Leadership View #5: When Leading Change..

Leadership View #5: When Leading Change..

Leadership View #5: When leading change – get some early wins –this makes change irresistible to those that resist.  Getting these “early wins” may involve changing priorities or sequencing of events. How often do we begin an initiative by setting a goal with a date when everything will be complete? When starting a project we are excited to get "it" done. What if instead we focused on getting small wins and buy-in, how might we approach the project differently? One of my favorite visible stories of a leader who understood the importance of early wins is The Chicago Wacker Drive Project. Mayor Richard M. Daley began this enormous project, raised the funds for it and hired the team to lead it. It was a massive undertaking. The job required rebuilding both Upper and Lower Wacker, a primary downtown Chicago artery. What I remember most about this project is it began in early 2001 and was declared "finished" 20 months later in late 2002.  It was declared a...
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45 Year Leadership View #4: A Leader Must Balance…

45 Year Leadership View #4: A Leader Must Balance…

Marsh Carter’s Leadership View #4: A leader must balance between near-term and long-term leadership and management tasks.  Hmm.. last week's leadership view involved balance and here we are with the same subject line again. It does seem that balance is a key challenge for every leader. Most leaders have a sense of urgency, entrepreneurs especially. Often it is this sense of urgency that got us where we are. And, much like balancing the needs of the organization with the needs of our followers, we must also recognize which of our goals belong in the long term column and which belong as short-term. And it is certainly a balancing act, because for high urgency leaders, we sometimes move tasks into the now, when they belong in the future. If you are challenged with sorting between short term and long term initiatives, here is a suggested approach to get started. Begin by capturing all the ideas, tasks and goals. Next ask yourself the following three questions for each item: How much...
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45 Year Leadership View #3: A Leader Must Balance…

45 Year Leadership View #3: A Leader Must Balance…

Marsh Carter’s Leadership View #3: A leader must balance accomplishing the organization's mission with responsibility to followers. As Vistage speaker Rick Eigenbrod reminds us, the one thing all leaders have in common, followers. When we forget this is the most important characteristic of leadership, we look around and there is no one behind us. While the mission may be what is driving us as leaders, have we stopped and asked what is driving our followers? Remembering that all we humans act in our own self-interest, the organization's mission must resonate and must matter to each and every one of our followers if we are going to get there. It is a delicate balance between being out in front because we have the vision; and inspiring our followers to move forward because they see what is in it for them. In the best of circumstances, we as leaders inspire and our followers are the ones who accomplish the mission. My question for you is: What are you asking...
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