Most management and leadership books are written by and focused on big business. That's understandable considering the big money attracts and develops talent so well. Yet, even these authors become "small" businesses when they become authors!
Bossidy and Charan's Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done is an excellent book for small businesses and teaches fundamentals of GETTING THINGS DONE. This book is one of those I pound out at clients, covertly and otherwise :-), to improve their processes. The authors lay out the argument of 3 Building Blocks and then 3 Core Processes of Execution.
These factors are especially important for the small business* person and his/her intentional focus on results.
Building Block #1: The Leader's Seven Essential behaviors
- Know your people and your business
- Insist on realism
- Set clear goals and priorities
- Follow through
- Reward doers
- Expand people's capabilities
- Know yourself
Four core qualities that make up emotional fortitude are authenticity, self-awareness, self-mastery and humility.
As an old friend, Chas Winckel, used to say..."I don't care who you are, that's good stuff!"
In the coming weeks, I'll be pushing more and more about these blocks, processes and action steps to practice them in your business of doing business.
To that end....be purposeful, be intentional.
*I define small business as any entity (division, branch, company, sales) under 100 people; this includes individual sales people, loan officers, Realtors, etc.