Thursday, May 15, 2008

Leaders are Being Tested

Interesting day! I've had a few conversations with potential Ross Results, Inc., clients today, and I am always amazed at how predictable personalities can be during times of stress. People are cutting cost and not thinking of professional development and organization. It is so easy to get polarized.

Very often certain personality types get to a position of responsibility and become “visionary” in the growth mode when there is a product offering that is making a killing in the market. They look like geniuses managing a company. The stark reality is that during a boom time, many people look good and take themselves seriously - when in truth, it is often in spite of their efforts that success prevails.

To my way of looking at things, it is wrong to think of your "great leadership skills" when business is great. It is similar to thinking that you have a handle on marriage before the honeymoon is over.

Now is the time to develop organizations. It is a time to invest in our workforce from top to bottom. Retreat is easy, operating from vision and pushing aside the natural personality traits which defeat us is what is needed when leading in turbulent times.

While there is always merit to retreating to fight another day, you need to focus on regrouping with a development plan to move forward.

Personal and professional development, learning how to inspire, and selecting and articulating value is critical to all of our futures - let's not loose sight of this in today's business climate.

1 comment:

Marcia J. Mayper said...

Fostering know how is so important especially in the work environment. Working with Rick I learned many positive things to make me a successful marketing rep. and thus transferring the skills to my own endeavors. Thanks Rick!

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Founder/CEO Ross Results, Inc. - Richard is an executive mentor, coach, an executive leader, and clinical therapist and has held Chief "C"- Level leadership positions with private, public, and not for profit, technology and service organizations. He has stewarded organizations through joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, integrations, and ultimately, cultural transformations, both domestically and internationally. This global exposure has guided his professional skills with respect and insight into diversity in the workplace. Richard, in addition to providing performance coaching/mentoring, is a keynote motivational speaker, facilitates senior level workshops, and leadership retreats. Additionally, Richard serves on committees and corporate advisory boards in support of our National Defense and Homeland Security. In 1998 he founded Ross Results, Inc., an idea born in his early days in Corporate America.