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When you feel discouraged, if you determine that you still want the result, you will achieve it as long as you keep taking steps in that direction. Trust the process." Breakthroughs take time
Leaders must challenge the status quo and take unconventional actions to drive extraordinary results. When you take unconventional actions in hopes of getting an extraordinary outcome, the responses are similar.
As a leader, you must have the courage to take such steps—to be “barefoot”—so that you can do whatever is necessary to achieve your most audacious goals.
Leaders need to regularly assess their organization's current state across factors like operations, team capabilities, resources, culture and more.
Understanding the gap between the present and future state enables leaders to craft data-driven strategies and plans to reach the next level.
Rather than relying on assumptions, leaders should gather data through assessments, analysis, staff and customer surveys and more.
Leaders are only as effective as their teams.
To successfully execute on strategy, leaders must ensure they have the right talent in the right roles.
This requires an understanding of each team member's skills, work styles, strengths and development needs in relation to the skills and behaviors needed to drive strategy forward.
Leaders may need to restructure teams or reposition team members to align with strategic objectives.
With a vision defined and the right team in place, leaders need to create a detailed action plan that outlines exactly how the future state will be reached.
This includes defining key activities, owners, milestones, resources required, risks and mitigation tactics.
An accountability framework should outline metrics and key results each team and leader will be measured on to ensure alignment and motivation to execute the plan.
Markets, technologies, competitors and customer preferences are continually evolving. Organizations must build a culture and capability to anticipate changes ahead of the curve and embrace them.
Rather than reacting, leaders should proactively predict industry shifts using market analysis, competitive intelligence, customer insights and more.
Customer motivations, values, challenges and desires continually evolve. Leaders must deeply understand target customers to create differentiated value propositions that evolve in line with emerging needs.
This requires continuously gathering customer insights through surveys, interviews, advisory groups and journey mapping.
Change management provides structures, processes and tools to help employees across an organization understand the need for change, embrace new ways of working and adopt change.
Because humans are wired for certainty and habit, leading change requires thoughtful change management.
Leaders must clearly communicate "the why" and alleviate concerns.
Coaching, training and organizational alignment are key enablers.
When you take unconventional actions in hopes of getting an extraordinary outcome, the responses are similar. As a leader, you must have the courage to take such steps—to be “barefoot”—so that you can do whatever is necessary to achieve your most audacious goals.
"The key is in not spending time, but in investing it." - Covey
Barefoot in the Boardroom is a book written by Shara Hutchinson, published in August 2, 2022. It is a guide for business professionals on how to expand their leadership skills and optimize their talents. The book provides techniques and methods on how to assess one's leadership capacity, create change and transformation, lead with authenticity, and develop a successful career.
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