Mark Anderson, in his article writes about people who are in the business of coaching, leadership, public speaking, etc. He introduces them to us as well as interviews them about their opinions on questions that we face in are day-to-day business lives. I really enjoyed this article and I hope you will too.
Here at ExecuNet, our mission is to bring you the best expert thinking to help you achieve your career, leadership and business goals. As a result, we have many wise and educated people, modern-day “sages,” in our network, so we reached out to five of them to see what they thought the answers to a modernized version of those three questions which so troubled the king would be.
Meet the Sages
Alex Bogusky: marketer, author and consumer advocate
Seth Godin: author, entrepreneur, marketer and public speaker
Peter Bregman: author, public speaker and leadership coach
Doug Sundheim: leadership and strategy expert and author
Laura Stack: America’s premier expert in workplace productivity, employee performance and execution
Q. What is the best time for a leader to do things?
Bogusky: ASAP. Take the time to think but not enough time to over-think.
Godin: Most things shouldn’t be done by the leader, of course. The hard things should be done before anyone realizes they’re needed.
Bregman: Challenging things? In the morning. Everything else? After answering these questions: 1. Am I the right person? 2. Is this the right time? 3. Do I have enough information?
Sundheim: In the moment
Stack: To make the best use of your time, it’s often the little moments that count, specifically, one moment. The second you think to yourself, “Okay… what should I do next?” In that space of time, you choose to be productive… or not.
Q. Who is the most important one in the organization?
Bogusky: The best idea is boss.
Godin: The spaces between people are more important than the people, that’s why it’s an organization, not merely a bunch of individuals. The most important one, then, is the relationships between and among.
Bregman: Honestly? I hate to be trite, but the CEO.
Sundheim: It’s a flawed question. Great organizations that do great things see everyone’s contributions as critical.
Stack: The person you are with right now.
Q. What is the right thing to do?
Bogusky: The right thing is the thing that best serves all of the stakeholders: The employees, investors, community and environment.
Godin: And that’s the question that matters. We tend to do the wrong thing when we don’t bother asking what the right thing is.
Bregman: We all know the right thing to do – it’s doing it that’s hard sometimes, because the temptations to do the wrong thing are often seductive.
Sundheim: The work right in front of you
Stack: Be there. While you listen to someone, don’t allow your mind to race and wander off, thinking about other things. Stay focused. Your lack of distractedness will make the person in front of you feel valued.
Just like Tolstoy’s king, we could not find consensus either, but as Dr. King once said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
ExecuNet President Mark Anderson
About Alex Bogusky
The son of two designers, Alex’s career in communications began over twenty years ago when he joined Crispin and Porter Advertising in 1989 as an art director. He became the creative director five years later, a partner in 1997, and co-chairman in 2008. Under Alex’s direction, Crispin Porter + Bogusky grew to more than 1,000 employees, with offices in Miami, Boulder, Los Angeles, London and Sweden, and with annual billings over $1Billion. During Alex’s leadership, CP+B became the world’s most awarded advertising agency. CP+B is the only agency to have won the Cannes Advertising Grand Prix in all five categories: Promo, Media, Cyber, Titanium, and Film. In 2008, Alex was inducted into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. In 2010, Alex received the rare honor of being named “Creative Director of the Decade” by Adweek magazine.
See more at: www.alexbogusky.com
About Seth Godin
SETH GODIN is the author of 17 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow.
In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth is founder of squidoo.com, a fast growing, easy to use website. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. Before his work as a writer and blogger, Godin was Vice President of Direct Marketing at Yahoo!, a job he got after selling them his pioneering 1990s online startup, Yoyodyne.
In 2013, Godin was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, one of three chosen for this honor.
See more at: www.sethgodin.com
About Peter Bergman
About Doug Sundheim
Doug Sundheim is a consultant and executive coach with over 15 years of experience in growing businesses and helping others do the same. He works with leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial firms to help them maximize their effectiveness.
No stranger to the firing line of business, Doug started a 100-person catering company in his early 20′s, followed by several years in the marketing consulting field where his clients included Sony, M&M/Mars, Mattel, and Motorola among others. In 2000, Doug co-founded Clarity Consulting to help leaders and their teams break through the barriers that stifle performance in themselves and their organizations.
See more at: www.clarityconsulting.com
About Laura Stack, MBA, CSP
Laura Stack is America’s Premier Expert in Productivity™. In 1992, Laura founded her company, The Productivity Pro, Inc., which specializes in business performance, strategy execution, and employee productivity. As a highly-regarded speaker and author, Laura shares her vision and methodologies around the globe on creating Maximum Results in Minimum Time®. A sought-after thought leader, Laura writes on high-performance cultures, human potential, and peak performance in her columns in The Business Journal, Success, Training, Productive, and Time Management Magazines. Laura uses both high energy and high content to educate, entertain, and motivate audiences to produce greater results in the workplace. She was the 2011-2012 President of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, NSA’s highest earned designation.
See more at:theproductivitypro.com