You will reach the top of your field. And others won’t. “How do you know? My field is quite crowded with lots of smart people,” you say. I’m going to share with you a secret to success that will change your mindset and how you spend your time, and will alter your career trajectory to the tippy top of your field. There is a tactic that I learned the hard way when I founded ghSMART at the age of 23 (over 20 years ago). [Continue »]
At ghSMART, we advise board members and CEOs of large companies on their most important leadership issues. One of the skills we train our consultants on is making sure we are consulting on the right questions.
I think of a “right” question as one that matters, by cutting to the heart of an issue, one that will produce an answer that is within the power of the leader to act on, and one that–when answered–is likely to deliver the highest value to the leader in achieving results. [Continue »]
The first mistake bad leaders make in a new job is subtle, common, and avoidable. They come into an organization and they don’t narrow the priority list. In our research for Power Score, we found that only 24% of leaders are good at prioritizing. And when a leader is bad at prioritizing, 90% of the time it’s because they let too many priorities stay alive. In short, great leaders prune priorities. [Continue »]