George sees a fundamental difference between leaders who are prepared to make the tough calls for the long-term good of their businesses, rather than falling victim to short-term thinking—traits that are especially important in times of crisis. That sort of common sense thinking and practicality is ensconced within all 7 of George’s tips below.
Bill George’s 7 tips for leading in a crisis:
- Face reality, starting with yourself
- Don’t be Atlas: Get the World off your shoulders
- Dig Deep for the Root Cause
- Get Ready for the Long Haul
- Never Waste a Good Crisis
- You’re in the Spotlight: Follow True North
- Go on Offense: Focus on Winning Now
More than anything, George stresses the importance of leaders stepping up in your “decisive moment.” And he should know: the final anecdote in his speech revolved around his own decision to get off the treadmill at Honeywell—a company where he had designs on attaining the CEO’s chair—to take a position as CEO of Medtronic. The “defining moment,” he says, came when he realized that he was changing who he was in order to impress and climb the ladder at Honeywell. By comparison, the position at Medtronic, “felt like coming home” at a company where he felt like he was doing good, rather than simply focusing on advancing his career. No matter how intuitive or obvious it may seem, that’s an approach that any job-seeker—at any level—could learn from.
--Posted by Phil Stott, Vault Staff Writer
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