This article gives an overview of a new book by Jason Jennings, ‘Hit the Ground Running‘ about the secrets of winning CEOs. He didn’t find the most successful CEOs any smarter; they were ‘smart enough’. This similar to Gladwell’s view in his latest book ‘Outliers‘. Jennings describes these successful leaders:
what differentiates them from their peers is their authenticity, humility, their determination to never make a decision without contemplating it’s long term consequences and their genuine affection for their workers, customers, vendors and suppliers and shareholders…these leaders are incredible listeners who never tire of asking questions.
The author rails against conventional business wisdom, the Gerry Maguire style “show me the money” approach that brought us the GFC and many corporate and leadership disasters. The book has 10 ‘rules’ for successful leaders, a few of which are listed:
Why do so many leaders and organisations behave counter to these concepts? They all seem pretty logical. For me, its a good example of the ‘knowing-doing’ gap: we know this stuff is important but we just don’t do it.
It sounds like organisations that apply the rules above would be pretty good places to work. Shawn and I are fortunate in that our narrative insight approaches are about bringing the ‘rules’ above to life in organisations. As a result we get to work in some pretty good organisations on projects that make a difference. Pretty cool huh?
About Mark Schenk
Mark works globally with senior leadership teams to improve their ability to communicate clearly and memorably. He has been a Director of Anecdote since 2004 and helped the company grow into one of the world’s leading business storytelling consultancies. Connect with Mark on: