Leadership Styles in a Social Media World

Hola Todos!

Attached for your review, is a presentation I recently shared with the AAF/Marketing Club of Seton Hall University.  The presentation is a shorten version of an article I published in Marketing Management titled “CMO Leadership for the 21st Century.”

In summary, CMOs of social media firms must shift their leadership mental model to make decisions with their customers (e.g., the crowd) and not just for them.  Links to the presentation and the MP3 audio track for the session with narration can be found below.

 

Best regards,

Dr. Dan-o

 

Presentation: Leadership Styles in a Social Media World

Leadership Audio

 

Daniel M. Ladik, PhD

Associate Professor of Marketing

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University

We Create our Own Future

Hola Todos!

Mr. Mike has a great one for us.  Remember, in my teaching philosophy post, I stressed, “knowledge is constructed, not received.” We create our knowledge from what we learn and we also create our future from what we do.  Plan ahead – place those “big rocks” first and lead yourself to the future where you want to be.

Best

Dr. Dan-o

 

To:  The Great Leaders Who Have a Passion for Continuous Learning

In preparing for a recent speaking engagement about goal setting, I came across a quote that dramatically captured an exciting new way to look at the future.

“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created — created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.”

The words suggest changing how we look at the future, not as passive acts of finding and discovery, but ones of ‘making’ and ‘creating.’  With this simple shift, the future comes to life.  It is no longer then, it is now.  No longer do we focus on the destination, but on the creation of that destination, the journey itself. We actively choose our paths, deliberately with conviction and passion.  We choose not to let life just happen to us.  We are the creators, the makers of our destiny.  We have the joy of searching for and finding the infinite possibilities within us and in the world and people around us.  In the joyfulness and beauty of your creations, remember the words of Marilyn Ferguson, American author:  “Your past in not your potential.  In any hour you can choose to liberate the future.”  As you make your journey think of the Three Stone Cutters Story:

“One day a traveler, walking along a lane, came across three stonecutters working in a quarry. Each was busy cutting a block of stone. Interested to find out what they were working on, he asked the first stonecutter what he was doing. ‘I am cutting a stone!’ Still no wiser the traveler turned to the second stonecutter and asked him what he was doing. ‘I am cutting this block of stone to make sure that it’s square, and its dimensions are uniform, so that it will fit exactly in its place in a wall.’ A bit closer to finding out what the stonecutters were working on but still unclear, the traveler turned to the third stonecutter. He seemed to be the happiest of the three and when asked what he was doing replied: ‘I am building a cathedral.’”

May your journey be filled with magnificent creations – seeing cathedrals in stones  – as you fulfill your life’s purpose on a beautiful and wondrous journey!

Have a beautiful day and a fantastic week!!!

Mike

Contact Information:

Michael M. Reuter

Director, Center for Leadership Development

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University

Tel: (Office) 973.275.2528; (Mobile) 908.419.6060

Email: Michael.Reuter@shu.edu 

 

 

 

 

Dream BIG but Plan Forward

Hola Todos!

Mr. Mike is back with some words of wisdom. In this week’s post, Mike emphasizes, “look head – plan forward” very much in the spirit of “Big Rocks First.”  In addition, don’t just “dream big” but also make the plans to make those dreams reality.

Enjoy

Dr. Dan-o

 

To:  The Great Leaders Who Have a Passion for Continuous Learning

A Chinese proverb tells us: “Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”  In his recent article, How to Become the Person You Want to Be, Philip Humbert, leadership coach and guru speaks about personal development.  He puts his teaching in the context of our growth from the person who we are today and the person whom we will become.  To accomplish this he believes we need a plan: “Since change and evolution are inevitable, it follows that we either plan and control our growth, or we allow ourselves to be influenced by whatever forces happen to impact us.”

We change every day in our life – from our daily experiences, events, the people with whom we interact, all these influences result in change.  Few people, Humbert suggests, despite their vision of what they want to become or their dreams and goals, “have plans or budgets or blueprints to make it happen.”  Humbert’s words are a call to action.  We have visions, strategies and goals.  What specifically will we do and when will we do it to achieve them?  Our tomorrows come quickly.  Grab your todays and fill them with action that your dreams become reality and you, and the people whom you touch, will become more than we ever dreamed we could be.  Alan Lakein, author, reminds us:  “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

Mike

Contact Information:

Michael M. Reuter

Director, Center for Leadership Development

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University

Tel: (Office) 973.275.2528; (Mobile) 908.419.6060

Email: Michael.Reuter@shu.edu 

Leaders are Made (NOT Born)

Hola Todos – Mr. Mike has some more “nugget worthy” leadership thoughts for use today.  The first person referenced in the post below is Warren Bennis.  Professor Bennis is to Leadership as Professor Philip Kotler is to Marketing or Vince Lombardi is to Football.  I have an excellent leadership book recommendation by Bennis for a future post.

What I like the most about the post below is that it emphasis that “leaders are made” as leaders learn to become leaders via experience. That statement is 100% within my worldview of servant leadership.  I also like the last Bennis quote as many of the most successful leaders I can think of did not conscientiously start out saying to themselves “I’m going to be a LEADER!”  It just happens – by doing…

Enjoy!

Dr. Dan-o

 

To:  The Great Leaders Who Have a Passion for Continuous Learning

Warren Bennis in his book, On Becoming a Leader, writes that successful people who made it to the top did so “because leaders are made, and made by themselves.” This success comes from the ‘whole-brain’ thinking, moving from principally analytical to more creative thinking – as Bennis says from wearing square hats to sombreros. It is this broader approach in which people begin to find their fullest potential.  They understand that their growth requires new ways of seeing the world.  “It is the individual, operating at the peak of his creative and moral powers, who will revive our organizations by reinventing himself and them” writes Bennis.  They will be innovators and curious, non-linear thinkers.  Like former American Association of University Women executive director, Anne Bryant, they will take themselves and their people on ‘hot air balloon exercises’ to stimulate creative thinking:

“You take people up in an imaginary balloon and from up there you can see the entire entity. Then you examine what you see, who you see, what they’re doing, and what others things they might be doing, You imagine, for instance, what might happen if you put $500,000 toward child development research or what might be done about teen pregnancy.”

Great leaders listen intently and rely on what American author Ralph Waldo Emerson called the ‘blessed impulse,’ the inner voice of intuition. It is a release from linear thinking and allows them to explore alternative scenarios, opens them up to others’ perspectives and with reflection to arrive at a richer, more robust and value-added response.  As Bennis writes:  “No leader sets out to be a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully.  When that expression is of value, they become leaders.”

This week put on your sombrero of a whole-brain thinker.  See the realities of what is, and also the infinite possibilities of what could be.  Take a balloon ride and get a different perspective of the world around you.  Enjoy the view, then change the world!  And have fun doing it.

Have a beautiful day and a fantastic week!!!

Mike

 

Contact Information:

Michael M. Reuter

Director, Center for Leadership Development

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University

Tel: (Office) 973.275.2528; (Mobile) 908.419.6060

Email: Michael.Reuter@shu.edu