When you're in the daily grind, it can be difficult to see past the way that your company does things. Spending time with other successful companies and leaders can challenge and inspire you to think just a little bit different.
“The Coca-Cola Company has a board and they’re just selling sugar water. Shouldn’t we all have advisory boards?”
I’ll never forget one of my mentors asking me this question. It was a pivotal moment. After that meeting, I began to develop a personal advisory board. It has been by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
In our discussions with younger leaders, we have found a tendency for many to be so frustrated with the present that it clouds the possibility of the future. And yet, the present often provides the most fertile ground for growth toward a better future. Here are three positive ways how now can lead to next.
When it comes to innovation and launching, one of the best books I’ve read is by David Butler, the VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company. Perhaps you’ve heard of Coke?
David’s book Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too) is filled with incredible lessons and learning that can be applied to any size group, company and even entrepreneurs.
One of my favorite leadership events is the Global Leadership Summit hosted by Willow Creek Community Church pastor, Bill Hybels. The Summit occurs the second week of August in Chicago, but there are remote video simulcasts in cities all over the world.
Every year, Bill opens the Summit by sharing what he has been learning as the leader of a large organization. I will never forget the time Bill talked about, what he referred to as, the basic job description of every leader: To move followers from here to there. Sounds pretty simple. However, there are three critical nuances to doing it well.
My first day on the job Mr. Polk brought me into his office and shared three pieces of advice, which would ultimately become the greatest leadership advice I would ever receive.
“Jeff, here’s the kind of person I want you to be while working for me. First, please understand and live out this truth: There’s not a limit to what a person can do when he or she doesn’t care who gets the credit.”
I’ve gotten some incredible leadership advice over the years.
The most recent piece of advice that had a large impact came from a gentleman by the name of Dr. Dallas Deming, who I affectionately call Dr. D.
Dr. D and his wife wrote a book called Can You Hear Me Now?. The lessons in the book really changed the way that I’ve led people in recent years, primarily around this one thought: When you can help someone self-discover their own solution to a problem, it allows them to take a huge step forward in their personal leadership journey.