On the bridge or in the galley?

July 17th, 2012  | 

Published in Leadership, Problem Solving, Strategic Planning

Recession Recovery

As businesses emerge from the worst recession in 80 years, many leaders of small and mid-sized businesses find that they’ve been pulled into operations during recession recovery.

Over the course of the past 24 months, some of these leaders gave up their strategic vantage point on the bridge of their ship for a position in the galley. Instead of charting the course, they’re cooking breakfast.

It’s one thing for a leader to jump in and assist colleagues from time to time executing the business plan and helping to address urgent issues. It’s another thing – and ultimately detrimental to the long-term success of the company – for a leader to abandon the critical role as the steward of the plan and an observer who’s capable of connecting seemingly unrelated dots that can lead to success.

Whose job are you doing today?

Are you on the bridge or in the galley?

About the Author: Greg Bustin is an executive coach, consultant and speaker who has delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. www.bustin.com Greg advises leaders at some of the world’s most admired companies, and his views about leadership have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Investor’s Business Daily, Leader to Leader, and other major publications. He’s written five leadership books. His newest book, How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices (Sourcebooks), examines decision-making in history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies. How Leaders Decide

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