Emma Gibson forwarded an article from Harvard Business Review addressing four factors that distinguish top chief executive performers in creating strategic impact.
In “What Sets Successful CEOs Apart,” authors Elena Lytkina Botelho, Kim Rosenkoetter Powell, Stephen Kincaid, and Dina Wang reported their analysis of several thousand CEOs. A database of individual career profiles, behavior traits, and performance results provided the data set for their review. They identified important profile differences between top performers and laggards.
The authors report four characteristics that set top CEOs apart, According to the article, “roughly half the strong candidates had distinguished themselves in more than one of the four essential behaviors, while only 5% of the weak candidates had.”
4 Critical Factors for Successful Executives in Creating Strategic Impact
The four characteristics relate to quick decision making, engaging employees, anticipating forward-looking change, and delivering consistent performance. For each characteristic, here are related Brainzooming articles with exercises and tips to improve your own performance creating strategic impact.
Quick Decision Making
- Strategic Thinking Exercise - Simply Making Big Decisions
- Making Decision Making Easier - She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not
- Making a Decision - 7 Situations Begging for Quick Decisions
- Prioritizing with Pain
- Making Quick Decisions During Strategic Planning - 5 Key Questions
- The Brainzooming Results eBook
- Employee Engagement Strategies – Pigs, Chickens, and What Great Leaders Do
- 5 Keys to Engaging Employees in Innovation Strategy – Our Buy-In Manifesto
- Strategic Thinking Success - 3 Critical Thinking Perspectives
- Strategic Thinking Perspectives - Three Strategic Voices to Include on Your Team
Anticipating Forward-Looking Change
- A Career-Changing Business Quote – 10 Years Later
- Creating Strategic Impact – 15 Resources on Strategic Agility
- Strategic Thinking Exercises - Creating Strategic Impact with a Twist
- A Strategy for Predicting the Future More Accurately
- Strategic Thinking Exercise - Black Swan Events in Your Plan
- Strategic Planning - 4 Steps to Plan for Unplanned Events
Delivering Consistent Performance
- Implementation Strategy - How to Create Strategy for Results
- 9 Strategic Thinking Questions – Helping Teams Execute Strategy
- 5 Questions to Move Creative Thinking into Action
- Strategic Thinking Exercise - Who Can You Trust?
Can you look at your career performance and see where you are creating strategic impact through your performance in at least two of these areas? If not, dive in with the supporting articles and strengthen your depth and results! - Mike Brown