The Leadership Lid...are you the lid?

Posted by Steve Whittington on Sep 17, 2016 9:16:40 AM

capped-potentialMany of us have been there: you report to someone that “doesn’t get it.” The frustration in the air is palpable. The leader of the group dictates the progress, the environment and ultimately the effectiveness of the team. The leader is the lid the team bumps up against in their desire to be more.

Every organization, every department, every team, board or division has a lid to its potential and that lid is its leader. The unit will only rise as high as the leader will allow it, either knowingly or unknowingly, based on the leader's capabilities. This principle is very self evident in professional sports: change the coach and the future of the team is changed without changing players.

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Topics: Leadership, features of leadership, Leadership lid, Leadership Series, Blogs

The Leadership Gap

Posted by Steve Whittington on Jul 20, 2016 1:46:15 PM

In a recent podcast called Meeting the Leadership Transition Challenge, my guest Jane Halford of Bolt Transition indicated that 40% of all leadership transitions fail within the first 18 months. While this is shocking in and of itself, there are even more alarming numbers in the workforce composition.

The vast majority of our senior leaders are in the boomer generation aged 50- 69. This group represents 27% of the Canadian population and 31% of Canada’s workforce (as of 2015).  The tipping point where the boomers are the biggest generation in the workplace has come and gone. That's not surprising when you consider that 250,000 boomers retire annually currently and that rate is set to grow to 400,000 annually in a few years.

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Topics: bolt transition, business leadership, Leadership, Leadership gap, leadership transition, Leadership Series, Blogs

Leadership doesn’t mean being out in front

Posted by Graphic Intuitions on Jan 20, 2016 1:18:16 PM

The Hero Leader

The image of a leader is often an individual out front. Leaders lead. I agree with this. What I do not agree with is the image of the superhero leader. I believe leadership is more about soft qualities such as courage, discipline, patience, perseverance, consensus building, listening, coaching and consistency; as opposed to “hero” qualities of decisiveness, being a visionary and having an unwavering resolve. To be clear, I think the “hero” qualities are needed to be an effective leader, but without soft qualities the leader would charge off in a direction decisively, full of vision and resolve. That "leader" would most likely just be going for a walk by themselves.

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Topics: Leadership, Leadership Series, Soft Leadership skills, Blogs

The five dysfunctions of a team

Posted by Graphic Intuitions on Nov 6, 2015 2:18:14 PM

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Leaders Lead

Posted by Steve Whittington on Jun 7, 2012 1:30:04 PM

Mount SaskLeaders also listen. In my profession I lead sales and marketing teams, for recreation I lead teams in the mountains. Recently on an attempt of a shark finned unclimbed peak (Mt Saskatchewan; 11, 385 ft in the Centennial Range, Kluane National Park, Yukon) I faced my greatest leadership challenge. The team Prairie Vertical faced increasing consequence every step we took up the mountain, and then conditions turned against us and decisions became black or white, life or death.

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Topics: Leadership, engaged teams, Leadership Series, marketing leadership, sales leadership, setting direction, team building, Blogs, vision

Managing Expectations

Posted by Steve Whittington on Mar 29, 2011 8:49:43 AM

With any project, task or event that you are assigned to accomplish/execute the most important key to success I have found is to manage expectations. It may seem trite to write such, but I believe it is critically important.

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Topics: Leadership, managing expectations, Project Management, Defining the Scope of a project, Project Scope, Blogs

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