Archive for November, 2010
Posted on30. Nov, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
Please don’t get me wrong; I’m not whining or looking for sympathy. The truth is that I have quickly learned how lonely it is as an executive. My words and actions are watched more closely and interpreted beyond what I intended. The availability of colleagues to bounce ideas off of shrinks due to demanding schedules [...]
Posted on28. Nov, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
What a year! From small businesses to large organizations, none escaped the far-reaching impact of the global economic breakdown. I’m no economist, but I don’t believe we’ve seen the end to changes the economy will put into play for all types of businesses. And how businesses respond will continue to separate the successful from the [...]
Posted on23. Nov, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
I was reminded of a powerful insight the other day regarding leadership. It has to do with encouragement. As a leader, one of the most important things you can do is encourage your people. Think about it for a moment. What happens when you take time to encourage others to see beyond their own perceptions? [...]
Posted on21. Nov, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
Reinforcing your company’s vision and mission takes focus and steadfastness. And on the playing field of running a business we encounter so many situations that challenge our management and leadership capabilities. How we respond to each situation is an opportunity to reinforce what the business stands for. It is also our opportunity to show what [...]
Posted on16. Nov, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
A business strategy is no good without people. Management can create a compelling reason for shifts in the business for 2011, but without engagement by staff into those changes, stellar strategy becomes stagnant strategy. By stagnant I mean that the strategic ideas and related tactics become fodder for water cooler conversation. Something like, “Did you [...]
Posted on10. Nov, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
In our work with organizations we see managers continually involving the same people in projects. It’s logical for sure; however, it limits the company’s ability to generate fresh solutions to constantly evolving problems. It also sends an unintended message to those who aren’t invited to be on project teams: we have favorites around here. You [...]
Posted on09. Nov, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
Last month I briefly mentioned that I don’t believe in work-life balance. I believe in what we call at Achieved Strategies an Integrated Life Philosophy. Before I get to what an Integrated Life Philosophy is, let me explain why I don’t believe in work-life balance. The pursuit of balance between work and life frustrates me. [...]