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What leadership practices are essential in the New Normal? The GEO Cardinal Rules™ are the critical core — nine proven leadership practices for ensuring your success in the New Normal.

GEO Cardinal Rules | 9 Leadership Practices for Sustaining Your Success

Apply GEO Cardinal Rules to Ensure Your Success

What are your top challenges? What if you had SMARTER, FASTER WAYS to meet them?

The GEO Cardinal Rules™ provide a proven path to superior results. They are not theoretical. They are an action-focused derived from our first-hand experience working with exceptional leaders in the Fortune 500, mid-sized firms, and non-profits.

synthesis of how exceptional leaders thrive in the New Normal. What leadership practices are most effective in the New Normal? The GEO Cardinal Rules™ are the critical core — nine proven leadership practices for ensuring your success.

  1. Think Together
  2. Decide Dynamically
  3. Expedite Execution
  4. Hone Habits
  5. Unlock Trust
  6. Cultivate Change
  7. Leverage Technology
  8. Learn Relentlessly
  9. Master Mindfulness

The GEO Cardinal Rules™ are an action-oriented synthesis of how exceptional leaders are thriving in the New Normal. While nine leadership practices align with the timeless fundamentals of great leadership but they also raise the bar.

New approaches are essential because the ‘perfect storm’ of VUCA  Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity has spawned unprecedented challenges.

None of these leadership practices are stand-alone “silver bullet” solutions. They are an integrated whole designed to meet the challenges of strategy, focus, speed, and engagement.,

These nine leadership practices align with the timeless fundamentals of great leadership but they also raise the bar. New approaches are essential because of the ‘perfect storm’ of VUCA  Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity.   Because no one has all the answers all the time in a world of VUCA, an evolution is occurring. Effective leadership has become a collaborative process informed by the Collective Intelligence of diverse stakeholders.

Here are the nine essential leadership Practices for Thriving in the New Normal:

  1. Think Together
  2. Decide Dynamically
  3. Expedite Execution
  4. Hone Habits
  5. Unlock Trust
  6. Cultivate Change
  7. Leverage Technology
  8. Learn Relentlessly
  9. Master Mindfulness

None of the leadership practices are stand-alone “silver bullet” solutions. They are an integrated whole,. Together, they offer a proven approach to achieve smart solutions and superior results.

Below are brief descriptions of each Cardinal Rule. The text links to a GEO Knowledge Byte™ that explains the what, why, and how of each Cardinal Rule. Many of the Rules also have links to other related articles and videos.  More are being added more each week, so stay tuned!

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Apply GEO Cardinal Rules | 9 Leadership Practices for Ensuring Your Success

The first of nine leadership practices is THINK TOGETHER | GEO Leadership } Leland Russell

The first of nine leadership practices is THINK TOGETHER. The purpose of this Cardinal Rule s to achieve smarter strategic thinking and energized engagement by tapping Collective Intelligence. Collective Intelligence is the result of LISTENING to and SYNTHESIZING a broad spectrum of ideas, views, and opinions to address a complex challenge. It delivers deeper insights and smarter solutions than an individual or an elite few could produce. 

The second of nine leadership practices is THINK TOGETHER.

The second of nine leadership practices is DECIDE DYNAMICALLY.  The purpose is of this Cardinal Rule is to avoid the greatest leadership danger: mental inertia when your environment is changing, often rapidly and unpredictably. Not shifting your perspective and thinking differently when new circumstances arrive is a recipe for decision disasters.

 

Cardinal Rule #3 for New Normal Leadership is EXPEDITE EXECUTION. The purpose is to meet the biggest challenge for leadership in the New Normal: Time Compression. What used to take months and years, now occurs in days and hours. How fast do you need to execute? The answer is simple: faster than the rate of change. As Jack Welch, former chairman of GE, observed, “If the rate of change inside an organization is less than the rate of change outside, the end is in sight.”

Cardinal Rule #4 for New Normal Leadership is UNLOCK TRUST. The purpose is to foster success generating behaviors — creativity, collaboration, and alignment. The reason for this is well-documented. High trust organizations vastly outperform low trust ones. Given the ROI benefits, TRUST IS A MUST. 

Cardinal Rule #5 for New Normal Leadership is CONNECT CONSCIOUSLY. The purpose is to be a more effective leader by amplifying your awareness of and responsiveness to others. When you are truly interested in others, you can connect more consciously. You can best serve your purpose by staying connected to who YOU really are and leading from your core.

Cardinal Rule #6 for New Normal Leadership is CULTIVATE CULTURE. The purpose is to ensure that your culture is aligned with your strategy because this is a leading indicator of sustainable performance improvement. Cultivate Culture focuses on embedding the right mental norms —  mindsets, values, and assumptions —  about how to behave and how to run your organization. Culture change always begins at the top. 

Cardinal Rule #7 for New Normal Leadership is LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY. The purpose is to augment human intelligence and automate human tasks to truly do more with less. This leadership practice is about transforming how we communicate, collaborate, innovate, and educate. Technology properly applied not only saves time and increases efficiency, it can also enable deeper insights and greater transparency.

Cardinal Rule #8 for New Normal Leadership is LEARN RELENTLESSLY. The purpose is to avoid the costs of falling behind by continuously growing your competence and confidence. The key is an unceasing exploration of the world around you and a targeted expansion of what you know and what you can do. “In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”~ Eric Hoffer 

Cardinal Rule #9 for New Normal Leadership is MASTER MINDFULNESS. The purpose is to enhance your leadership capacity and personal well-being. Mindfulness means maintaining a state of active, open attention on the present. A wealth of new research has confirmed its many benefits.

If you’d like to learn more about the Cardinal Rules and you can apply them, Let’s Connect for a complimentary consulting call.

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About Leland Russell

Leland Russell accelerates strategic action with GEO Leadership™ principles, processes, and virtual tools. He is the creator of The GEO Paradigm™ and co-author of Winning In FastTime®. GEO Group Strategic Services, the firm he founded, has a stellar performance track record with Fortune 500 organizations, mid-size firms, and non-profits. Leland writes regularly about how leaders can thrive in the New Normal on his website — www.LelandRussell.com.

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