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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Leadership Code: Rule #3--Engage Today’s Talent

This is the 3rd of 5 posts based on a book review of The Leadership Code: Five Rules to Live By written by Dave Ulrich, Norm Smallwood, and Kate Sweetman (Harvard Business Press, 2008)

Good leaders are effective talent managers—they know what their organizations need today in order to help their organizations succeed, in the here and now. First, such leaders know how to assess the needs. Then they know how to recruit people to that need (and corporate vision). Once people are recruited, good leaders know how to motivate them. Essentially they know how to get and keep the right people on the bus while kicking the wrong ones off(the bus metaphor is from Jim Collins’ Good to Great).
Key issues discussed in this rule:

--Communicate, Communicate….
--Create aligned direction
--Strengthen others’ competencies
--Give people the resources they need.
--Create a positive culture/work environment

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