Monthly Archives: June 2020

Understanding How Others Perceive Your Leadership Style

by on Jun 24, 2020 12:54 PM

Understanding How Others Perceive Your Leadership Style

Are you curious how others perceive your leadership style? I recently came upon the quote below from Warren Bennis that really intrigued me. Without getting too philosophical, how does one become oneself? What are the factors that shape us? Nature vs. Nurture? Opportunities vs. Struggles? If experiences play a part, then aren’t we always evolving?

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.”
– Warren Bennis

Here’s what I do know. The person we tell ourselves we are can be very different from the person others perceive us to be, especially in the workplace. If you’re a leader in business, it’s important to know how you are perceived by others. So, the question to really ponder is not “Who am I as a leader?”, but rather “How do others perceive me as a leader?”

In my years working with entrepreneurs and business owners, this idea is often challenged. When pushback occurs, I stress that leaders are judged by their impact on others not by their intentions. It takes courage to find out how others perceive your leadership style and while you can choose to conduct a 360 Assessment, you can also solicit safe one-on-one feedback with open-ended questions such as:

  • What do you need from me as a leader?
  • What ways can we work better together?
  • How can/do I empower you?
  • How can I improve my communication with you?

These questions will stimulate dialogue reflecting to the team member that you are truly interested in your relationship and his/her experience. As a bonus, you’ll start to understand your natural strengths and areas for development. And I can’t think of a better time to start, as 2020 has been an unprecedented year on many levels. Communication with the intent to gain feedback on your perceived leadership will help now and well into the future.

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About Andrea Grubb

Andrea Grubb is the Chief Integrator Officer at Trilogy Partners. Trilogy Partners is an advisory & implementation firm whose mission is to help companies grow and transform.  We accomplish this by focusing on 3 critical business areas: Financial, Strategy & People

Creating Strategic Plans That Work

by on Jun 4, 2020 2:03 PM

Creating Strategic Plans That Work

Strategic Plans (aka Roadmaps) are useless. There, I’ve said it. How many times do companies spend the effort, energy, and money on building a strategic plan only for it to collect dust on someone’s desk within a month of its conception?

Don’t get me wrong, as we approach the halfway mark of an unprecedented 2020, now is a great time to generate a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis along with Critical Success Factors (CSF’s) and 1-3-5-year goals. Understanding what makes your company thrive, recognizing its shortfalls, exploring new ventures and possible downfalls is a great exercise for a team. It not only educates and creates insight, but it also motivates. However, the unfortunate reality is that motivation alone cannot bring a strategic plan to life. Motivation must go hand in hand with follow through and execution for a strategic plan to be impactful.

At Trilogy Partners, we find that strategic plans fail because of one common denominator – there’s no Implementer to execute the plan. By definition, an Implementer is the person responsible for breaking down the plan into digestible segments, creating realistic time frames for completion of goals and tasking the right people in the organization with “To Do’s”. The Implementer must have the authority to hold employees accountable for achieving the “To Do’s” all the while abiding by and monitoring the schedule to keep things on track. Follow through is key to this process.

Implementing strategic plans means choosing an Implementer either within your organization or an outside source, either way you should ensure that this person is:

  1. Qualified to project manage (good communication skills & follow up, detail oriented)
  2. Empowered by the organization
  3. Respected by all employees
  4. Capable of holding oneself & others accountable
  5. Flexible enough to adapt when required

Designating an Implementer is key to any strategic plan. That’s why when you build your roadmap with Trilogy, we ensure that you’ve identified the Implementer that will take your dusty plan off the desk and make it happen. To learn more, visit us at

About Hal Levenson

Hal Levenson is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer at Trilogy Partners. Trilogy Partners is an advisory & implementation firm whose mission is to help companies grow and transform.  We accomplish this by focusing on 3 critical business areas: Financial, Strategy & People.