Sam Palmisano’s 4 questions

During Sam Palmisano’s tenure, I.B.M. has been a textbook case of how to drive change in a big company — when so much of the study of business innovation focuses on start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Here is a glimpse of the thinking behind some of the major steps I.B.M. has taken under Mr. Palmisano’s leadership, based on interviews with him.

He says his guiding framework boils down to four questions:

• “Why would someone spend their money with you — so what is unique about you?”

• “Why would somebody work for you?”

• “Why would society allow you to operate in their defined geography — their country?”

• “And why would somebody invest their money with you?”

Mr. Palmisano formulated those questions in the months after he became C.E.O. in March 2002. His predecessor, Louis V. Gerstner Jr., recruited to I.B.M. in 1993, had already pulled the company out of a financial tailspin, first reducing the size of the work force and cutting costs, and then leading a remarkable recovery.

This info is extracted from a news article following change of CEO of IBM.

WorkPlace challenges – 4 simple ways to success

There are hundreds of challenges at workplace. Each one of them unique based on the situation, person, or management. Few examples are:

New employee acclimatization

Acclimatization to a newer, challenging role

Waiting for that most sought after promotion

Workplace politics

Coping with the change in management

Wanting a salary hike

The micro-managing boss

or The Never available boss

The irritating colleague who seems to have no responsibility

The colleague who does not share information

Or the one who thinks he is superior based on the previous accomplishments, but has no intention of performing now

The list can go on and on… These issues pose different challenges to employees in different roles or levels in the organisation. However, I think there are 4 simple steps which can resolve these issues to a great extent:

1. Be clear on what you want.

                  – Having a list of goals based on the life that we really want. And breaking them down to everyday tasks is very helpful.

2. Get clarity on what is bothering you.

                 – Often times, we are frustrated simply because of confusion. We need to analyse the situation and understand what is really bothering us. Generally, it is more than one reason that is bothering us. Once we know the exact reason, we can have a strategy to resolve each of this issue.

3. Focus on performing at your best each day without fail.

                  – As discussed above, everyday tasks will help in focusing on the important tasks. And keeps you from falling into the Urgent tasks quadrant all the time. Get the required motivation to do your job. Your Lead or the Manager are the best people to talk to. If you have not so healthy relationship with them, its time you build it. After all, what they want is you performing at peak everyday. Time management is also an area to look into and improve as required.

4. Be committed to the Organisations’ goals.

If you need help in any of these areas, feel free to seek help. There are people out there who would love to help you.

Please leave a comment and feel free to share your ideas.

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Leadership is within all of us!

We all are leaders of our lives. We acknowledge it or not. It is there right inside us..

Many a times, we are afraid to acknowledge that we have it in us…

  • to make the difference in the world
  • to make the difference in our lives
  • to make the difference in our loved ones’ life
  • to go live in the change that gives us satisfaction. As humans, we are afraid of change…

we need to learn to embrace change. And the change is continuously changing. Hence, the need to continually learn the new change and move through it arises for human beings. This has been the basis of evolution of mankind.

  1. John Adair said it well when he said “We all have it (Leadership) within us when the situation calls and the time comes.”                                                                                                                                                                                     Think about that one situation of crisis in your life when you rose up to the situation. That is why, panic is good sometimes. It triggers the life saving system in us and makes us do things we wouldn’t do normally.                                                                                                                                                                          What if we learn to take decisions and implement them without saving our energy only for crisis situations. Enable the leadership switch in us to work everyday, every moment of our lives, and yes, we have the life we always wanted…
  2. Robin Sharma said “Be a Leader without title”                                                                                                               Isn’t it one more reason why we stand back and watch. Because we donot have the title, and so it is not time for us to demonstrate leadership. Why dont we demonstrate leadership without waiting for the title to come, our life, and so to say, our work-Life would be totally different.
  3. We are afraid we would also become materialistic like our bosses?                                                                                                                             Are our bosses materialistic? Really? I dont think so. They are only more committed to organisation’s goals. We are feeling bad deep down that we are not as clear as they are about what they want from life and work. It is time to seek clarity in our lives, about our vision, our dreams and about every moment that we spend everyday. Once we are clear, we are the happy children of the universe continuously moving towards improving our life