The 10 Rules for Highly Effective Leadership

The great leaders I’ve known, or have read about, have one simple thing in common: They have developed their leadership styles around their personalities and their values, and in the end, their actions are consistent with what they truly believe.
212° Leaders have made the leap from good to great. They are able to not only rally the troops to committed, purposeful action, but also to create an environment where quality and innovation are the norm, rather than the exception.

212° Leadership was written to make you think, to help you grow, and to provide that extra degree of passion to take your leadership skills from effective to extraordinary! Today, I’d like to share an excerpt from212° Leadership. Enjoy!

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas


Excerpted from 212° Leadership 
Linus Pauling said, “The way to get a good idea is to get lots of ideas.” Not rocket science, but it works!

The only way to keep a change culture alive, long-term, is to set the stage for innovation. Kevin Kelly, in his book, New Rules for the New Economy said, “Wealth today flows directly from innovation, not optimization. It is not gained by perfecting the known, but by imperfectly seizing the unknown.

Tomorrow comes at us with lightning speed, and your competitive advantage is a fleeting thing. As leaders, we must create an environment that puts innovation front and center. Your people must know it is the key to your company’s survival. You must create a climate that rewards risk and creative effort. Your people must not fear mistakes, but understand that honest mistakes can be life’s main source for learning. So teach them to fail quickly, and often, to enable them to reach the next plateau.

Far too many leaders consider innovation the business equivalent of football’s “Hail Mary” pass or the buzzer-beating three-pointer in basketball. On rare occasions it might work, but “rare occasions,” and “might work” are not the foundation of effective innovation programs. Innovation requires a system, a culture, leadership, and an allocation of resources. Then, it becomes a matter of discipline, commitment and determination.

Tom Peters gets it. He said … “I’ve spent a good part of my life studying economic successes and failures. Above all, I’ve learned that everything takes a back seat to innovation.”

We must never forget…
Change is inevitable, but growth is optional.
Of all U.S. companies, 3M is probably the most famous in creating a culture of innovation, or “disciplined creativity,” as some call it. This didn’t happen by accident. In 1929, founder William McKnight turned innovation into a systematic, reputable process. He rewarded the lone spirits within the company who were “given permission” to fight for their new ideas. The innovative creative culture has fueled many success stories along the way, including the development of Post-It Notes®. Although Post-its failed their initial market test, the 3M scientist who invented the product hooked a core group of users by distributing free samples to the staff at headquarters in Minneapolis. He was allowed to fight for his product’s success, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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212° Leadership

The 10 Rules for Highly Effective Leadership

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