With 10+ ski resorts open in the USA and more opening this weekend, the season is here. It is great to see snow falling in the West; here in the East waiting for cold and snow. This is a tough month for me to assemble the Steep Management monthly newsletter as I know how buried you are with bringing the mountain online for the winter.
In the spirit of providing some guidance for the winter and beyond, I’m providing two book reviews that will hopefully be as enlightening to you as they were for me. Both of these books have very similar themes, albeit presented in different formats. They are not about the ski industry but are fully applicable. Candidly, in my opinion, if more of this style of leadership and management was applied to our industry, it would be much more successful with a brighter future.
The first is The Advantage, Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, by Patrick Lencioni. This is any easy read as all of Lencioni’s books are. He has a unique ability to write about the depths of leadership and a healthy organizational culture in an inspiring and readable manner. This is a story about organizational culture and as you read you will be able to relate all of it to your organization, large or small. Lencioni’s company, The Table Group, also provides excellent tools online to assist you in building a healthy culture, www.tablegroup.com/oh.
The second book is about character, Return on Character, The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win, by Fred Kiel. This is not as easy a read as The Advantage and at first I thought it would be bit touchy-feely for this audience. This is definitely not the case. The relationship between a leader’s character and the success of the company is proven with data and really makes one rethink the more traditional management thinking. This just plain makes so much sense, you have to take it seriously. http://www.krw-intl.com/how-we-can-help/
One of the great features of the messages from both books is that to implement the learning from each of them has no out of pocket cash requirement. Yes, it will take energy, commitment, time, and a redirection of your thinking but there is no budgetary reason not to implement what you take away from these two great reads.
In maintaining the guidance spirit, the second article this month, deals with the development of future leaders; some thought provoking information.
To ALL – wish you a snowy season with full chair lifts and lodging beds.