Communication and Other Soft Skills

Vision to Fit the People

Does the Vision Fit? Does your vision fit your people? Dave Barram is the former CFO of Apple. In our interview with him we asked about the important characteristics of a leader. This segment of the interview highlights his thoughts on how a leader carries the vision and makes sure the vision is deeply integrated […]

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Case: The Vital Few

Case Author: Gordon Whitehead, Founder of Leaders247 I worked for Sequent Computers in the late 1990s. Sequent was a phenomenal company. It was well-run and had tremendous leadership at all levels. We sold high-end mid-range computers and we hovered around $900m in revenue. Sequent leaders successfully integrated their vision and strategy into our day-to-day work.

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Intro to Vision

From Vision to Action Strategic leaders see the whole picture. Wayne Gretzky often repeated the advice his Father gave him to “Skate to where the puck is gonna be, not where it has been.” Wayne Gretzky is the all-time hockey scoring leader who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. His statement explains the difference between strategic

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Sought-After Leadership Capabilities

Pay Attention In this video Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard, says she thinks there are three things leaders need to pay attention to: (a) Capability, (b) Collaboration, and (c) Character. Carly then focuses on the capabilities leaders need. The capabilities she focuses on are important competencies found in successful leaders. The competencies

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Important Leadership Competencies

There are a number of perspectives on which competencies are most important for a business. The most important point for leaders to remember is that there is no one-size-fits-all model. Leaders interested in thinking about a competency framework need to examine competencies in clusters of ideas and then get specific relative to the needs of the organization.

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Competency Framework

Understanding what a competency is and how you can create a framework of competencies for developing people is a competitive advantage. SHRM A simple definition of competency is the ability or skill that allows someone to do something effectively and/or efficiently. The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) describes a competency as a cluster of

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What is a Competency

We interviewed Enrique Washington who is currently a Senior Talent Development leader at ESPN and is the author of Competencies at Work: Providing a Common Language for Talent Management. Enrique’s background is rich with helping large organizations develop talent management strategies that impact the bottom-line. In this segment of the interview Enrique talks about the concept

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