Keiths Executive Blog

Saturday, 30 November 2013 13:58

To Be A Great Leader, You Need A Great Team

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To Be A Great Leader, You Need A Great Team I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, “teamwork makes the dream work,” whether on the field or in the office.  This statement, as cliché as it may be, couldn’t be closer to the truth.  The people who stand beside you, behind you and all around you are the backbone to future longevity and successful leadership.  So far you’ve made your way to the top through your own hard work and diligent efforts, but the fact of the matter is, you don’t know everything and in order to perform effectively as a senior leader, you must accept the reality that you’ll never have all the answers.  A great leader will allow his or her team the opportunity to help in areas that are unfamiliar to him or her. The most important asset of any organization is its people.  Having a strong core set of people around you is indispensable and greatly affects your ability to lead.  Neither leaders nor organizations rise above the level of talent on its roster.  In order to sustain growth in any business or corporation, it requires the collective input of like-minded individuals who also hone a…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 18:28

Five Skills That Separate “Great” Leaders From The Rest

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Much has been written about the importance of having the skills needed to be a good leader and executive. Most will highlight: (a) Focused on execution and delivering results, (b) Strategic and visionary with an eye on the future, (c) Great business acumen with mastery of the financials, and  (d) the ability to create followership. While there is no arguing that these are essential skills, the great leaders understand that in order to truly get the best out of people and deliver the best for the organization, it takes more. The work of an executive leader is to ensure that the organization remains engaged, motivated, committed, and focused on achieving its goal. This is not to imply that hard work and delivering results are no longer essential to success. You just need to recognize that how you work will be different, and results will be the by-product of your effectiveness at executive tasks. The complex challenge of executive leadership does not allow you to simply rely on your fallback skills. Instead, you must develop and leverage new skills that may fall outside your sweet spot. As opposed to the skills that made you a success early in your career, you…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 19:01

It's Not About "Luck"

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As an executive coach I speak to people all the time about their career plans and aspirations. I am always encouraged that most individuals I speak with are serious about their careers. They have goals to earn more money, buy a better home or automobile, and generally provide a better quality of life for them and their families. Many times the discussion turns to how others have been more “lucky” at getting that promotion, raise or opportunity than they did. To these individuals, they mistakenly assume that “luck” is the only factor that determines success and who has a bright future. But in my experience, people create their own “luck” by being ready when that promotion or opportunity presents itself. The reality is, to get that job, promotion or raise, you must be a continuous learner. With such a fast paced, high tech world, you have to keep your skills current to remain relevant. You may have to learn a new skill, take a new course to expand your knowledge base, or earn that degree to better position you for success. The future is coming fast and furious. It will bring with it promotions, raises, and opportunities…..but only for those…
Monday, 30 September 2013 00:00

The Time is Now!

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Recently, I spoke to a group of professionals who found themselves in the middle of their careers. Many had ten or more years of professional working experience, but hadn’t realized the career growth they anticipated. A few were committed to still chasing their dreams. Sadly, many others had resigned themselves to the idea that this was as good as it gets. My reaction was simple: it’s never too late to become who you were born to be! Too often we focus on the past. Past opportunities that got away, past individuals we didn’t connect with, past ambitions we’ve let remain dormant. Well, there is no better time than NOW! Now is the time to re-commit to your dream! Now is the time to revise your career goals! Now is the time to join that organization, take that class, get that degree, write that book, start that business! Yesterday is behind you, and tomorrow is not promised. All you have is NOW! Make the most of it.
Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

Embrace Change…..Or Else!

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I am amazed at how quickly things seem to change. What’s “in” today, can be old news tomorrow. Ironically, most people are change resistant. We find a certain degree of comfort in routine, in knowing that what is today, will be tomorrow. This is true in our careers, our relationships and our businesses. The truth of the matter is, we are all in a state of constant change. People change, relationships change, jobs change, and industries change. So the question is, how do we best deal with change? In the 80′s a company called Wang was the leading manufacturer of word processing equipment. They saw the advent of the PC and word processing software, but determined that no software package could replace their machine. Have you seen anyone with a Wang business card lately? No, the company is only a memory. As a child, I would often spend hours playing arcade pinball games in the mall. A roll of quarters and I was the “pinball wizard” for an afternoon. Around the time I was leaving high school, this game system call Atari was being sold in stores. Kids could take it home, plug into a TV and play whenever they…
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 00:00

Thermostat or Thermometer?

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Recently, I found myself extremely frustrated at work. Not the normal, ” business as usual” frustration, but the kind that quickly led to a negative state of mind. You could see it in my face, my tone of voice, even in my stride. This sense of frustration was multiplied by the fact that it was not one or two big things gnawing at me, rather, a series of little annoyances. To make matters worse, many of them were things out of my control ( i.e. Inflation, the economy, weather). However, as I walked around my office I noticed that as the leader, everyone took their cue from me! It was as if, the atmosphere of the office rested on the disposition of the leader, namely, me! If I looked and acted defeated, my associates would pick up on that and begin to panic. If I made negative comments about the business results or the latest industry article, they would become negative as well. This reminded me that as a leader I need to always be aware of not only my IQ (Intelligence Quotient), but my EQ (Emotional Quotient) as well. Simply put, I had to accept the fact that other’s…
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