Valuable Insights for Today's Leaders
We need to change the mindset of people who commit crimes. They need to know that they will be arrested and prosecuted. Candidates for mayor in the May 2023 primary election need to outline in detail how they will address the issue of crime in Philadelphia, This is our city’s number one issue.
Thought leader Jim Collins describes Level 5 leaders as very ambitious, but “their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.” Level 5 leaders are not imperial leaders. They don’t self-aggrandize. They are focused on building a team that can achieve great results. This is Rob Thomson.
What does the CEO want from their CFO? A true business partner, a champion of continuous improvement, will part company with toxic direct reports and an individual who develops strong partnerships with the company’s business leaders. What do boards want from the CFO? Independence, integrity and candor. No surprises.
The level of trust between Sirianni and Jalen reminds me of the trust between Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Nick Foles when, during the 2018 Super Bowl, Foles ran the “Philly Special,” a play forever burned into the minds of Philadelphia sports fans.
As leaders, we need to treat our customers, employees, suppliers and communities in the right way and operate our companies in an ethical manner. This is how to ensure sustainability and maximize shareholder returns over the long term.
Participating effectively in meetings is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to collaborate with people above and below you in an organization which will help you advance in your career. Take this opportunity.
As a business leader, your holy grail should be to differentiate your business so that customers and clients will want to buy from you rather than your competitors. Quoting Warren Buffett, “You will have a hard time finding a person who has had a wonderful experience who isn’t going to come back.
How can you thrive in a political environment? Meet your commitments to others. Build trust with your peers. Develop alliances. Keep your adversaries close. Build political capital. Most importantly, do your job and achieve results, and let those results speak for themselves.
Many leaders don’t realize they can learn not only from direct reports, but from anyone in their organization, even hourly workers on the factory floor. They have a different perspective. They are not jaded by past failures or stuck in old paradigms. They don’t know that things can’t be done.
Invasive monitoring of employee productivity is the antithesis of continuous improvement, which empowers employees and helps them develop a sense of ownership in what they do. A workforce that participates in setting their metrics and improving workflow processes will outperform a workforce treated like cogs in a wheel.
As the new superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, Tony Watlington faces many issues that need to be addressed. In addition to the adequacy of teacher pay and the difficulty in hiring teachers to fill classroom vacancies, I would hope that the transition teams he appointed will focus on four areas.