Many years ago people on Twitter started calling me Innovation Insurgent. It stuck. I’m all about better. I’m all about forward, impactful progress. But, I know that innovation isn’t the answer to every problem. Innovation has become a buzzword in modern society, with many people viewing it as a panacea for every problem, from economic stagnation to climate change. While innovation can certainly bring positive change and progress, there is a growing case against the exclusive focus on innovation as a solution to every problem.
Michael Abrashoff is a former Navy Commander tasked with turning around the performance of the USS Benfold, a naval warship struggling to meet its performance targets. Abrashoff’s leadership style and strategies led to a significant turnaround in the ship’s performance, and his experience provides valuable lessons for leaders in any industry.
In any team or organization, the performance of the team depends largely on the quality of leadership; I believe leadership is the single greatest factor that affects team performance. The phrase “There are no bad crews, only bad leaders” highlights the importance of good leadership in achieving success. The phrase has been attributed to the US Navy SEALs, who are known for their highly effective teamwork and leadership skills.
Leadership is about setting an example; not just about making decisions, it’s also about the signals and messages that leaders send to their team. These signals can have a significant impact on the success of an organization, team, or project.
Changing someone’s mind can be a daunting task, but it is a necessary one for anyone who wants to influence others. Whether you are trying to persuade a colleague to support your project, a client to buy your product or a friend to change their behavior, you need to be able to present your ideas in a compelling way.
Trying out something a little different today. Strategic thinking is one of my favorite topics, and Napoleon Bonaparte is one of my favorite people to study for lessons on strategic thinking. So, today I’m going to give you a list of lessons I’ve learned from one of the greatest military strategists in history.