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March 11, 2011

#4 - What should a new leader do to establish his/her style and make an impact - without rocking the boat?

Happy Friday! A new day means a new entry in this, our 3rd author series of the year! This blog series is based on the recent news that Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin left his post at the company after only 6 months in the job. You can read the full article in BusinessWeek here. Today's response comes from one half of the duo that gave us "From Bud to Boss," Kevin Eikenberry. Catch his response in full below. We'll have more compelling insights to share this week and next and hope you'll chime in, in the blog comments or on Twitter and Facebook.

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Kevin Eikenberry:

"One great strategy for a new leader is to go on a listening/learning tour.  Start by listening to everyone, and learning about the past, the present and other’s goals for the future.  Once you have done your tour, then you can begin to make decisions and if appropriate, changes.  Doing this builds relationships, trust and improves the decisions you will make."

Kevin Eikenberry is the coauthor of From Bud to Boss (available now) and author of Remarkable Leadership. He is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, a learning consulting company that provides a wide range of services including training delivery and design, facilitation, performance coaching, organizational consulting, and speaking services. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, smaller firms, universities, and government agencies including the American Red Cross, Aramark, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Invesco, John Deere, Nexen, OPTI Canada, Purdue University, Sears Canada, Shell, Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Marine Corp, the U.S. Mint, and Verizon.

"Like" the book on Facebook: http://facebook.com/frombudtoboss

And on Twitter:  @kevineikenberry and @budtoboss

Don't forget to visit Kevin's Blog:  http://blog.kevineikenberry.com

 Stay tuned for Guy Harris' take on this topic in tomorrow's installment of the March blog series!

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