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Four Leadership Must Practices

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Best Practices are brilliant; Innovative Practices are absolutely magnificent. Must Practices, which not as glitzy, sexy, or exciting, are non-negotiable ways of doing leadership and being a great leader that are a requirement for success. Here are four crucial Must Practices:

Today’s leaders must…

1. …foster sustainable collaboration.
There’s always room and need for improvement in the collaborative efforts of work groups and teams. To make this happen, leaders must prime the collaborative pump. Read more

2. …require direct reports to create and follow sustainable action plans.
Defining how results will be achieved is often the missing step that keeps them from happening. Sustainable action plans aren’t hard to create, there’re just not being created and followed. Read more

3. …push the leadership reset button.
Our human nature is one of perfect imperfection, which means our brains occasionally need a reset or even a reboot to reengage our effectiveness. Leadership Power Cycling is the human equivalent of a computer reset button. Read more

4. …lose their own baggage.
While losing your baggage is a hassle when flying it can be a transformational catalyst for evolving two things very near and dear to you—your business and your life. Read more

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Sustainable Action Plans

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Wintrip Consulting Group : Take No PrisonersTake No Prisoners is a free weekly memo from Scott Wintrip that explores how Radical Accountability prospers companies and changes lives. Instead of taking people hostage with outdated, heavy-handed, and ineffective methods of management, measurement, and motivation, Radical Accountability focuses on creating an unwavering responsibility for getting what matters most done.

As a leader, one of your primary functions is to define the strategic direction of the company (what you are going to accomplish). The designing of how that result is going to happen is not your job as a leader, as this is the responsibility of your team. This is how you simply and sustainably generate buy-in as they create the action plan. You don’t just turn them loose to do this as you’ll need to ensure that the plan they create has the highest likelihood of achieving the desired outcome while also honoring your culture and values. So, you’ll be coaching your team through a four-step process:

1. Assess the current status and the desired end results
Accomplishment of any goal starts with honestly assessing current benchmarks, where you want them to be (the goals), and by when. With these beginning and end points in mind, along with a clear timeline for completion, creating a plan of action is easier to generate and implement.

2. Create a step-by-step roadmap
With clarity on the starting and ending points, charting a course is straightforward, just like planning a trip from one destination to another. You can guide your team backwards from the achievement of the desired strategic outcome or forward towards the goals in a step-by-step process. It’s a simple conversation of, “What will you do next? And what about after that? And after that?” If you start at the end and work backwards you’ll ask, “What will need to happen to generate that outcome? And what must happen before that? And before that?”

3. Plan daily and weekly actions
Since the achievement of long-term goals happens over a period of time, the steps of the roadmap must be distilled down into manageable quantities of work. Your next step in coaching is to guide everyone in planning daily and weekly measurable actions. This way, you’ll both know if they are on track, ahead, or behind, and be able to make adjustments, accordingly.

4. Follow-up for progress
Coaching without commitment is just another conversation, so this final step in action planning is to ensure that accountabilities are met, adjustments are made, as needed, and support is provided along the way. Weekly one-on-ones are an ideal way to do this.

A director of a regional staffing firm headquartered in New Jersey recently implemented this approach and is finding that productivity is much higher as a result. “Everyone is clear on where we are going, what’s expected, and how we are going to achieve our goals. Our branch managers and employees are all on the same page, and both new and tenured employees are making faster progress than we have in the past.”

This Week’s Radical Accountability Activating Action: Pick a project and use the four-step process. This could be as small as something that will take a few days or as large as a year-end goal.


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Simple is Sustainable While Complex Makes Goals Unattainable

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Wintrip Consulting Group : Take No PrisonersTake No Prisoners is a free weekly memo from Scott Wintrip that explores how Radical Accountability prospers companies and changes lives. Instead of taking people hostage with outdated, heavy-handed, and ineffective methods of management, measurement, and motivation, Radical Accountability focuses on creating an unwavering responsibility for getting what matters most done.

Driving to work, I once again saw a bumper sticker that I’ve seen before: Stuff Happens. Well, so does accountability. Accountability is happening in every organization, and the results achieved tell us just how effective it is. Good results, such as consistent growth, sustained or improving profits, or incrementally increasing market share can be traced back to moderate to highly effective accountability. Poor results are always rooted in a system of accountability that contains flaws.

One common thread in compromised accountability systems is complexity. The more complex the system, the more likely it will fail.

Below is a process for creating Simply Effective processes for improved responsibility. By following this path in creating or improving the accountabilities in your organization, you’ll develop or revise your methods, providing your team with a more viable way to succeed.

This Week’s Radical Accountability Activating Action: Use this process to revise accountabilities that aren’t working or to devise accountabilities that are missing in your company.


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Simple is Sustainable

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Politicians in the United States continue to perpetuate highly complex policies that are anything but simple. Taxation, energy policy, and campaign finance reform are just few examples of how masterful Washington is in its propensity towards complexity in governing the country. While there is often talk of simplification, talk has not become results as policies have become more convoluted with each administration. The U.S. tax code alone has expanded to more than 72,000 pages!

Governments are not the sole offenders as businesses of all sizes promote complicated methods and practices. Companies that embrace simple strategies and tactics have proven their ability to achieve sustainable growth and profits. From Southwest Airlines’ mission of “wheels up” that focuses their employees on quick turnarounds of each plane to Zappos empowering their team members to solve customer problems, these companies exemplify the power of simple ideas that promote nonstop growth and perpetual profits.

To assess which aspects of your business model can benefit most from simplification, answer these questions:

1. Do we have a core mission, guiding everything we do, that can be stated in just a few words?

2. Can each key process be distilled down into three or four actionable steps?

3. Are our branding and associated marketing messages simple yet provocative, using words sparingly?

4. Do our salespeople consistently exceed their activity quotas as a result of the simple approach we employ?

Armed with these answers, the simple solution to improving those areas needing attention is to make one small improvement each day. As you do, you’ll more easily sustain these changes as these improvements add up to fully refined process that are simple, sustainable, and contribute to the growth and increased profitability of your firm.

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