The success of any worthwhile journey begins with LEADERSHIP, in my opinion. Would you agree? Unfortunately, leadership effectiveness varies widely in most organizations, for a number of reasons. This is especially true in small businesses with young or inexperienced leaders, inadequate training, and limited “bench strength” to support organizational growth and change. Even experienced leaders can be challenged by their co-workers’ varied personalities, diverse values, family issues, office politics, and more. When leadership is in short supply, added work falls on business owners and others in the organization. The long term leadership solution is to recruit, hire, train, motivate, and retain talented employees who are capable of achieving the organization’s vision and top objectives. Unfortunately, this effort can take a significant amount of time and money, with the stakes being very high in the interim.
When short on leadership, STRATEGY can bridge the gap! In simple terms, strategy is a well-developed plan to achieve results. Great strategy can significantly help a young or developing leadership team by providing clear vision, guidance, and time saving focus. Whatever leadership team you have now, “strategy improvement” could be the fastest and easiest way to boost their performance. Great strategy is essential to meet long term objectives, but is often overlooked for how it can bridge leadership gaps found so often in small to mid-sized organizations. Strategy improvements typically require significantly fewer resources to assess, improve, and implement than leadership improvements! Owners, top-level leaders, and experienced advisors have a critical role in strategy development and are often best suited to this forward thinking, visionary, and structure-oriented activity. Who in your organization fits these criteria? What others in your organization are best-suited for the get-it-done-today, strategy implementation roles?
In the absence of strategy, owners and senior leaders will surely find themselves drawn into daily firefighting activity. All while time, talent, and money are wasted and opportunities get delayed or missed completely. However, with the support of even a few simple strategies, new, young, or developing leaders will have critical guidance to multiply their efforts. As you grow your organization, be sure to consider the critical roles of both leadership AND strategy!”
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