The luncheon was part of a morning and lunch time workshop entitled "Leadership: How to Get a Seat at the C-suite Table," led by Dan Novak from TCU's Tandy Center on Executive Leadership. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the lunch portion. (Judging by the interactive discussion and topics from the morning, it was pretty solid.)
As for the lunch, the leadership-oriented session was to learn how to have an authentic voice and a strong organizational/business culture that stands strong in the face of disaster or attack.
The best takeaways on leading and influencing (according to my scribbled notes):
- Be better at what you do.
- Success: You need to want to be a part of it.
- Client/Organization interaction via social media - You don't own your reputation.
- We need to have a voice that matters.
- Breakthrough organizations are more likely to anticipate and determine root causes of problems and not just reacting.
- Social network analysis can make networks visible thus make it actionable.
- The Org Chart is not the way organizations really function.
- We need to have the awareness within the org to understand the person(s) with knowledge and skills right for specific times of communication need.
- Successful organizations practice constant self-reflection and has a willingness to improve and learn.
- If I can think differently, I may be able to add more value and diagnose problems.
There were a few other gems worth noting:
- "Closed" approach is no longer sustainable.
- Information flows in and out...with or without you.
- Establishing your voice.
- Listen to your employees
- They have a voice
- They want to be heard to tell their story
- They want action/results
- Lead by collaborative influence across functional, social, demographic, and organizational boundaries [silos].
Everything you do [or not] sends a message. What gets your attention? Are you anticipating or reacting? As always, the comments are yours.