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Karen Maxwell Powell

Karen Maxwell Powell

Recent Posts:

Two Behaviors New Leaders Must Lose

Being a new manager means facing new challenges and applying new skills. However, in many cases it also means letting go of old habits. Two of the most important behaviors that must be avoided are: 1) being a passive bystander when it comes to strategic decisions and 2) being the “doer” in project work.

Strategy Execution for New Leaders: Challenges in Strategy Execution

This podcast focuses on strategy translation and the three critical elements of understanding, connecting and aligning. It answers the question:  What are the challenges in strategy execution for a leader who is new to management?

Accountability: The Nemesis of a New Leader

Promotions are exciting. Especially that first promotion that takes you from the status of “employee” to “management.” And then reality sets in. You have to hold people accountable.

Need to Improve Your Strategy Translation? Try a Business Simulation!

Leaders in all roles are responsible for strategy translation: “connecting the dots” from a higher level business unit or functional or corporate strategy to the work of the local team. As we’ve said in prior posts—this work is really three activities: understand the strategy, connect it to the local level and align your work across boundaries. What’s interesting, given how important it is to do this well, is that most leaders learn HOW to translate strategy somewhat haphazardly—by watching others succeed or stumble, or through their own trial and error.