Right now, there is a global economic crisis, a prolonged recession, a sluggish recovery, and a Congress that loves to debate everything to the last minute before making any real decisions. And we as leaders find ourselves navigating through this previously unknown and prolonged period of strategic uncertainty with more and more people, customers, suppliers and companies struggling. Former Intel CEO Andy Grove calls times like this a “strategic inflection point,” namely a period when significant change in the competitive environment requires a company to make major adaptations to new circumstances, or risk extinction, i.e. change or die.
On Thursday and Friday of last week, those who gathered for the Fall 2011 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable explored in-depth the challenges and choices of this current environment. While some executives are focusing on control, compliance and compensation, those who came to the Fall Roundtable explored the important areas of strategy, talent and execution. In particular, we examined how to align culture and strategy, improve middle management effectiveness, develop role clarity, teach new behaviors, and pursue personal excellence.
As always, the depth of sharing during the Fall Roundtable was impressive and the amount of attention, reflection, and generation of creative thinking was superb. It was an honor to host the event and to witness the collective commitment to realistic progress, purpose-based clarity, and practical choices and solutions to today’s challenges.
Given what happened last week, my hope today is that all of you can make it to the Spring 2012 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable on April 12-13, 2012 at the Courtyard by Marriott, in Des Moines, Iowa. I know it will be exception. If you want to reserve space for you and your team, please e-mail me today. Until then, good learning to all!
Geery Howe, M.A.Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer inLeadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational ChangeMorning Star Associates319 - 643 - 2257