The Leadership Imperative - 
Great Performance!
by Rick Sidorowicz

A set of contemporary operating principles for leaders at every level in any organization to learn what it takes to win today and create the circumstances to win tomorrow.

The Principles:

  • Great Performance
  • Ownership
  • Self Directed Actions
  • Learning Faster

Transfer ownership for work to those who do the work.

Create the environment for ownership where each person wants to be responsible for his or her own performance:

Paint a clear picture of what great performance looks like for the organization and for the individual;

Focus individuals on those few factors that create great performance;

Develop the desire for each person to be responsible for his or her great performance;

Align organization systems and structures that send a clear message as to what is necessary for outstanding performance for the individual and the organization;

Engage individuals - their hearts and minds, as well as their hands - in the business of the business;

Energize individuals around the focus of the business.

Coach the development of individual capability and competence.
Learn faster:

Learn themselves;

Create the conditions within which every person in the organization is challenged to continually learn faster.

Ask powerful questions:
Is this the best we can do?

Where do we go from here?

What must we do to be effective in the future?

What must we learn to stay ahead?

What does great performance look like?

... and get ready to learn a new set of principles tomorrow! 

The Leadership Imperative incorporates many of the concepts of - Flight of the Buffalo - Soaring to Excellence, Learning to Let Employees Lead - by James Belasco and Ralph Stayer, Warner Books, New York, 1994.

Rick Sidorowicz is the Publisher and Editor of The CEO Refresher and
the Minister of Culture of High Performance Retail.

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