Leading with Speed
As leaders, we must have the patience and the persistence of ultra-marathoners and when needed (which is often) the speed of a sprinter.
This implies a calm endurance, and mindset for the long run.
It also means that we must be able to put on bold bursts of speed. And to do so, while maintaining our energy, joy, and our very selves for the long run.
Eight key elements for the alchemy of speed.
It is always about Speed to Value, not the Value of Speed itself.
Provide the Inspiring Why For Yourself, Your customers, and those you lead.
Lead with a constancy of purpose towards the inspiring WHY even on days that you must trudge.
Exponentially build trust to build exponential speed.
Gather speed and value from the “SHRAPNEL OF FAILURE”
Create meaningful measures. Design and build your leadership speedometer.
Be a “Time Lord”. Own the game clock.
Speed is good. Acceleration wins.
Create a leadership learning acceleration engine for yourself and those you lead.
Master the immutable laws of speed to master your leadership force.
Alan Willett is the founder and president of Alan Willett Consulting.
Alan has been called to bring his expertise to many parts of the globe, including Ireland, England, Portugal, India, Turkey, South Africa and of course many parts of the United States of America. He has consulted with high technology organizations around the world, ranging from small startups to such giants as Comcast, ASM, Orbital ATK, NASA, Microsoft, and Oracle.
Alan is the author of the book Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People, which won the distinction of being named a Soundview Business Book of the Year in 2017. According to Noopur Davis, Sr. Vice President of Technology and Product at Comcast, “Your difficult people are often extremely valuable when turned in the right direction. Read this! Better yet, understand the concepts in this book and use them!”
Before his work as a consultant, Alan Willett spent 20 years building and delivering superior integrated software-hardware products to the marketplace.
Originally a software engineer, he quickly took on management positions as a result of his strong organizational skills and commitment. At Xerox, he was part of the management team that created Xerox’s first ever digital print production system.
Alan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in the Management of Technology and Organizational Change. He designed his master’s degree around the art of culture-change in the fast-paced world of technology. In his career, Alan has worked side by side with executives and leading experts from around the world.
You will see the word “Oxseeker” periodically on copyright notices and on Alan’s contracts. What is Oxseeker?
Simply, Oxseeker is the name the business incorporated under in May of 2011. The name “Oxseeker” is metaphor the quest for excellence.
The ox is in some older cultures a metaphor for enlightenment or excellence. This is especially prevalent in Zen poetry.
Alan is impressive. In my working with Alan, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to recognize the essence of complex issues, to define practical solutions, and to lead management and team members to implement these solutions.
Watts Humphrey, IBM, Software Engineering Institute
Honored with the National Medal of Technology by President George W. Bush
The CEO’s leadership team was constantly bickering. After achieving great success, they seemed to have lost their way.
Management and the software team were at odds. Each blamed the other for the slowdowns and delays in their development process.
The CEO of a 500+ person high-tech development organization had recently hired a very strong CTO. He began to wonder if perhaps he was “too strong?” The CTO seemed to be doing the right things, but in doing so was upsetting many of organization’s employees.