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The Secret Weapon of Great Leaders.
Have you ever experienced in a meeting where a seasoned leader listened intently and then, with exquisite timing, asked one question that shifted the direction, focus and thinking of the entire team?
That is the magic and power of questions!
To move the needle in your organization in 2016, the first place to start is by asking thought-provoking questions. The 7 questions below are by no means exhaustive. They serve as a starting point to stimulate your own questions.
These (or comparable) questions can make the difference between a successful 2016 and a disappointing one.
From time to time, I find an article written by one of my colleagues that I want my clients to know about. The following article — Time is Money: The 3 Different Approaches to Strategic Planning — was written by Gabriel Najera — Founder, Najera Consulting Group. For more information about Gabriel, see his byline below.
Even though I did strategy development for billion dollar corporations in the early days of my business 30 years ago, I had no idea that there were 3 different approaches to strategic planning. I learned alot from this article. I know you will too!
Time is Money: The 3 Different Approaches to Strategic Planning
“The marvelous thing about lack of planning is that failure comes as a complete and utter surprise.”
– Peter Green
One of the biggest challenges organizations face is making the commitment to develop a well thought out strategic plan.
7 Big Changes Every Leader Wants to Know About
- Do you know how current trends will change the face of leadership in your company?
- Is your company ready to meet the new leadership challenges in the coming years?
- Are you aware of how leadership is evolving to respond to those trends?
Every leader knows the importance of being strategic. Being strategic means looking into the future and identifying trends, opportunities and threats.
Below are my 2015 leadership predictions – threats, trends and opportunities – that will change the world of leadership as we know it today.
1. Complexity is the new normal.
Today’s companies have it all backwards. Leaders have a thirst and drive for answers to their biggest challenges.
Thousands of leadership books are published yearly to feed that thirst. Buying those books to find the right answers for your company is where leaders make their biggest mistake.
Leadership is NOT about having the right answers. It’s about asking the right questions.
If you’ve read my article “12 Strategic Thinking Questions That Yield Big Results,” you know why questions are so powerful and how they can change organizational results … overnight. If you have not, click here.
The Make-or-Break Question Critical to Your Business Future
There is one question though, above all others, that smart leaders ask … not just once, but everyday.
The Bonus Question Is The Punch Line.
At the end of every year, I take a personal private retreat to clear my mind, take inventory of the past year and create a new vision for the new year. Knowing the power of questions, at the start of each retreat, I ask myself …
What are the 10 most important questions to ask myself in this retreat to take my business (and life) to a more meaningful, impactful and prospering level in the new year?
For 3-4 days, I spend time by the ocean simply reflecting, letting go of any goals, plans or expectations.
The Finale Says It All.
As a leader, how often do you find yourself …
I’m guessing what you really want is to stop your perpetual busyness. You want to focus on the critical few. You want to navigate your company, amidst constant change, to its ultimate destination.
In my decades of working with leaders, I have found that the above are symptoms that a leader lacks the capacity to think strategically.