Leadercast Speaker Insight: Malcolm Gladwell

GladwellLeadercast 2014 is fast approaching and the speaker line-up is fantastic! We have been highlighting some of the speakers to prime everyone and get ready to engage in new ways to energize your leadership skills. Malcolm Gladwell is a distinguished author and has challenged us to think about certain ideas in new ways. His latest book is no different — David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Highlighted below is a video clip of an interview between Malcolm Gladwell and Issie Lapowsky with Inc.‘s Idea Lab.

To watch more of Inc.‘s interviews, check What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Underdogs.

One more quick insight from Malcolm Gladwell in an Inc. article (The Real Reason David Beats Goliath):

“This is the classic story of the business world. The very same thing that appears to make a company so formidable–its size, its resources–serve as stumbling blocks when they’re forced to respond to a situation where the rules are changing, and where nimbleness, and flexibility, and adaptability are better attributes. Which is the story of David and Goliath, right? David had nimbleness. He changed the rules. He brought in the superior of technology.”

Get ready for Leadercast 2014!

Your leadership will be challenged anew and you will be energized! Join us for a day of insights and interaction. Register today!

Leadership is a choice, and leadership is continuing to learn and grow. Malcolm Gladwell along with other leaders will challenge us so join us for Leadercast on May 9th!

 

Vision: Purposeful or Pitfall

The March Authentic Leadership Dallas lunch meeting will be focused on vision. We will meet on March 25, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. Please RSVP on our Meetup page; you can find directions and other details there. We meet in the restaurant.

There is always a lot of chatter about having vision. Is vision important for individuals? Is vision vital for organizations?

Vision delivers a line of sight forward. More than this, vision creates a picture of what a possible future can look like. Even with a reasonable vision, some companies may not fully realize their desired endpoint while others may die in their vision. For example, Kodak had a vision yet the market passed them by.

The focus of our leadership lunch conversation will be centered on the value and pitfalls of vision. Some suggested reading to ignite your thoughts are highlighted below.

Vision: Purposeful or Pitfall

Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course. Key Quote: “Typically, visions are not far-reaching enough, not big enough. Often, a vision is so generic that people cannot latch onto it, they can’t feel it in their heart and gut. And even when there’s a good vision, it’s guaranteed to fail miserably if senior management doesn’t walk the talk.”

What The Heck Is Wrong with… Mission and Vision Statements? Key quote: “From what I see, mission and vision statements are often a muddled stew of goals, values, aspirations, philosophies, strategies and descriptions. So, before I share with you some of my favorite ‘good’ examples, let’s just be clear about the difference between a mission and a vision statement:  A mission statement articulates the purpose of the company, basically why it exists, what it does and for whom. It should serve as an ongoing guide that spells out what the company is all about. The mission should focus on the here and now. A vision statement outlines the goals and aspirations for the future. It creates a mental picture of a specific medium-term target and should be as a source of inspiration….”

Do Your Mission and Vision Statements Fit Their Purpose? Key quote: “Extrinsic rewards and motivation produce short-term focus and thinking. This is not to say it is wrong or bad, but you need to notice it and manage those rewards around the appropriate outcomes. You also need to connect to long-term horizons, a place where people can locate themselves inside the story, be autonomous and design strategies for personal growth and purpose. A vision and mission will help them.”

Write a Vision Statement that Works. Key quote: “A good mission or vision statement is just that, a statement of a vision – a look ahead into the future.  A vision statement is an articulation of a view of the world that your company and your people are working towards, not what they are expected to do now.”

Why Startups Need a Strong Vision. Key quote: “You can’t base your company around current technologies, trends, or other companies. It’s about what you are doing for your customers.”

How to Create a Shared Vision that Works. Key quote: “In this last step, each team member identifies specific goals and actions they will personally take that demonstrate they are living the vision right now, even as they continue to develop the vision and work out the details. When they share their goals, they should also explain what they need from other team members for support. This is one of the most powerful steps in the process.”

Leading Conversation Agenda

Our meeting agenda is:

  • Forty-five second introduction: What do you want people to remember about you after the meeting? (10 minutes)
  • Question 1:  In the organizations you have been involved with, have all of them had strong visions? Is there a difference between organizations with strong and weak visions? Is there a difference between organizations with a vision and without a vision? Share your experiences. (20 minutes)
  • Question 2:  In your experiences, what has worked (or not worked) in getting a group of leaders to agree on a vision for an organization? What process have you used to develop a strong vision? (20 minutes)
  • Wrap-up: Leadercast updates and areas of assistance, May 9th.

If you haven’t registered for Leadercast on May 9th, please consider joining us to energize your leadership skills and spirit!

The Entrepreneurial Scene in Dallas

During the past few weeks, I had an opportunity to watch, along with a sold out crowd, various start-up pitches from Health Wildcatters and then attend an open house at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (or The DEC). Dallas has a robust entrepreneurial community and much more effort is being placed to bring this community together and encourage the “can do” spirit of Dallas. The DEC just released the infographic below to highlight the start-up scene in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. This infographic is informative and also serves as a great resource guide. Keep leading with the entrepreneurial spirit!

Why Dallas - A Guide to the Startup Scene in Dallas - Fort Worth