Season 4 Episode SIX of the intrepidNOW podcast series, Leadership on the Ground. with Erica Peitler and co-host Todd Schnick, editor-in-chief at the intrepidNOW Network.
The Tensions of Leadership…
Listen in as we discuss Leading Organizations – Part 1: Diagnosing Your Business Lifecyle and Establishing Your Leadership Role Clarity
SEASON 4 EPISODE SIX – Leading Organizations, Diagnosing Your Business Lifecyle and Establishing Your Leadership Role Clarity
Discussion Guide for this episode:
1. What kind of organizational leader can you be: Entrepreneurial? Enterprise? Both? And how are they different?
2. Entrepreneurial: the hunter, looking for the deal, going with your gut, your instincts.
3. Enterprise: More belief in structure, process, systems, operationalize the organization, get the trains to run on time.
4. The key is for an organization to navigate the balance between the two styles.
5. Another key for an organization is to match the leadership style with the life cycle the organization is currently in.
6. The tension is can a leader transition from one style to another, or do you have to hire for that? For example, if you are entrepreneurial, you can hire a COO. If you an enterprise style leader, you can hire an innovation officer.
7. What are the signs that you have to begin the work to make that transition from one style to another?
8. When a leadership style is not in alignment with the business cycle, you can see where an organization is ripe to be disrupted.
9. Too many organizations aren’t thinking about this, and in many cases, do not understand what life cylcle they are in. How do you know?
10. How do we deal with the tension between strategy and operations? If you do not draw a line between the two, you begin to have muddled conversations and outputs.
11. As an organization evolves, you must focus on the business culture, and is that evolving as well, and still in alignment with the business life cycle. Obviously (or not), how we do things at the entrepreneurial startup stage is different when you are an established, large enterprise organization.
12. Don’t forget the importance of communication and messaging when this transition between life cycles is occurring.
13. Is your talent and training evolving as well? When you have transitioned to an enterprise organization, is your talent still in the startup mindset?
14. The tension of the speed of business: the entrepreneurial speed of business is now and immediately; the enterprise speed of business is what the process and systems dictates.
15. The tension of risk management. No surprise, but a startup is more willing (and able) to take, endure, and recover from big risks…
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