In today's constantly changing business world, at times
effective leaders actually contradict traditional notions of
leadership. Some companies find a strategy or approach that works
for them and repeat it for as long as possible. However, this
static approach isn't effective in a world undergoing massive
technological change on a regular basis. In our new paradigm,
efficient leaders realize flexibility is an essential skill.
The firm of tomorrow
At Collins Barrow SNT LLP, change is our middle name. We're
always developing new departments, and a variety of specialty
services that extends above and beyond traditional accounting. I
spend a lot of time thinking about the firm of tomorrow. From
listening to presentations about new software—for example,
video conferencing has been essential in keeping our five locations
in constant communication—to learning about other innovations
that might help us improve.
Let's be honest, leadership roles can result in a certain
amount of ego gratification. It can be difficult to make decisions
that may feel as if you're reducing you role. However, this is
often the best route to effective solutions. With that in mind, I
don't just give direction to my partners, I also take it from
them. As a result, I'm not always 100% in line with the
decisions that are made, but I have found that it always pays to
embrace the perspectives of others and form consensus.
Once you have formed consensus on the best step forward
(especially when investing in innovation and chance), you have to
be ready to admit when you're wrong. For example, we
implemented some software that took us two years and three tries to
get right – it was hard to restart that many times but we
stuck with it because we were convinced that the concept was the
right one for us. I would still rather make a definite decision,
commit to it, and be ready to go in another direction if necessary.
It's inefficient to balance two conflicting ideas at the same
time and give them equal weight.
Borrow good ideas
I'm always on the lookout for fresh ideas. While some
leaders believe that experimentation is the best way to find these
new ideas, I also see value in the examples that are already out
there. There are a lot of firms doing interesting things and I
think time is well spent learning from them, rather than always
trying to reinvent the wheel. Other examples may not always be
relevant to our needs, but it's important that we take the time
to make that determination. If you ignore the potential for
progress, you get left behind pretty quick.
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