Strategy or agility: What comes first?

first_imgConfusing levels of strategic leadership were the focus of a post last fall, during a key season for strategic planning. Last week, strategic agility was the focus of speeches at a conference for credit union board chairs and CEOs. These interesting and robust conversations amongst conference attendees included reflections and speculative questions on how to acquire or enhance strategy and agility.So, which comes first, strategic leadership or agility? This morning, I started to create a mind map called Strategic Leadership and Organization Agility, and I struggled until I realized what was missing! The leadership type is crucial. What kinds of leaders are needed to have a sustainable organization with a viable, living strategic plan and organizational agility?The types of leaders in your organization influence its success in strategy and agility. An abundance of strategic and visionary leaders with minimal transactors, processors, and builders roadblocks innovative and strategic thinking,. A team comprised of all process-oriented leaders, on the other hand, draws attention away from the organization’s vision and purpose.I dusted off a piece of research from a couple years ago on the eight basic leadership archetypes. Most boards have a significant percentage of process-oriented members, and many of those boards, however, want a strategically focused CEO as part of succession planning. This dynamic is both challenging and exciting, as the board wants to act more strategically yet also has process-oriented members.An embedded organization culture, simplistically, either has an appropriate blend of leadership archetypes or is weighted toward one or two of the eight basic archetypes. Check out these high-level archetype descriptors. Which best represent your own, your overall executive team’s, and your organization’s leadership archetype?The StrategistIs excellent at abstract, imaginative thinkingHas a long-term orientationHas the ability to see the big picture and to plan accordinglyIs a great conceptualizer and can present all the optionsHas the capacity to think globallyCan think laterally; is a groundbreakerIs excellent at aligning vision with strategyThe Change CatalystRecognizes opportunities for organizational transformationHas a great capacity to identify and sell the need for changeIs talented at entrepreneurship and prepared to take on risky, independent assignmentsIs always looking for new, challenging assignmentsPossesses a great sense of urgencyCan make difficult decisions and is tough mindedHas aptitude at selecting talent to get the job doneThe TransactorPrefers novelty, adventure, and explorationThrives on new challengesIs not very interested in day-to-day managementMakes a great deal maker or negotiatorEmbraces change and has strong risk tolerancehas a great talent for spotting new opportunitiesIs proactive, adaptive, and focused on the short termThe BuilderGreatly needs to be independent and in controlHas an enormous amount of energy, drive, dynamism, and enterprisePossesses enormous perseverance and a great capacity to deal with setbacksCan live with a great deal of insecurity and ambiguous situationsHas the capacity to thrive under pressure due to a long-term focusHas a high but calculated risk-taking propensityPossesses moderate social skills and has difficulty dealing with authorityThe InnovatorHas a great drive to pursue creative and imaginative ideasIs always on the lookout for new projects and activitiesIs never satisfied with developing ideas and has difficulty with closureTolerates and even enjoys complex problem solvingSets stretch goals for whatever needs to be accomplishedIs not political or is quite naïve about organizational politicsIs not interested in organization politics.The ProcessorHas a systemic outlook and a positive attitude toward authorityIs effective at turning abstract concepts into practical actionIs effective at providing structure, processes, and boundariesDislikes unstructured situationsAdheres to rules and proceduresIs self-disciplined, reliable, efficient, cooperative, and conscientiousIs excellent at time managementThe CoachPrefers novelty, adventure, and explorationIs empathic (has a high EQ), is good at listening, and inspires trustHas an affinity for people and is cooperativeIs excellent at handling difficult interpersonal and group situationsHas talent for creating high-performance cultures and teamsIs a great developer of people and is great at giving constructive feedbackPrefers participatory management 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: Details The Communicator Is excellent at communicating broad themes and the big pictureHas impressive theatrical skills and talent at creating make-believeCan reframe difficult situations positivelyHas a talent for influencing othersIs good at networking, building alliances, and attracting others’ attentionIs excellent at managing various stakeholdersIs not too proud to ask for outside help and use advisors or a consulting firm Too much of a good thing The above descriptors highlight the advantages of each leadership archetype. How do we know there is too much of a good thing? Too much focus on strategy or vision can leave people behind in the execution; the innovator can have less-than-desired communication skills; the coach could have issues with holding people accountable; and the communicator may talk too much or neglect effective action. You get the gist. . .Now, we come back to the question: Which comes first, strategic leadership or agility? I appreciate having an understanding of the key participants: Which people are occupying the seats on a bus, and which seats are occupied with ineffective participants? When the organization’s leadership has a blend of archetypes, the subsequent strategic conversation is facilitated differently than if the team, including the board, mostly consists of just two of the eight archetypes. The strategic outcome still needs to be relevant and timely and to perpetuate value to the stakeholders.last_img read more

Inter Allies sign Herbert Addo

first_imgVeteran coach Herbert Addo is set rejoin Inter Allies nearly a year after leaving the Tema side for Hearts of Oak.The former Aduana and Kotoko coach is expected to seal the contract in the coming days after Paa Kwesi Fabin parted ways with the club to concentrate on Black Starlets duties.Addo will be returning to familiar surroundings after he guided Inter Allies to sixth place two seasons ago – after taking over the club midway through that season when they were rock bottom.Herbert further guided Inter Allies to the final of the MTN FA Cup where they lost narrowly to Asante Kotoko in extra time.These exploits landed Herbert Addo the head role coach of Hearts of Oak. However, he failed to reciprocate such form which made him lose the Hearts job in the second round of last season.Herbert will have another chance with Inter Allies and the Tema side are expected to be a force to reckon with next season under his guidance. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

MLB: Rays can explore Tampa Bay-Montreal two-city plan, report says

first_imgMontreal last was home to a major-league team in 2004 before the Expos — who had played 22 homes games in Puerto Rico in 2003 — moved to Washington and became the Nationals before the 2005 season.Under the plan, described to be in its “nascent stages” and still facing significant hurdles, the Rays would play in new stadiums in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, according to ESPN’s sources. Related News Cubs’ Joe Maddon: ‘Extraterrestrial’ balls, celestial season of home runs MLB’s executive council at Wednesday and Thursday’s owners meetings gave the Rays permission to explore the dual-city possibility.“My priority remains the same, I am committed to keeping baseball in Tampa Bay for generations to come. I believe this concept is worthy of exploration,” Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg — a member of the executive council — said in a statement from the team in reaction to ESPN’s report.By playing only its early-season games in Florida, the team could avoid the necessity — and added expense — of any new Florida stadium being a dome.The Rays’ current lease at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg runs through 2027. The timetable for any two-city plan likely would hinge on striking a deal in the Tampa Bay area for a new stadium and finding a site. Rich Hill injury update: Dodgers lefty (forearm) hopes to return this seasoncenter_img MLB has given the Rays permission to explore a plan in which they would continue to play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area but then play the latter part of their home schedule in Montreal, ESPN reported Thursday, citing unidentified sources familiar with the situation.The Rays have embraced the two-city solution as “the most feasible to saving baseball in the Tampa Bay area” after years of lagging attendance and failed attempts to build a new stadium in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region, according to the report. The Rays are averaging 14,546 fans per game, second-lowest in MLB in 2019 despite a 43-31 record. Their Opening Day payroll of approximately $65 million also was among the lowest in the majors.A variety of factors — relatively small local revenue and a comparatively bad local-TV deal among them — has prevented the Rays, who’ve needed taxpayer support, to secure a new stadium. If they can’t get a domed stadium or make work the two-city plan that would inject much-needed revenue, then the Rays likely would become more of a target for relocation by other cities seeking an MLB team, Montreal likely among them.Speculation about MLB’s return to Montreal has percolated for years and reportedly has significant support among power-brokers in the city, including wealthy private-equity investor Stephen Bronfman, whose billionaire father, Charles, was the Expos’ original owner.last_img read more

Mostly sober drivers on Fort St. John roads on New Year’s Eve

first_imgPolice are applauding responsible drivers around Fort St. John on New Year’s Eve.Fort St. John Traffic Services say officers performed check stops and roving patrols throughout the night and until 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Around 300 vehicles were stopped throughout that time.Police say of all the vehicles checked, nine drivers were removed from their vehicles due to various alcohol-related offences.  One driver was even charged under the criminal code – having a blood alcohol content more than 0.08.  The other eight drivers faced charges under the Provincial Immediate Roadside Prohibition legislation. They add that there was also one unlicensed driver and one prohibited driver who were stopped due to traffic violations and that no serious collisions were reported to police throughout the night.- Advertisement -Over 2010, local RCMP officials say that there were six vehicle collision fatalities, with two being within city limits.  They say one of the collisions involved the hit and run death of Yuxuan Luo which has not yet been solved.  Police are still investigating the 14 year-old’s death and are trying to identify the driver of the vehicle which hit him. Anyone with information in regards to his death who has not yet come forward is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Police do say that throughout 2011 they will be increasing enforcement of drivers who are using their cell phones while operating their vehicles and of vehicle occupants who are not wearing seatbelts.  Drivers and/or vehicle occupants violating either of these laws can face $167 fines.last_img read more

Video: Up Close Look At Auburn Football’s New Metallic-Finished Helmet

first_imgAn Auburn supporter waves the flag on the field for the Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn’s football team will be sporting new helmets this season. They’re not very different than the helmets they’ve sported in the past. The design is the same, but the finish is different – it’s metallic. A photo of the helmets came out in early August, but now we’ve got a video of the helmet. It looks great. Really good look at the metallic finish to the new facemask and helmet stripes for Auburn football @PhilHecken— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) September 1, 2015Looks good, Tigers. Auburn opens its season Sept. 5 against Louisville.last_img read more

Joey Bosa cements doubleovertime win for Buckeyes against Penn State

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) hugs senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett following a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Penn State in State College, Pa. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The No. 13 Ohio State football team jumped out to an early lead, but relied on a late defensive stand in a 31-24 double-overtime victory against Penn State.OSU (6-1, 3-0) sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa knocked down Penn State (4-3, 1-3) sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on fourth-and-five in the second overtime to seal the win Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.“I think we learned that we are a real team, and when adversity strikes we can come together and win a big game in a crazy environment,” Bosa said after the game.After the Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions 17-0 in the first half, Penn State reversed field in the second half to tie the game at 17 with nine seconds on the clock to force overtime.OSU coach Urban Meyer saved praise for his team’s opponent after the game, and added that the Buckeyes need to improve their play along the line.“A credit to our opponent, they played their tails off,” Meyer said. “Outplayed us up front, I think. (I’m) a little upset with the way we played up front and we got to get that fixed.”Penn State got the ball first before Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to a first-and-goal from the two-yard line. The Buckeyes held on to force third down at the one, but senior running back Bill Belton found his way into the end zone to give Penn State its first lead of the night.On the Buckeyes’ first overtime possession, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett kept the ball on a second-and-seven to set up first and goal from the five with a 17-yard run. He kept it again on the next play, scoring a touchdown to tie the game at 24.Due to a personal foul penalty against Penn State following the Buckeyes’ extra point, OSU started the second overtime at the 12-yard line. Barrett led the Buckeyes to a third-and-two at the four-yard line, before taking another quarterback keeper into the end zone to put OSU back on top, 31-24.After the game, Barrett said he was trying to take it one play at a time and didn’t necessarily plan on running the ball before his two overtime touchdowns.“Just reading it each time, because when you go out there with an idea you play the idea and then you’re wrong,” he said.Penn State took over at the 25-yard line, but the Buckeyes forced fourth-down–and-five at the 20. Hackenberg was knocked to the ground as Bosa overpowered a Nittany Lion blocker.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native said he didn’t follow his assignment on the play, despite the positive result for OSU.“That wasn’t what I was supposed to do,” Bosa said. “I was supposed to hit the guard and wrap out, but he blocked down so the hole opened up. So I just took it and I was tired of trying to work my way around the back so I just ran over him.”Bosa added he didn’t even realize what had happened until his teammates surrounded him after the play.“I was so tired, I didn’t even know it was a sack until everybody started yelling,” he said. “I looked over and he had the ball and (junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington) came to hug me and I just fell down and everybody jumped on top of me.”Bosa — who said he “needed to play a lot better” — finished the game with 2.5 sacks and six total tackles.Barrett said he was simply glad Bosa was wearing a white jersey rather than Penn State’s blue shirt in the game.“Joey Bosa, one thing I can say, I’m really glad he’s on our team,” he said. “That’s for sure. Great player.”The play sealed OSU’s third straight win against the Nittany Lions.The double-overtime finish came after Penn State picked up a late field goal on a drive that began inside its own 10-yard line.Holding on to its three-point advantage, OSU sophomore punter Cameron Johnston pinned the Nittany Lions at their own nine-yard line with 2:58 to play in the game, then drove down the field to tack on three points and tie the game.Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to the OSU 43-yard line before being sacked by Bosa on first down. A penalty against the Buckeyes on the next play gave Penn State a new set of downs on the OSU 28, needing just a field goal to force overtime.On third-and-six at the OSU 14 yard-line with 19 seconds on the clock Hackenberg threw incomplete into the end zone, forcing a field goal attempt for the Nittany Lions.After an OSU timeout, Penn State senior kicker Sam Ficken connected on a 31-yard field goal.The Nittany Lions’ race back into the game was led in part by their defense’s ability to disrupt the OSU passing game.Barrett threw an interception on the third play of the second half, which was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by senior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. The pick was Barrett’s first interception since the Buckeyes Sept. 13 win against Kent State.But after that touchdown, neither team found its way back onto the scoreboard in the third quarter.Barrett threw another interception on OSU’s first play of the fourth quarter, and the Penn State offense managed to break through on the next drive.“The last one, that was a dumb mistake,” Barrett said of the interception. “I saw the Mike (linebacker) and I tried to throw over him.”Meyer said Barrett sprained his knee during the game, but kept on playing through the pain.“J.T. Barrett had a sprained knee, and continued to do what he did and even on the drop back passes, whether it was a coverage sack or pressured, he pulled through a couple plays and made some great plays for us,” he said.After the pick, Hackenberg hit freshman wide receiver Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard touchdown, moving the Nittany Lions within three points.Penn State forced OSU to punt on the next drive, but senior wide receiver Devin Smith downed it at the one-yard line. The Nittany Lions were forced to punt, giving the ball back to OSU with 51 yards between it and the end zone, and 5:17 remaining on the clock.The drive stalled, giving the Nittany Lions their shot, leading to Ficken’s field goal and the eventual overtime.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott paced the Buckeyes’ offense with 26 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Barrett added 20 carries for 75 yards and his two overtime scores. The OSU signal caller also finished the game 12-for-19 for 74 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman led the Buckeyes with three receptions for 19 yards and a score.After Bosa’s 2.5 sacks, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee added 1.5 sacks of his own while junior linebacker Joshua Perry tallied a team-high 18 total tackles.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Nov. 1 to take on Illinois at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Coach Urban Meyer (left) leads the Buckeyes out of the tunnel at Beaver Stadium for an Oct. 25 game against Penn State in State College, Pa. OSU won in double-overtime, 31-24. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor read more

TCI government is making strides to get more tourists in to shore

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos Islands’ government is making strides to get more tourists in to the shores…Coming out of this week’s Cabinet meeting, Cabinet approved a strategy presented by the Premier and Minster of Tourism to promote tourist travel within our islands and within the region. The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board has also agreed to commence discussions with airlines servicing the region to develop multi-destination packages where we can enjoy a piece of the pie on tourists travelling into countries like Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas – the idea is to give day trip or overnight stay options. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more