Monday, April 21, 2008

A Glimpse At The Strategist


Any ideas?
Well, I know most of you knows what Leadership is, right?

How about "Strategic"?
C'mon, root word -- Strategy..?!

Okay... now, things should start popping, huh?

Those of you who are into higher-level Leadership should have
a definite idea about being a Strategist.

From "forecasts of trends and industry analysis to resource audit...
to identification of past strategies... to strategy evaluation... to cultural analysis."

In the Art of War, Sun Tzu illustrated the Value of Environmental
forecasting and analysis in the following excerpt:

"We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar
with the face of the country -- its mountains and forests, its pitfalls.

He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponents
is sure to be captured by them.

... if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result
of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy,
for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."


Now, if there's one word that could describe Strategic Leadership -- FUTURE.

Want Real Value?

It's knowing WHERE you are...
it's knowing WHY you failed before...
it's knowing WHO to partner...
it's knowing WHAT to do with what you have...
it's knowing WHEN to use what you have... and,
it's knowing HOW to get to your destination at the set time.

Goal-orientedness + Creativity + Foresight + Analysis + Decisiveness =
T.H.E. B.E.S.T. S.T.R.A.T.E.G.I.S.T.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

How's Your People Skills?

Are you aware that, as a Leader,
Most of your time is spent on talking?
Yes, talking.

From fellow Executives to Stockholders to
Partners to Suppliers to Clients to Employees.

Each one has their time with you.
Each one with a purpose.

Now, through your interpersonal skills,
You are able to better understand and relate with people.

So take note, a Leader with good interpersonal skills
has the ability to relate in a considerate and effective way,
this means:
  • You treat people as individuals who are different from one another.
  • You are sensitive to each person's unique needs, desires, problems, interests, preferences and ideas.
  • You treat each individual as a person of worth in his/her own right.
  • You see each one of them as an ally or a partner -- people who have a stake in your career.
  • You must exhibit openness. Talking straight to your allies and building mutual trust and respect. It isn't possible for any one of them to know everything, so give them the information they need to know, to help you better.
  • When you think as a Partner, you should not just silently stand when other partners, no matter how senior, are about to make a huge mistake, overlook important opportunities, or miss vital information that could affect performance and success.
  • You can not expect your boss to know everything, therefore, you have to share knowledge... even when the boss doesn't know and therefore, can't ask for it.

When we treat our People as family, we will get their devotion --
thereby, increasing productivity and satisfaction.

When we treat our Partners as family, we will get their trust --
thereby, solidifying their commitment.

When we treat our Clients as family, we will get their loyalty --
thereby, strengthening our customer base and
pushing us closer to our goals.

When our People Skills are mastered empathically --
Leading would lead to Achievement...
and a Successful Career.

The Added Value of a Leader lies in his/her People Skills.