Posts Tagged ‘Business’

Given the speed with which information travels on the Internet, company leaders can no longer remain in secluded enclaves when company information leaks. When a misstep causes an uproar, it’s amplified by the abundance of channels, the ease of no-cost information sharing, and the imperative some feel to share/spread information and opinions widely via social media.

“What’s really going on here is that the fundamental rules that have governed how relationships work are being re-written…” says Charlene Li in her new book, Open Leadership: How Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead.

The imperative for business, then, is to redefine how those relationships will operate, according to Li, since “devolving into chaos or, worse, letting things take their natural course are certain recipes for disaster.” Foremost in an organization’s list of things to do should be to develop guidelines and specify the commitment they expect from these new relationships.

Li, co-author of the popular Groundswell which she collaborated on with Josh Bernoff in 2008, is Founder of Altimeter Group, a California-based strategy consulting firm.

“Open Leadership: Having the confidence and humility to give up the need to be in control while inspiring commitment from people to accomplish goals.”

In her latest book, Li takes businesses step-by-step through building and executing on an open social strategy. From demonstrating the need for companies to become more open; to defining what that means with the 10 Elements of Openness; creating an openness strategy; measuring the benefits of being open; detailing the guidelines, policies and procedures some companies are using to be engaged; through to the nuts and bolts of managing an open strategy, Li’s style and interesting real-life examples keeps readers engaged in this process.

But even the perfect strategy isn’t enough without leaders who are open to execute it, Li explains. “Leadership will require a new approach, new mindset, and new skills. It won’t be enough to be a good communicator. You will have to be comfortable sharing personal perspectives and feelings to develop closer relationships.”

Li details characteristics and skills necessary for effective leadership, identifying and nurturing this talent in an organization, and how to lead and recover through a failure. The book wraps up by examining how leaders are transforming their organizations to be more open out of economic and marketplace necessity.

As you know there is much futility in making New Year’s resolutions since we abandon most of our well intended promises long before we make them a reality. But we still list them and out of tradition I suppose we will continue to do so every year.

So, here are some thoughts with a few Zig-isms from Zig Ziglar to consider as we begin 2010.

Change Your Thinking ~ As you well know and as you probably have experienced in your lifetime we are constantly barraged by negative thinkers all around us. In fact we have those same negative thoughts that permeate our minds on a daily basis. How many times were you told as a child that you cannot do something or you cannot achieve some goal? The problem we face is that when you are told over and over again that you cannot do something, you end up believing it. We have a battle within ourselves for the rest of our lives that we must “sell” ourselves on accomplishing anything of value within our lifetime. As Zig Ziglar says “Get rid of stinkin’ thinkin'” and “Give yourself a check-up…from the neck-up.”

Quit Whining And Be Thankful ~ Yes, we are trying to right the ship from a terrible economic situation and I am sure we are still very frustrated by the injustices of the banks, excessive CEO pay and bonuses, and unemployment, but at some point we must stop whining and make a concerted effort to make new changes in our lives that will drive us toward success. At some point we must start giving thanks for what we have and although you may feel like you are only “surviving,” we need to be thankful for what we do have, as there are many who are don’t have enough to survive. Start celebrating 2010 and look with optimism toward what this year can bring and what you can do in 2010 to make a difference. “Of all the ‘attitudes’ we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life changing.” Zig Ziglar.

Get Your Business On Track ~ It’s a great time to do a reality check on your business. You must look at what you’re creating/marketing/selling and make the corrections needed to fit this economy and the business need. Check to see if you and your staff are being as productive and efficient as possible and that you are anticipating targeted market changes and preparing for growth over the next year. Remember everybody sells….everybody! As Zig Ziglar says, “Your business is never really good or bad ‘out there.’ Your business is either good or bad right between your own two ears.”

Make A Difference ~ All of us are hard pressed to meet the needs of family and loved ones, but in 2010 you can make a huge difference by reaching out to those around you that are in need. It may be an employee, a co-worker, a service person you do business with, or a stranger. Donating time and money can make a real difference. It does not have to be a major campaign. It may just be an act of kindness that could change someone’s day. My wife and I are constantly looking for ways to make a difference or assist in some effort that can change someone’s life. As Zig Ziglar says,When we do more than we are paid to do, eventually we will be paid more for what we do.” Sometimes the “payment” is in terms of something more valuable than money.

Listen ~ There are times that people around you just need for you to listen to them. We are so used to tuning the world out and through that habit we tune out people who just need us to listen to them. Just let them vent, explain or share their problems. Be more aware this year to people around you and their needs. It could be your spouse, your children, friends, co-workers or employees. It is what sets us apart from all of God’s creation, the ability to listen, care and act upon needs that someone may have. Zig-ism, “Take time to be quiet.”

Enjoy Life ~ If you are fortunate to be employed you are probably finding that you are working more hours and wearing more hats at your company or workplace. We work too many hours and we do not have enough outlets or stress relievers to where we can enjoy life. Make a commitment today to have more fun this year and enjoy your family and friends so you can start living life to the fullest. Life is short enough, so live and enjoy and be thankful for every day. Another Zig-ism states, Most of us would be upset if we were accused of being silly. ‘Silly’ comes from the old English word ‘seilig’ and its literal definition is ‘to be blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous.’”

Get Healthy ~ I know we all make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking or get rid of whatever vices we use to help us cope, but then we get caught up in the same old routines and the great intentions we had at the beginning of the year flash by us as a whim and we dismiss them as a bad idea. Well, it is not a bad idea. It is time to make changes with our health. This entire country is plagued with unhealthy people. It is time if at all possible to take responsibility for your health. Build awareness. Visit your doctor if you are fortunate to have health care, read and update yourself on possible treatments either through medication or holistic methods. Above all strive to make yourself healthy so you can enjoy life with those who love you. According to ZigYou don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.” Make a change today.

Be Joyful And Happy ~ Life is a gift. Please do not abuse it. Strive to enjoy every day and be thankful. Make an effort in 2010 to find that silver lining and be joyful and happy in every situation. If you are starting this New Year and decade with negativity you will miss out on so many great things that will happen to you. Start smiling. It is infectious! Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give him yours.” Zig Ziglar

“You can get everything money will buy without a lick of character, but you can’t get any of the things money won’t buy- happiness, joy, peace of mind, winning relationships, etc., without character.”  Zig Ziglar