All forms of the company collapse have deep roots in the hidden imperfections and deficiencies of the leaders. According to my experience and knowledge in different industries, there are certain reasons for this;
- They fail to understand basic leadership principles.
- They fail to listen.
- They fail to take advice.
- They fail to understand their people.
- They fail to understand the productivity, innovation and competition.
- They fail to succeed a vision of success that is founded on the highest level of integrity and credibility with employees and customers.
- They stimulate control over the organization through status and sycophants.
- They get blinded by their illusory power.
- They create clans, clubs and inner circles.
- They fail to create their own value system and fail to apply such values skillfully and consistently.
- They fail to encourage their people to be themselves.
I know that some organizations successfully manage their operations and achieve competitive customer value.
On the other side, many organizations have different problems. Their most important problem is the quality of the leader. How they fail to compete with their peers in the long-term, read Doug Wilson’s article. He explains in an excellent way “Can a Company Become Unleadable?”
Now I will ask some questions!
- Do you believe that your most important priorities in innovation and competitiveness are your people, how you are leading and how much you are getting? Do you take suitable actions on time?
- Do you innovate next product or brains behind the boardroom?
- Do you have right interviewer skills to search, select and hire. Are you competitive in working with the right people?
- Do you have the right skills in your chief executive officer or leader or boss?
- Do you give crucial importance for customer service and behave ethically?
- Is your organization in alignment? Do you create candor effect?
- Do you deliver your service on time and in highest quality?
- Do you have operational excellence, organizational agility and effective lean management?
- Is your sales organization effective and competitive? Do you go to the field, audit and take suitable actions?
- Do you have a customer immersion lab?
- Do you have internal politics?
- Do you perform competitive intelligence?
- Do you apply 100 percent customer satisfaction policy?
- Is your supply chain competitive?
- Do you apply a long-term, systematic and continuous marketing and innovation strategy? Do you regularly reconfigure it?
- Do you make sector analysis and if necessary perform a healthy disengagement?
- Do you recognize, train, develop, reward and inspire your people?
- Do you regularly benchmark your organization, processes and customer loyalty?
- Do you innovate in your systems, methodologies and cultures.
- Do you invest in new technology and services?
- Do you create a superior employee engagement?
- Give right answers to the above questions and take suitable actions and execute them. This will create a safe environment for employees and your team members to collaborate and think about what’s possible rather than just doing it.
- Make self-comprehension and check your integrity and credibility and then develop an inner clarity. Understand your bright and dark sides, strengths and weakness. Apply right leadership principles and concepts in a consistent way.
- Stimulate and create a superior employee engagement.
- Acknowledge the challenges to every person in the organization.
- Apply a “Close-to-Customer” innovation policy.
- Bring “What’s next?” to the table every day in your organization.
- Give maximum priority to the customer loyalty.
- Recognize the power of a ‘strong culture + community’ and don’t tell a story.
- Training for you and your people is a must for competing!
Don’t forget that opportunities are within innovation. It can start in the upper levels of the organization and funnel down into everything that you are.
Learn, Understand, Do, Develop, Improve and Believe?
When things go wrong don’t look at others, just look at yourself!
Stay open to change and innovate. Be truly an inspiration as a leader, mentor and role model!
How do you innovate in yourself to be truly an inspiration as a leader?
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Yusuf Tokdemir is a business advisor, entrepreneur, founder of business and innovation consultant. He has a proven track record of success in multi-industry.
He is the founder and CEO of the Innovation Turkey . It is an Innovation Management Consulting and Training Company. It collaborates with the companies for people training, leadership development, new product design, new service design, new business design and organizes seminars and workshops on innovation management to achieve competitive commercial outcomes.