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How To Move Your Company Forward

In Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Inc. Magazine, Leadership, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills on May 27, 2016 at 5:23 am

The April 2014 issue of Inc. magazine featured a fascinating list of 35 questions from business owners, entrepreneurs and management thinkers. Each offered the one question they would ask to move a company forward.

From the list, my favorites are:

  • Are we relevant?  Will we be relevant five years from now? Ten?
  • What prevents me from making the changes I know will make me a more effective leader?
  • Are we changing as fast as the world around us?
  • Who, on the executive team or the board, has spoken to a customer recently?

And, my most favorite is:

  • How can we become the company that would put us out of business?

What question do you ask to help move your company forward?

How To Be A Great Company

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Inc. Magazine, Jim Collins on December 16, 2014 at 2:17 am

Two years ago, Inc. magazine’s June issue featured a compelling article about author and leadership expert Jim Collins, who has studied leadership for 25 years and penned four best-selling books.

I like to periodically remind myself of that all-important article.

Two of the most powerful takeaways from the article for me are Collin’s definition of a great company:

“To be great, a company has to make a distinctive impact. I define that by a test:  If your company disappeared, would it leave a gaping hole that could not easily be filled by another enterprise on the planet? Now, that doesn’t mean the company has to be big…just that if it went away, people would feel a gaping hole, and no one could easily come in and fill it.”

The second takeaway is the list of 12 questions that Collins says leaders much grapple with if they truly want to excel.  Three of those 12 are these, the first two I tend to think don’t get asked often enough:

  • How can we increase our return on luck?
  • What could kill us, and how can we protect our flanks?
  • Do we have the right people on the bus and in the key seats.

The Questions To Ask To Move Your Company Forward

In Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Inc. Magazine, Leadership on April 1, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Eric Jacobson Leadership

Check out the April issue of Inc. magazine.  In that issue, you’ll find a list of 35 questions from business owners, entrepreneurs and management thinkers.  Each offered the question they would ask to move a company forward.

From the list, my favorites are:

  • Are we relevant?  Will we be relevant five years from now? Ten?
  • What prevents me from making the changes I know will make me a more effective leader?
  • Are we changing as fast as the world around us?
  • Who, on the executive team or the board, has spoken to a customer recently?

And, my most favorite is:

  • How can we become the company that would put us out of business?

What question do you ask to help move your company forward?

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