In the January-February 2011 issue of the Harvard Business Review, there is an interesting article by Anne Morriss, Robin Ely and Francis Frei called “Stop Holding Yourself Back.” After working with hundreds of leaders in a wide variety of organizations and in countries all over the globe, these authors found one very clear pattern: “When it comes to meeting their leadership potential, many people unintentionally get in their own way.” As they note, “Five barriers in particular tend to keep promising managers from becoming exceptional leaders: people overemphasize personal goals, protect their public image, turn competitors into two-dimensional enemies, go it alone instead of soliciting support and advice, and wait for permission to lead.” The authors’ research shows that “being a leader means an active decision to lead. Only then will the workforce - and society - benefit from the enormous amount of talent currently sitting on the bench.”
When I review this list of barriers today, the one that jumps out at me is the following: “go it alone instead of soliciting support and advice.” Day after day, I listen to leaders explain how lonely it is at the top of their organization. Routinely, they explain that there are few people in their lives who understand the pressures and complexities of their position. They long for a time to meet with others who “get it” and are moving forward in a progressive manner.
Yet, from experience, I know there is a solution. Twice a year, a highly committed group of executives gather at the From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable to learn, network and explore better questions, new ideas and unique perspectives at a deeper and more holistic level. With uninterrupted time and space, they have found this one event to be valuable, yielding new insights to their current and emerging challenges.
Therefore, I invite you to come and join this group on April 14 - 15 for the Spring 2011 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable which will be held at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa.
Here is the agenda for your review
Thursday: April 14, 2011
- 8:30 am - Registration
- 9:00 am - 10:15 am - The Four Leadership Mistakes We Keep Making
- 10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break
- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Positioning For the Future Growth
- 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch and Networking
- 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - Breaking Down Silos & Building Bridges
- 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break
- 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Consensus and Decision-making
- 4:30 pm - Adjourn
Friday: April 15, 2011
- 9:00 am - 10:15 am - The Problem With Corporate Success
- 10:15 am - 10:45 am - Break and Hotel Check-out
- 10:45 am - 12:00 pm - Integration and Application
- 12:00 pm - Adjourn
The registration price is $ 295.00 for the two days and $ 195.00 for a single day. For more details and a registration form, please click on the following link:
If you want to be at the Spring 2011 Roundtable, there is still time and space for you to participate. All you need to do is e-mail me today and I can get the ball rolling on this end. Then, all we have to do is meet at the Spring Roundtable in Coralville.
Have a good week, and I look forward to hearing from you.