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March 15, 2011

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

For those who didn't know, this March author 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. We'll have plenty more author insights to share every day this week - from Bob Herbold (today), Steve Denning, Andy Stefanovich, Gary Burnison, Seth Kahan, and Jim Kouzes! We encourage you to chime in, in the blog comments or on Twitter and Facebook.

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Bob Herbold:

"First, have sessions with each of the people who are in key positions, and some who report to those people, and listen carefully to their perspectives on how their part of the business operates, and what they view as the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.  Second, develop a plan to tackle the highest priority items and provide it to your direct reports and a select group of others and get feedback and modify the plan as you see appropriate.  Third, do one last, quick iteration of the plan with your people and then launch the plan, and the rationale behind it, and continually ask for ways to improve it as it is being pursued."

Robert Herbold is the author of What's Holding You Back: 10 Bold Steps that Define Gutsy Leaders. Herbold was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Microsoft Corporation from 1994 until retiring in 2001 and is currently the Managing Director of The Herbold Group, LLC, a consulting business focused on profitability, strategic, and operational issues.

Visit Bob's website at: www.bobherbold.com

He is also on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-Herbold/154170271298178?ref=ts

 

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