A few days ago we posted a podcast with Jason Jennings. His tip was to share your strategy with everyone. The successful CEOs that Jason interviewed for his new book, Hit the Ground Running, willingly share their strategies with the competition. Why? Because they know that even if the competitors steal their ideas, they will fall down with the fundamental step of execution.
Earlier in the month I also did an interview with Trevor Gay on his Simplicity Blog. He asked for three tips for new leaders. The first one I gave was to concentrate on the fundamentals. They are the requisite building blocks for success in so many aspects of life
Fundamentals are not glamorous. They’re usually not much fun. Developing them requires hard work and discipline. That’s why they are so frequently ignored. How many times have you witnessed a manager violate a basic fundamental of leadership?
Joe and Wanda, would you care to comment?
Joe Kerr: I’m fundamentally in agreement with you – a rare occurrence. Blocking and tackling, baby! Even being the quick study that I am, it took me a while to master the fundamentals. I do my best to pass along my knowledge to others.
Wanda B. Goode: Agreed. I find that more often than not, managers don’t even manage any more. They don’t show their faces until there is a crisis. It’s tough to build an engaged work force that way. Making improvements in the fundamentals of management and leadership takes time – time that most are not willing to take. They tend to pay the price in the long run.
Why not spend some time this week on the fundamentals? The posts below might help.
Here’s one on the Fundamentals of Marine Core Leadership.
Here’s a post with a tip for how to Get Back to Leadership Basics.