Acting solely in the interests of shareholders, not in the interests of the company as a whole
Lack of independent judgement – falling into Groupthink – Not having strength in your own convictions, not willing to be a minority of one.
Not seeing the risks facing the business
Failing to stand up to dominant or highly influential board members. As a board members you have “joint and several liability” you are both jointly and individually responsible for all board decision making. If you see risks, bring up those risks.
Making promises you can’t keep – not maintaining integrity in all you do and say
Not empowering employees – forgetting the power of a few encouraging words from you to any individual employee
Gary Burnison, the CEO of leading global headhunters Korn Ferry recently shared a tool for understanding the current health of your career, the Career Momentum Index (CMI).
Gary says that, in our careers, we also need to honestly know “Where am I right now?”. For a healthy body, we can check out our heart rate, our body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. For careers, Korn Ferry have the Career Momentum Index (CMI).
Do you have Career Momentum?
Are you engaged in your current job? Do you wake up every morning, ready to go, or do you hit the snooze button–literally and figuratively?
Does your boss recognize your contribution? When was the last time your boss acknowledged what you did? How well did you do on your last performance review–have you even had one in the last 12 months?
Are you considered indispensable? Are you the go-to person for your boss and the team who does whatever it takes it get things done?
When was the last time you were promoted? Two years ago? Five years? Longer?
When was the last time you learned something new in your job? Are you stretched and growing, or is it the “same old, same old” every day?
Last night I hit a goal that has taken 3 years. Back in 2016 in Washington on the EO Global Leadership Academy, together with Rich Mulholland and Christophe Magnussen, we each committed to get serious about video creation.
“An artist never finishes a work, he abandons it.”
I thrive on interaction. This blog gives me a short term feedback as I write. I can hit publish after 15 to 20 minutes and immediately get responses.
I’ve consistently failed to write a book because I am addicted to the short term feedback of blog comments, of emails, of youtube videos… I’ve never been able to commit to the 3 year process of writing without “likes” and comments.
The question for me: is it still important to me to write a book?
Digital affects every area of my life, yet I am often an idiot when it comes to online security.
Hacking is not just something just for the US Government and large banks to worry about. Lots of companies and people have been hacked in 2018 with large data breaches or shutdown of their services.
A question we must all address is our preference for either A) security or B) ease of access. Most increases in security have an impact in your personal ease of access. For some lesser important services, ease will be most important. For your critical digital services (email, banking, credit cards) security might take the upper hand. For social media profiles some balance between security and ease is probably right.
I have 2 requests of you to make your (online) life more secure:
#1 Use Two Factor Authentication
The most important step for you as an individual is to set up Two Factor Authentication (2FA) for your email. 2FA is a security process in which you provide use 2 devices to verify your identity. In my case, I use my iphone as the second factor. Everywhere that gives you an option of 2FA… I’d switch it on.
#2 Use a Password Manager
…and create different passwords for every site that you use. I use Lastpass. It runs on my laptop, my ipads and my iphone. It will run on most devices.
I had a wonderful conversation with EO South Africa member and RadEO Podcast host Ross Drakes (along with the great Rich Mulholland) a few weeks back after the EO Global Leadership Academy in Washington.
About this Episode: In this episode of RadEO, Ross talks to Conor Neill, the president of Vistage Spain. They talk about how you are a vehicle for a project and one should realise your own potential and purpose. Finding meaning in suffering can help in not losing sight of your full strength. Conor gives his 3 top ways to communicating effectively and understanding others around you by asking them what fulfilment looks like. We are all encouraged by enthusiasm, and Conor suggests putting enthusiasm into everything we do.
Podcast Show Summary of our Conversation
00:44 – Conor’s elevator pitch
09:38 – Unlocking your own potential and realising your purpose
13:20 – Finding meaning in suffering
20:21 – Not losing sight of your full strength and potential
22:05 – Communicating effectively
26:05 – We are encouraged by other’s enthusiasm
32:50 – Nothing worthwhile is within your comfort zone
35:00 – When your core is clear you’re not seeking after the opinions of others
37:13 – Ask people around who want they need to be fulfilled
40:20 – Sometimes it’s easy for us to give to others, what’s easy for us to give
43:40 – Allow your intuition to tell you what are the things that are important to you
One of my early business mentors told me “you have to be half the price or triple the value for someone to switch from their current provider”. People don’t switch from Sears to Amazon for a couple of pennies… the new had to be much better than the old.
If you were competing with yourself, or competing with your business – how would you attack? Where is that weakness? Fix that. Don’t wait for the customers to discover that someone else does it for half the price or triple the value… because it will be very hard to get them back.
Nothing brings more opportunity into your life than speaking well in public.
I have been teaching for 16 years on many leadership programs at IESE Business School. Today I’m sharing a playlist of a series of videos that we put together as an introduction for participants of future courses.
There are 10 videos in the full playlist with a total duration of about 60 minutes.