Championing Your Consigliere

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to become more persuasive. Reading time: 3:19

       a black laptop computer with a red megaphoneYou’ve got a good idea. Now, consider presenting that idea with all the creative flair it took to develop it.

       Instead of simply  pitching it directly to the decision-maker, lateral it. Hand it off to a colleague –your champion–who has less baggage to carry into that decision-making meeting.

      And with no dog in the race,  your champion is likely to get farther– faster –than you.

     executive warfare

      Yes. Your Champion. One who speaks on behalf of another.

       Think of that champion as your consigliere (Italian for counselor.)

       You’ll recall meeting the  Consigliere in the movie The Godfather. Robert Duvall’s character served as the trusted lawyer and confidant to the Corelone family.

        The Consigliere — a.k.a. champion — often had to referee internal and external conflict without getting killed in the process. He or she stayed above the fray primarily because he or she stood on the sidelines, never in line for one of the line positions to run the family.

     And those champions in your organization serve as servant leaders to leaders. They become “consiglieri or the real advisors behind the throne,” notes former CEO David D’Alessandro in his book Executive Warfare.

     Those Consiglieri  (plural of Consigliere) are often staff leaders in human resources, public relations, investor relations and the law department, D’Alessandro observes who have “unfettered access to the boss.”  They have no ax to grind. No personal agenda to pursue beyond their current role. Continue reading “Championing Your Consigliere”

BOOK IT: Make Time For Your Write Stuff

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you write your book. Reading time: 3:11.

          You’re smart. You’re thoughtful. You’re insightful. Your colleagues tell you that you should write a book. But you’re too busy –even with the services of a ghost writer to prod you.  You just don’t have the time.

          Me neither. That’s why I had to find the time to write my book and now I want to help you find the time to write yours.

Here are a few examples from other leaders who converted their excuses into excursions and booked their own flight into the publishing world.

          They wrote their books despite overwhelming odds. They found their Write Stuff  despite challenging obstacles. And they reinforced their leadership role –one chapter at a time. So can you.

EXCUSE No. 1. “I just don’t have the time.”

            Wayne Dyer wrote Your Erroneous Zones in 18 days; Voltaire wrote Candide in four weeks and Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in six weeks. In two months, Winston Churchill wrote his first book SavrolaContinue reading “BOOK IT: Make Time For Your Write Stuff”

Goal-Setting: In Yourself Believe

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s a poem to help you more fully focus on your goals.

      As the author of a book on personal leadership — Get a GRIP on your Dream—I’m always on the lookout for anything that helps me focus more on the significance of goal-setting. Hence my GRIP process of personal leadership begins with GOAL-SETTING (then evolves into Risk-taking, Initiating and Persisting).

     I ran across the following poem on GOAL-SETTING by that famous poet– Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous– that seemed to capture the meaning and purpose of goal-setting.  In fact I used to recite this poem to close each of the mentoring classes I designed and delivered for a multi-billion dollar corporation. Perhaps this GOAL-SETTING  poem will help you too stay focused on achieving your goals.

                                          GOAL-SETTING

Fortunate is the person who in this life can find a purpose that can fill their days and goals to fill their mind.

The world is filled with many people, content with where they are.  Not knowing the joys success can bring, nor willing to go that far.

Yet in this world there is a need for people to lead the rest,
to rise above the average life  by giving of their best.

 Would you be the one who dares to try when challenged by the task?

  Will you strive to heights you’ve never seen or is that too much to ask ?

  This is your day, a world to win.
Great purpose to achieve.
Accept the challenge of your goals.
And  in yourself believe.

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