No one but a leader can paint the vision of a company and set the direction, including strategies for achieving it. Employees believe leaders have a unique view from the top, and they want that broader perspective to understand what the company can achieve. They look to their supervisors and managers to validate their roles and for opportunities to be part of the process. However, it is the top leaders who sell the strategy. Consider the following elements that build momentum around messaging.
From a personal style perspective, both Obama and Romney deliver on SW&A's recipe for executive presence. But, it seems only fitting in the final hours before the final debate to give our clients and the general audience a style report card and to offer a lens through which to watch the debate tonight!
Whether you're in sales, finance, technology or operations, at some point you're going to find yourself sitting across the desk from a senior-level executive. Many managers say it's one of the toughest conversations you'll face. And yet, our experience coaching executives reveals that they are a fairly predictable audience. Learn about the three elements of an effective executive meeting and the common mistakes to avoid with this audience.
According to Deloitte's Talent Edge 2020 study, one of the top priorities on the minds of leaders today is developing future leaders and succession planning. Yet nearly 40% of the executives surveyed said that their talent management programs were in need of improvement or were underperforming. In order to develop successful leaders, Sally Williamson writes that companies are going to have to "put the money where the mouth is" with regards to leadership development.
As more and more companies work on employee engagement, they rely on employee meetings to set the right tone and pull the unengaged employee back into the fold. What if the employees are brutally honest and say that some of the leaders lack conviction? You are wary of being the messenger and worry about how honest you can be with the leadership group. So, who's going to tell them? We can help!