I have the privilege of speaking today at the Fox Promotion Executive Conference (FPEC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m very excited and honored because some of the other featured speakers are Dr. Oz and Adam Penenberg.
I’ve been asked to talk about leadership and change, topics I am passionate about. Effective change requires leadership, and successful leadership necessitates change. I also feel pretty strongly that the privilege to lead should never be given to anyone that cannot demonstrate a record of continuous, purposeful personal change.
I’ve blogged on this site about all of the main points I hope to make today. Here are the things I plan to emphasize:
- The road to competitive parity is crowded with unremarkable people that do not have the courage to give themselves permission to be excellent and do things others are not willing to do. Transformational change can only begin with an unflinching look in the mirror.
- There is no substitute for either performance or caring. Your primary responsibility at work is to first master and then partner with others to continuously improve the system that is your job. You must also hold yourself accountable for developing your capacity to care about the purpose of the work you do and the people you do it with.
- Focus daily, now and as long as are given the privilege to lead, on trust and justice. Our highest levels of value driven behavior are reserved for those we believe will always treat us with fairness, integrity, and sincere concern for our well-being as they ask us to stretch for higher and higher levels of performance.
I’m sure we will talk about more than this, but I’ll consider my talk successful if I’m able to get folks to begin to grasp the power of these concepts.