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The Elevated Executive:
Lead Your People
Executives are more powerfully positioned than most people in an organization, so communicating “down” is typically not the problem. Working with your peers to collaborate and unify is where things become challenging. Without unification at the leadership level, the work becomes scattered, leaders compete and tensions mount.
Being a successful executive depends heavily upon two things:
Your ability to communicate – and this includes:
dealing with adversity,
discussing difficult issues,
building a culture,
leading a team,
guiding the work, and,
managing the Board, the Press, the funders and investors.
Primarily, communication is about the courage to even do it, to speak up, to Represent.
2. The other gigantic area of executive success is understanding your impact on the people with whom you are communicating.
If the information you're trying to communicate isn't actually landing, or you're doing it in such a way that no one wants to listen, or you're leaving a trail of bodies in your blistering wake, then eventually you will fail. Not because you're not good at what you do, but because you can't get anyone to help you.
The Elevated Executive knows their entire role: how to communicate, how to listen, and how to step aside and let others flourish. With those skills honed, you can provide clear and compelling direction. This unifies teams, builds culture and brings meaning to daily work.
This is what will make you succeed as a leader.
The Elevated Executive - $4,200
Don't let it choose you.
“The only thing you become expert in as a COO is communication. You oversee all the departments – HR, Communications, Finance, IT, Program, Development, Operations… You have to manage the CEO and the Board, the funders.
You don’t have the time or the expertise to handle all the work yourself, so you become a master of management. Everyone is stunningly different. That is your job: management of the work and management of the staff.
Your success utterly depends upon the loyalty of the staff. You better know what to say, how to say it and how to listen.”
-Excerpt from a speech I gave