23 Jul 2017

How Effective An Executive Are You?

Isn't it interesting how information comes your way at exactly the right time that you need it to?

Let me explain what I mean - over recent times I have been working with a business that has been going through some seriously "trying" times.

Late last year the manager passed away after a very short illness and the owner - who is also the manager's wife - was left with a business in total disarray.

To try and keep the business afloat she brought in a family friend - and as you will see shortly, I use the term "family friend" very loosely - to help run the business because of his (quote) "Management Expertise" and a short time later this same person was (literally) thrown out of the business under suspicion of misappropriation of funds.

Since then there have been a number of tumultuous incidents within the business which have all been based around the fact that the business has been run like a "rudderless ship".

What I mean by this is that there has been no real "Captain" to help guide the business through these harrowing times and as a result the business has been merely "surviving" with no-one to truly guide it back on to the road to success.

This experience has really opened my eyes to the importance of business needing true "Guardians" to guide it to success - in the case of small business, this might mean honourable and ethical management and in the case of larger corporations this might mean an honourable and ethical Board of Directors.

It was around about this time that I was listening to Mark Horstman (that's Mark on the left above) and Mike Auzenne (on the right) talking about how to be an effective executive on their podcast called Manager Tools and their discussion was just the kind of information that this business needed to help it through it's current situation, so I got in contact with Mark Horstman and asked him back on to the BookPals Business Sanity Podcast to talk about what it means to be an effective executive.

You would remember Mark from previous podcast episodes where he has spoken about effective management principles and in this discussion Mark outlines what it means to be an effective executive and the differences between being an effective manager and an effective executive of a larger organisation.

Get ready to start understanding how to prepare yourself for the "jump" from effective manager to effective executive after listening to this episode of BookPals Business Sanity.