One Key to Leadership Success: Mining the “hidden gems” buried in your organization’s past

  • Fact: Every organizations, like every family, has an inheritance of both strengths and vulnerabilities, but these are usually hidden in plain sight. Embedded “default tendencies” and patterns of functioning during stressful times can bring out the best and the worst in the corporate culture. Knowing in advance what those strengths and vulnerabilities are, what tends to trigger them, and how best to manage them puts an organization at a significant competitive advantage.
  • Action: During strategic planning, risk assessment, or contingency preparedness conversations, bring up the topic of this mixed inheritance, and ask those present to reflect on and name how best to minimize the organizational liabilities and leverage strengths whenever anxious times strike.