Leadership – 12 breakthrough steps

Behind every successful initiative or solution is a great leader who championed the vision, executed the plan, and created amplified results. Here are 12 steps for developing and implementing successful initiatives. These steps are particularly powerful for developing and executing a strategic plan, formulating a marketing strategy, solving problems, improving processes, or handling a financial or personnel issue.

1. Define the situation

Summarise the key facts of the situation from your perspective. Then define the voice of stakeholders, empathising with customers, employees, suppliers, your board and even your competitors – anyone important to the situation. Being open to multiple points of view, backed up by facts and figures, can help you assess a situation in such a way that the issue might nearly solve itself. Thinking in extremes, as in what would each love and hate about the situation, is highly revealing.

2. Set a SMIT goal

SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant/Realistic with Timing) are what you promise your banker, board or spouse. But if you want to achieve a breakthrough, aim at (don’t promise) what we call a SMIT goal (Specific, Measurable, Impossible with Timing). Set the goal high to force you and your team to creatively seek both insights and solutions “out of the box”.

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