Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fire in the Belly

A great leadership movie that communicates innovation from a leader on frontline was Working Girl (1988). Today’s new leaders need to act on the fire in their belly to do remarkable things as Tess McGill in the movie.

Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) was working hard to find a path into a leadership position. She was willing to go to school at night and work during the day to achieve her dream. Her talents and skills were not on the radar of anyone on the talent management team. This story of an ambitious and talented frontline employee, entering through the wrong door is not a new one. This was my career story too. After losing a management position, I needed a job any job to paid bills. So much like many of the new job seekers today who just need a job. I accepted an hourly warehouse position. I learned the business and performed well at each new challenge faced. I would have been stuck there if not for a miracle. My saving grace was several managers that saw my talent and were good judges of talent. They gave me an opportunity to pitch my ideas to improve performance and quality in the picking process. Therefore, here is a shout-out to Jay Booher and Charles Metsker two exemplary leaders in my life.

Tess and I had a chance to present our ideas that were out of the box. One secret of successful transition to remarkable leadership is when titled leaders know how to teach informal leaders to take risk. A risk taker is willing to walk into chaos to discover valuable solutions or products and act on them. One skill of a leader is that of a risk taker the one who champions growth and innovation.

On Tuesday 2/15/2011, Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris launch their new book From Bud to Boss – Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership designed to assist the employee who is new to risk taking in within the role of leadership. Order a copy and give to an employee or friend transitioning to a leadership role. Kevin is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group. His passion is for developing leaders at all levels with a heart for new leaders. Congratulation Kevin and Guy on this need book and community to help build mastery for those new to role as a titled leader. While there check out THE Remarkable Leadership Learning System for leaders that value their personal learning.

“Everything of significance a leader accomplishes happens not just because of his or her efforts, but through the efforts of others” Mark Sanborn

Questions: Can you list three non-titled leaders that would benefits from reading the book From Bud to Boss? Be that remarkable leader that rewards hard work and ambition within your leadership pipeline.

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