The Leadership Triathlon

Sustainable Value Creation

Intro

“By Endurance, We Concur” — Sir. Ernest Shackleton’s Family Motto

Welcome to The Leadership Triathlon.

Over the next several weeks, we will explore what it takes to be an endurance leader. Each of the elements above have specific themes that will teach you the fundamentals of endurance leadership.

Endurance leadership is about building value at a sustainable pace. This is achieved by harnessing people, creativity and technology to move around obstacles, adjust to setbacks and gain momentum towards your goals. As an endurance leader, you will learn to transition efficiently between managing people, creating things and levering technology to obtain your goals.

Bonus

  • Leading from Within eBook

Audio

  • Introduction

Transcripts

  • Introduction

People

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” — Margaret Mead

Good people can make or break an organization. Without dedicated, engaged and productive people, your group or company will falter. Your people will take their direction and attitudes from you. Having a good rapport with your people will allow them, and you, to create wonderful, meaningful products.

Audio

  • Theme 1: Trust is a Two Way Street
  • Theme 2: Challenge Assumptions
  • Theme 3: Develop Greatness

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Things to Ponder

Exploring Further

Creativity

“I’ve learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution” — Vernher Von Braun

Creativity can be a cruel mistress. In it’s most perfect form, it has created some of the best works of art, technical innovations and moving prose. The creative process is a mystery wrapped in an enigma because each of us, has their own process that seems completely irrational to everyone else.

Audio

  • Theme 1: Build A Base
  • Theme 2: Peak Productivity Requires Discipline
  • Theme 3: Kick It to the Finish

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Things to Ponder

Exploring Further

  • Mark McGuinness has some excellent resources over at Wishful Thinking. Mark also has a free course called the The Creative Pathfinder that is worth signing up for.
  • Richard Florida’s Creative Class makes the link between creativity, quality of life and economic growth. His site is chalked full of use data.
  • Zen Habits has truck load of tips to make you more creative and get more things done.

Technology

“In God We Trust. All Others Must Bring Data” — W. Edwards Deming

Technology is a powerful lever. It makes the mundane tolerable and the impossible common place. The problem with technology is being wise enough to know when you need it and disciplined enough when you don’t. Many a company, group or startup has fallen down the rabbit hole, swallowed the technology pill and found themselves in weird place. Technology does not solve problems — it’s the application of technology that does.

Audio

  • Theme 1: Evaluate for Form, Fit and Function
  • Theme 2: Implement Quickly
  • Theme 3: Obsolete When Appropriate

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Things to Ponder

Exploring Further

  • MIT’s Technology Review is a wonderful resource for technology trends.
  • TechCrunch deals mostly with Web 2.0 technology and how it will influence the next big thing.
  • Trend Watching is a site for seeing emerging trends

Linkages

“You may never know what results from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no results” — Gandhi

Now that we have discussed the three core elements of endurance leadership, People, Creativity and Technology, it’s now time to explore what influences these elements and how you can deal with the interactions.

There are four influencers that will be a constant in harnessing the three core elements. These influencers are obstacles, setbacks, pace and momentum. All of them will pop up from time to time to make your life interesting.

Audio

  • Pace: People <-> Creativity
  • Momentum: People <-> Technology
  • Innovation: Technology <-> Creativity

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Things to Ponder

Exploring Further

Wrap-Up

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” — William Barclay

Endurance leaders are in it for the long haul. They understand that quick fixes don’t work fix and that success happens incrementally. By harnessing people, creativity and technology, the endurance leader builds lasting value at a sustainable pace.

Audio

  • Wrap-up

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