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Leading Yourself In Really Weird Times (Tom Peters)

Typical Tom Peters from a October 7, 2008 post titled “I Repeat Myself…” Please make sure that you read the comments including Richard Lipscombe’s.

Leading yourself in really weird times:

  1. Be conscious in the Zen sense. Think about what you are doing more than usual. Think about how you project.
  2. Meet daily, first thing, with your leadership team—to discuss whatever, check assumptions. Perhaps meet again late afternoon. Meetings max 30 minutes.
  3. If you are a “big boss,” use a private sounding board—check in daily.
  4. Concoct scenarios by the bushel, test ’em, play with ’em, short-term, long-term, sane, insane.
  5. MBWA. Wander. Sample attitudes. Visible but not frenzied.
  6. Work the phones, chat up experts, customers, vendors. Seek enormous diversity of opinion.
  7. “Over”communicate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Exercise—encourage your leadership team to double up on their exercise.
  9. Underscore “excellence in every transaction.”
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Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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