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 advises leaders of some of the world’s most admired companies, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 200 strategic planning sessions, and he’s delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. His fifth leadership book—How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices—examines 52 of history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies and debuted in April as the #1 new historical reference book on Amazon.

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