The Next Level

Eblin, Scott
July 2006
Next Level - Business Book Summaries;2006, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p1
Book Summary
Book Summary
Newly appointed executives have developed a high degree of technical competence and expertise in order to advance to this stage in their careers; without that, they would not have been promoted in the first place. However, joining the executive ranks is, as Eblin puts it, entering into uncharted terrain. Success here demands an entirely different set of skills and capabilities than those that served sufficiently up to this point. The successful executive needs to have the courage and the confidence to selectively "let go" of the competencies that brought him or her to this level and "pick up," or adopt, a broader view in order to meet executive expectations. In order to make a successful transition from non-executive to executive: Pick up confidence in your presence and let go of doubt in how you contribute; Pick up regular renewal of your energy and perspective and let go of running flat out until you crash; Pick up custom-fit communications and let go of one-size-fits-all communications; Pick up team reliance and let go of self-reliance; Pick up defining what to do and let go of how to do it; Pick up accountability for many results and let go of responsibility for a few results; Pick up looking left and right as you lead and let go of looking primarily up and down as you lead; Pick up an outside-in view of the entire organization and let go of an inside-out view of your function; and Pick up a big-footprint view of your role and let go of a small-footprint view of your role


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