8.1 Strategy Driven Leadership - Top 5 Take-aways

Saturday, Jun 20, 2020 by -Priority Bridge

8.1 Strategy Driven Leadership - Top 5 Take-Aways

Strategy Driven Leadership is a new book written by Michael Couch and Richard Citrin, as a playbook to use to develop the next generation of leaders. Every business book has at least one good concept. Here I will review the Top Five Take-Aways as well as some great one-liners from Strategy Driven Leadership.

One Liners:

If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain, If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees, If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people. -Chinese Proverb

The power of habit.

#5 When validating Competencies:

  • Don’t start from scratch
  • Model top-notch performance
  • Model the future, not the past
  • Don’t just copy the work of others
  • Model roles and processes
  • Integrate and align all talent processes
  • Validate the competencies
  • Keep it simple
  • Keep it current
  • Build your brand

#4 Develop a strategic matrix, testing and validating each level. The matrix is developed from three levels of effectiveness and three levels of growth potential. Efforts and resources should be spent on those individuals with the best potential payback for your organization.

#3 Experts agree that the typical performance review process doesn’t work. It tries to serve too many purposes. Many organizations are moving away from that process and replacing it with meaningful conversations without any ratings.

#2 The book was derived from eight beliefs of the authors:

  1. Effective leaders are not just born
  2. Organizations do not have unlimited resources to identify and develop talent.
  3. Most past approaches to development are lacking.
  4. Learning agility is key in development, one approach does not fit all.
  5. Development is most effective when it is intentional.
  6. Effectiveness is about employing the right procedure/behavior at the right time.
  7. Feedback is essential.
  8. Building an optimal approach takes time and continual improvement.

#1 Effective tools for assessment in any organization include the following:

  • Reliability - consistency of results over time.
  • Validity - Data developed is sound and relates to the organization’s key business results
  • Face Validity - The process can be understood and accepted by all stakeholders.
  • Utility - The results are of value and contribute more to an organization than their cost and use of resources.

The book is well thought out and follows a plan which helps one in developing a playbook. It is a worthwhile addition to one’s business library. Priority Bridge recommends Strategy Driven Leadership.

8.1 Strategy Driven Leadership - Top 5 Take-Aways

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