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March 12, 2011

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

We hope you are having a relaxing Saturday morning. What goes better with your weekend cup of coffee than a little leadership blog reading? Enjoy today's installment of our March blog series, 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," Guy Harris. We'll have more compelling insights to share next week and hope you'll chime in, in the blog comments or on Twitter and Facebook.

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Guy Harris:

"As a Naval officer, I had the opportunity to see several changes of command. I noticed that the most successful “new” commanding officers watched how things happened, listened to people on the crew, and asked about history before making significant changes to roles, responsibilities, and processes. When I entered the business world, I saw the same pattern – leaders who acted first alienated others while leaders who listened and learned first built alignment and made a difference."

Guy Harris is the coauthor of From Bud to Boss (available now), the owner of Principal Driven Consulting, and a master trainer and coach with The Kevin Eikenberry Group. Previously, he was a nuclear engineering officer in the US Navy, a manager in the chemical industry, an entrepreneur. He is a Certified Human Behavior Specialist, a Master trainer in the DISC Model of Human Behavior, and a Conflict Resolution Subject Matter Expert. He is co-author of several books, publisher of an e-newsletter, and blogger.


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