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Promoting Leadership Principles in Product Management


Do you run your organization by ideas or hierarchy?

One of the keys to a successful company is teamwork. When people to work effectivley together great things happen. Though it’s not recognized a key discipline in many organizations, companies that make it a top priority always come out ahead. Check out this infographic for ideas on how to run your organization more effectively: Continue reading


Leadership and accountability

In today’s world too many people avoid accountability for their actions. When things go wrong they find someone or something else to blame. Look around you…I’m sure you’ll see examples.

Too often leaders of organizations take the credit when things go well, but they find ways to avoid responsibility when they get unexpected results. This behavior will not work in the long-term; accountability is too important for leaders avoid. They need to make every decision with the resolution that no matter what the outcome, they will take responsibility for the results.

So what does ‘accountability’ look like? Leadership expert and author Michael Hyatt summed it up nicely in his article How Real Leaders Demonstrate Accountability:

First and foremost, it means that you accept responsibility for the outcomes expected of you—both good and bad. You don’t blame others. And you don’t blame the external environment. There are always things you could have done—or still can do—to change the outcome.

In the article Mr. Hyatt gives a great example of a leader truly stepping up to his accountability (pay particular attention to the opening paragraph in the summary report).

Leaders will not succeed in the long run if they are not accountable in their personal lives. My friend and mentor Dr. Paul Jenkins is the expert in personal accountability. In his recent video he describes two paradigms that shape individual’s lives. Watch this video – it will change your life for the better:

Take responsibility for your actions. Be accountable as an individual and as a leader. I promise you will achieve more success in everything you do.

The Product Management Perspective: The way in which product managers see their world – their ‘paradigm’ – influences their effectiveness as a leader. They can take the ‘victim’ approach or the ‘agent/hero’ approach. If they blame others and wonder why things don’t work out, they are taking the victim approach. If they take accountability for their actions and do whatever it takes to succeed, they become agents of positive change. They become heroes to those whom they lead. Not ‘hero’ in the sense of super heroes, but in the sense of someone who does more than they are expected (and probably paid) to do.

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A new Leadership Development Carnival

The Lead on Purpose blog is featured in the July Leadership Development Carnival of Dan McCarthy’s Great Leadership blog. Jim Holland’s guest post Leadership Lessons from a Kindergarten Class is the focus.

July’s Leadership Carnivals brings together links to more than 25 fresh posts on topics such as accountability, talent management and succession planning. You’ll find posts from great bloggers such as Wally Bock and Chris Young. The Leadership Development Carnival is well a half hour of your time.

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Leadership Development Carnival

Dan McCarthy published his latest Leadership Development Carnival today with links to more than 40 posts about leadership, decision making and accountability. I am honored to announce that a recent post from Lead on Purpose was featured in Dan’s FOGL (friends of Great Leadership) section. Dan’s monthly leadership carnivals bring many thought leaders together in a single forum where you can gain tremendous insight into leadership practices. Reading the Leadership Development Carnival will be well worth your time.