Those things that you are conscious of as pressures that need to be
dealt with in the short term.
They need to identify and use their own personal leadership assets. The
balance we need is between achievement and enjoyment or, put another
way, to enjoy the journey as well as the destination. It was held up by
respected analysts such as McKinsey and by business schools such as
Harvard and Darden as being the new age company.
The majority of our actions relate logically to something else.
Goffee and Jones point out that good leaders seem able to accurately
assess a situation and adjust their approach and behaviour accordingly.
The organisation and culture can quickly revert to the status quo,
which caused the problems in the first instance. But breakthrough
results are generally only as a result of breakthrough thinking.
This is important, but it is no where near as important as being
effective at achieving objectives. It is therefore no surprise that the
new plan invariably ends up looking like the previous plan plus a
Some ideas to get you started.
That's where creative thinking comes in. It is possible to teach, learn
and practise the deliberate and formal skills of lateral thinking in
the same manner as teaching mathematics. We directly attribute this to
the quality of service we provide when customers need to make a
And, of course, this gives rise to legions of disenchanted followers,
producing the deepest organisational malaise of modern times: cynicism.
You are a winner and you deserve to be championed! Take the American
steel company Nucor, which has built its culture round the motivation
of the individual.
They mistakenly believe that you have people who are creative and
people who are not creative, and it is just a matter of waiting for the
creative people to have new ideas.
The answers to these and many other questions relating to the working
of the human mind can be found in this fascinating book.