Valuable Insights for Today's Leaders
Does your company have too many chiefs?
When I see staff organization titles like chief knowledge officer, chief visioning officer, chief sustainability officer, chief strategy officer and chief innovation officer, I wonder why these areas aren’t the responsibility of existing positions within the company. I also wonder about the lack of ownership by the line organization of the initiatives developed by staff “chiefs.”
Philadelphia is welcoming busloads of asylum seekers, but Biden must act
Disbursing asylum seekers to a wide range of cities rather than having them remain in detention centers or funneling them into just a few cities will lessen the burden on any one state or city, especially those along our southern border. Biden also needs to do his job and implement a strategy to defend our southern border.
Elon Musk has not demonstrated good critical judgment as CEO of Twitter
Musk needs to win back advertisers’ confidence by issuing a policy that states that tweets that are baseless unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, that are posted for the purpose of stirring up discord, hatred and violence and that undermine society will not be tolerated. He needs to ensure Twitter has skilled moderators to make those judgment calls.
Hire job candidates with an entrepreneurial attitude and mindset
Advice to all college students: If you can obtain entrepreneurship training, do so. It will differentiate you from your peers and make you more attractive to future employers. Advice to employers: Hire people with an entrepreneurial attitude and mindset. They get things done.
Don’t stifle your career. Go beyond your job description responsibilities
By not operating beyond your job description, you deprive yourself the opportunity to gain experience and demonstrate that you are worthy of a promotion into a position of increased responsibility. Don’t stifle your career. Want to impress your boss? Go beyond what is expected of you.
Philadelphia must address the issue of crime
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.
Why Phillies manager Rob Thomson is a transformational Level 5 leader
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.
As CFO, do you know what your CEO and board expect of you?
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.
Do you trust your team to ‘go for it’ like Eagles’ coach Nick Sirianni?
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.
ESG principles help ensure long-term business sustainability
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.
Advance your career by being an effective meeting participant
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.
Ask yourself this question before resigning
Individuals who consider joining the “Great Resignation” must first ask themselves this question: “Should I work somewhere else, start my own business or retire?”
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