CEO succession planning is not easy. Knowing what your company will face in the future, trying to prepare executives to run your company, and then selecting the best possible candidate from a group of internal contenders (and comparing them with highly qualified outsiders) is a truly complex challenge.
We think we’re supposed to want to grab that Boss brass ring, because many our co-workers are clamoring to break out of the cube farm and earn the right to an office with an actual door. But what if the glamorized idea of leadership just isn’t for you? What’s a stellar individual contributor in a workplace that’s all about climbing the ladder, not contentedly camping out on the third rung, to do?
We’ve made it through the first week of Q4, and I wanted to take this time to check-in. The truth is: your year is pretty much made, so if things are going poorly, it’s probably time to stop, drop, and roll. Hopefully, that’s not your year. Hopefully, you’re rolling in it, and assuming you’re in good shape, the start of Q4 is a good time to stop, reflect, and learn. This is the best way to get the most out of your fourth quarter and set up a spectacular 2020.
You probably know someone who has recently been on an “offsite” with their team or company; you might actually know a lot of someones who have. In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in the attention and dollars organizations are willing to spend on building a company culture in the right way, and offsites have become a popular way to help do just that.
Accountability is one of the biggest stressors we see leaders struggling with, from first-time managers to CEOs. Being a leader means getting results through other people, so how do you make sure your people are responsible and held accountable for their results, so you can be accountable for yours?
The summer solstice provides us a fantastic excuse to be intentional about how we spend our time, an excuse to celebrate that we have So. Many. Ways. to do things that make us feel alive, and to rumple up the routine in a world where we’ve gotten so good at doing the same thing day after day and week after week in a pseudo-satisfied trance.
One of the most daunting things about being a leader is that you’re almost always being watched by your team, and that it almost always matters– even when you think the stakes are low or there are no stakes at all. There are always stakes in leadership.
Still, the perks, confidence, and security that come with being a HI PO are pretty great. So, what does it take to become a high potential? Here’s a quick list that will get you back out there doing all of those things that will (hopefully) get you on that list.
I used to travel for business, a lot. For a large part of my career—about 15 to 20 years of it—I was traveling at least once per week. Plus, starting in 2006 when I began my international professional travel, I visited 17 countries for work. I'm happy to have had a mini-reprieve in my new role and spend more time with my family. What all that travel has given me, though, are some really helpful tips for business travel (and those frequent flier miles), especially if it’s going to become a big part of your life.
Being a HI PO is a great thing for a career. It is a designation, more often made informally, that indicates who the company is betting on to become their future rock star. There is an expectation, or at least a hope, that these folks will eventually lead the company. Do you know if you’re considered a HI PO?
Productivity is like the holy grail, the code to the meaning of life that we are all still trying to crack. It might be the one thing that companies and employees are trying to get right at the same time and in the same way.
Leaders fret about whether they have the talent they need to compete in the ever-changing market in which they play. This is one of those nagging concerns for CEOs. One of the reasons this concern doesn’t go away is many CEOs recognize that their company doesn’t have the talent management skills that enable a stable and predictable flow of quality leaders.
It’s that time of year again; resolution setting and goal planning to map out your year ahead. Whether you call them goals, resolutions, or intentions, January 1 is a completely arbitrary reset and yet is a convenient reminder for us to re-evaluate and take stock. Anything that results in us reflecting inward a bit more is a pretty good thing in our book as long as you are kind to yourself along the way. Often we try to use our January goals to make up for the year we just had, and while that’s optimistic (and the optimism behind the “new year” trend is something I love), it’s not always the most effective plan.
“Happy Work” is in our name, and we’ll still be some of the first people to tell you that your career doesn’t always come up roses. Work isn’t happy every day, and that’s OK! Sometimes it’s smelly, rotten, exhausting, boring, and difficult (and not in the fun-challenging kind of way). Conflict at work can be a big part of the stink.