5, 2007 -- John Thain, CEO of Merrill Lynch, has pledged to revamp the bank's culture in response to insufficient management team co-operation that he believes could have contributed to the $8bn mortgage write down according to the Financial Times on December 3, 2007. "Thain's acknowledgement of culture and Management Dysfunction as a key contributor to poor business results is a courageous admission and other CEOs should be investigating it as well," said Matthew Levy, CEO of Results Management Group. "The impact on corporate culture of poor executive level collaboration may be the single most underestimated cause [...]
There are some critical elements of strategy execution that we can implement today by being more effective in our conversations with our colleagues. As we model these aspects of effectiveness, we will dramatically alter our results and the way work gets done. In the areas that you are not getting the business results you seek, which one or more of these 5 aspects are missing? 1. Relationships Relationships are the foundation of all accomplishment. If a relationship isn’t one of trust and support then it can’t handle straight open communication and results suffer. Do all your relationships support the results [...]
CEO success depends on the ability to fulfill the ultimate responsibility: leading the company boldly into the future and inspiring and guiding people to achieve specific results. After years of consulting with and coaching executives from the likes of GE, Motorola, Chevron, BHP Billiton and also many much smaller companies, I'm sure that that transforming corporate results must be driven from the top -- and then supported throughout the company. CEOs that are able to align their executive team with a bold and compelling vision, empower it to begin the task of mobilizing the rest of the company. Senior executives [...]