The Leadership Imperative - Self Directed Actions
by Rick Sidorowicz

The business is operating far below potential. Something is wrong. Every day I see people being disinterested in their work. I have to push, demand, follow up, double check - it’s like pulling teeth to get what I want, and to get it fast and right the first time. I see carelessness, wasted time, effort and materials, and a lack of responsibility. People come into work, do as they’re told, cover their asses, and go home. I don’t see much enthusiasm or initiative, and when I do, it doesn’t seem to last very long and I always end up with the monkey on my back to get things done right. I should turn up the jets, get rid of the dead wood and get moving once and for all! There must be a better way.

There is ... Lead the Journey!

There most certainly is, and James Belasco and Ralph Stayer ‘nail it’ in an articulate and compelling guide to the fundamental principles of leadership. Flight of the Buffalo provides a guide to ‘leading the journey’ to self directed action, commitment, and great performance. The leadership imperative - transfer ownership, create an environment where each individual wants to be responsible, coach the development of personal capabilities, learn faster, and encourage others to do the same. This is beyond ‘hairy fairy’ empowerment, fuzzy new paradigms and buzz words. The authors strike to the root of the obstacles and issues, and provide the insight and framework to move beyond. The book is about leadership, learning, focus, and customers. It is also about performance - and what it takes to achieve great performance all the time.

Here are the key words - the clues ... so go ahead and lead your journey!

Determine focus and direction

Great performance
Value added strategies

Stimulate self directed actions

Develop ownership

Remove obstacles



“Leading is learning.”


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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