BUSINESS LEADER

 
 
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Listening Skills

Managers rely on invention and leaders are eager to reinvent. For many managers a career move necessitates progression to a Business Leader, but the shift should be self initiated - start with a mental upgrade, and the role change will follow.

 
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REQUIRES MINDSET CHANGE

The Manager role tends to be more tactical, focused on delivery, execution, managing team productivity, retention etc. The shift to a business leader role involves learning new skills, cultivating new mindsets, and changes in leadership focus.

 

CREATE A TRANSITION PLAN

Nothing happens without a plan, specially a change which requires shift at multiple levels. Ensure everything on the plan is connected back to the goals and has a direct business purpose, anything added which does not connect back to a goal tends to eventually fall off the list.

 
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KEY MINDSET & SKILL TRANSITIONS

  • Implement to Enable: Shift focus from just your team’s performance to what would benefit your company as a whole – solve complex organizational problems.

  • Tactical to Strategic: Transcend from just implementing organizational strategy which impacts your direct function to looking at the larger picture. However, maintain the ability to smoothly dive into the details.

  • Internal to External: From inward and downward focus to outward and upward focus. Engage your key stakeholders and customers.

  • Command to Influence: Transition from managing by building circles of power to creating circles of influence. Inspire and mobilize others towards a shared goal.

  • Arrange to Structure: Finally, transition from alignment of roles and responsibilities to systems, structure, models and design thinking - steps for a business leader to draw the map of the future.