Veteran, new and aspiring executives need methods to be successful in their organization. There are 1000s of leadership podcasts, videos, blogs, and articles but few authors address what to do or how to do it.
We have witnessed many executives who are efficient (doing things right), but few executives are effective (doing the right things). We believe this is misguided and aim to remedy the shortfall with executives.
The Effective Executive – Season 2 – Episode 5
The Effective Executive Target Market
Leverage Points in Organizations
10 Leadership Competencies – Efficient vs Effective
Tripp Babbitt: [00:00:07] Hi, I’m Tripp Babbitt, host of the Mind Your Noodles podcast, and now with the name Change called the Effective Executive. So I’ve ultimately I’ve talked about this I’ve talked to some people who listen to this podcast. And I ultimately made the decision to change the name of the podcast to the effective executive. And I’m actually going to make this a separate season, if you will. So this will be episode five of Season two, meaning I’m backdating this to September 14th with being an effective executive as Season two, episode one. And I’ve been wrestling with whether to change it or not. The Mind Your Noodles podcast was really focused on neuroscience, something I wanted to learn a lot more about and have been studying for the past three to four years. And I think these things start to merge together. And so let’s talk about that, because I’ve had some concerns when I did talk to some folks that listen to the podcast they like.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:01:25] Well, I’m not really an executive and I am targeting veteran new and aspiring executives and executive teams, but folks anywhere in an organization will benefit from the content of this podcast. It’ll with the effective executive, it’s going to be much broader. We’re going to talk about broader things, different guests that will be on the show that are either partners or mine or maybe can shed some light on what it means to be an effective executive, at least with the operational definition that I’m using. And I think these are important in order to allow some longevity associated with this podcast, a broader umbrella of things, but all focused on becoming an effective executive. So what’s going to be in it? Well, foundationally, I’ve already put out the executive education program where I’m teaching basically synthetic thinking, giving you a method. We have neuroscience woven in into that program. And that being the foundation that we’re building then leads to the knowledge that you need in order to construct a name. And I’m working with a partner right now in order to build that component. And I think this will have not only in addition to the executive education program, but also to the podcast itself, some of the things that will talk about.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:03:18] In association with things like storytelling and internal communications, things of that sort, how are you going to get people to even remember what your aim or purposes of your organization, which is a difficult prospect for most organizations? I really find an organization where I can go around the company and say, OK, what’s your mission? What your vision? What are what are your values in your organization? Which organizational story just doesn’t happen very often. So I think that there’s some improvement that can be done there and looking at it differently.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:03:56] And then from there, I mean, and, you know, be jumping around a little bit, but going back into things like that, I’ve talked about I believe our leverage points in a system are how you go about making decisions. If your organization is innovating, if your organization is using data in a way that’s helpful, where you can get to wisdom in an organization and then the customer in design. So all all of these things will be things we’ll talk about.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:04:30] And I may add things as I go, but today I found that decision making innovation, executive data analytics, customer and organizational design are the leverage points for your organization.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:04:44] Now, this will also mean some website changes. So what what does that mean? Well, I’m going to wind up having one website. So so when I started, I had something called the ninety five method. Ninety five percent of your performance come from the system that you work in, five percent attributable only to the individual or special special events and causes. And that was already built before you even started the podcast. And the podcast, like I said, was oriented towards learning about neuroscience, having some folks on. And then I started to merge the two. Well, not only the thinking that’s coming out of neuroscience and from the ninety five method together, and so now I want to complete that transition by having the one website, I don’t plan on any color scheme changes or any of that stuff, but you will see website changes over the next few weeks and. You will have also a new website name, but don’t worry about that right now, you still can go to Mind Your Noodles Dotcom and get to the content that you want. I still have that domain. The ninety five method then will eventually point to the new domain and I’ll release that in the next couple of weeks or so. But I’ve already updated things like YouTube, have the effective executive. I haven’t moved all the video videos over to it yet. I plan on doing that in the next week or so and then we’ll also have a Twitter channel for it and things of that sort.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:06:34] But that’s that’s where I’m going with this. I’ve talked about this over a period of weeks now, and I think it’s just time to pull the trigger and and move on with it. And I think that in order for me to grow, I need that broader umbrella and the method needs it. But the focus will still be on method. And that actually leads to this week’s episode, which is I want to talk about what people are calling the top 10 leadership competencies. And I read an article by Ronald Dr. Ronald Riggo, probably badgering the name that was written probably six years ago, but has a lot of people that have read it. And I like kind of what he says and how he’s broken things out about what the leadership competency competencies are. Boy, I can’t say that, but those 10 things are social intelligence, interpersonal skills. And yeah, I’m scrolling there because I’m looking at the article and I’ll put a link to this obviously in the show notes. But emotional skills, intelligence, prudence, courage, conflict management, decision making, political skills, influence skills and. The last one is area expertize or competence, which is interesting to me that he called that competence on its own as a subset of competency. Regardless most of these things on there, as I as I walk through them, social intelligence, I mean that.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:08:18] Let’s go back to our first episode of the second season, being an effective executive where I talked about you can either be efficient or you can be effective and an efficient executive as someone who does things right and an effective one is doing the right things. And they are two different things. And that’s why calling this podcast, the effective executive, gets to the core of that. Now, you can’t become, in my mind, in my operational different definition, an effective executive unless you understand synthetic thinking and understand your organization looking through those lenses. This gets to the education program, looking through a customer lens, looking through your thinking lens that you have in your organization. How do you think and how have you put things together based on that thinking?
Tripp Babbitt: [00:09:12] So that’s this foundational piece. But let’s just kind of walk through the ten things that that I just mentioned, social intelligence efficiency that doesn’t guarantee that you’re working on the right things, but that you’re able to communicate in a more effective way or a more efficient way to employees interpersonal skills. Again, these are this is a method of efficiency. This is not making sure that your work, you’re doing the right things, are working on the right things.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:09:46] It’s doing things right and emotional skills and intelligence. Again, this is something associated with efficiency and not effectiveness. We look at prudence. And in here he writes, Prudence is one of Aristotle’s cardinal virtues. A synonym is wisdom, but it comes from being able to see others perspectives and through being open to and considering others point points of view.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:10:16] Now, I think this goes into becoming effective. But again, this is something that has to do with efficiency, courage.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:10:28] Second, Cardinal virtue, apparently from Aristotle is courage or fortitude, and this is having the courage to take calculated risks. And this is something that’s built into being an effective executive conflict management. Again, this is all about efficiency, decision making.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:10:47] Now, that’s one of the things that I believe is a leverage point and that you need.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:10:52] A method to be an effective decision maker, and I don’t see it very often in organizations, I see sometimes very effective decisions being made. But is it optimal? Is it a learning method or do you make a decision and move on? So decision making is definitely one of the what I would consider to be something that you have to is part of being an effective executive political skills.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:11:20] Again, this has to do with efficiency, you know, getting all the people on board.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:11:26] It’s built into the methods, all of these kind of efficiency things, but not to the degree that you’re getting them as standalone today. In other words, you know, all these people that are talking about leadership and that’s most of the people out there talk very little about method. Oh, they’re inspiring and they’re, you know, emotional intelligence and all those types of things, but they don’t provide you methods in order to improve your organization. And that’s the focus of this podcast, influence skills. You know, can you influence decisions and things of that sort? Again, efficiency. And then it’s interesting to me again that the tenth thing is area expertize or competence. And this is really what I want to build in this podcast. The Effective Executive, what you get from the YouTube channels and the executive education program is building confidence, giving you method to do things.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:12:24] So hopefully that helps a little bit about some of the differences and the same things. I just will not I’m not saying leadership is not important. It’s very important. But if you have leadership skills and you’re great politically and you can influence things but or you don’t create things that that make your organization or yourself more effective, then I think you’re missing the boat.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:12:53] And when I’m talking about effective and talking about creating value in association with what value you want to create now, I don’t think that you can do it in construction. I don’t think that you can determine what the right things to do are until you look at your organization synthetically. And most executives are not built that way. Therefore, this is a reason for the executive education program. And all of these podcasts is the focus on method and how do we create value.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:13:27] And I can’t tell you what it is, but I can walk you through some things that will help you reveal to you as an executive or your executive team.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:13:38] What are the types of things that that you want to focus on that create value for your customers, for society as a whole, things of that sort. And those are the things that you need to consider. But you can’t do it until you understand synthetic thinking. And most of you are going to be. Ninety nine percent of your are analytical thinkers or one hundred percent of you. I would think it would be fair to say, or ninety nine point ninety nine percent of you are going to be in organizations that are built analytically and not synthetically. So this is why I think executives need to back up. You need new skills if you’re new to being an executive, if you’re aspiring to be an executive, you need to develop these skills. If you’re a veteran executive, this will give you some fresh thinking for your organization in order to build something, maybe a little bit different. But in my opinion, a lot better than than the way that you’re going about things now or certainly with a lot more consciousness about why you have built the things that you have and how that’s affecting customers in that. So that’s this week. I know that’s a lot, but I wanted to get one thing in here on give you some some content material other than some of the podcast changes that are coming up.
Tripp Babbitt: [00:15:04] I think you’ll like them whether you’re just, you know, someone from the front line that that doesn’t really aspire to be an executive. You still have to influence. You still have to understand. And the better you understand, the better employee you are, the synthetic thinking portion and what your executives in your organization need to be able to do in order to make your organization effective, but also that executive themselves effective. So that’s it for this week. You can reach me at Tripp Babbitt, the ninety five method Dotcom or TripIt nine Mind Your Noodles dot com. If you have comments about any of the changes, like IBM don’t like them, I just felt it was time to pull the. Trigger move on and so starting new season, this would be Episode five, I still will continue to put in the episodes the number that I’m at. This would be in the 70 ninth episode that I’ve done since starting Mind Your Noodles and now merging into the effective executive. Thank you.
[00:16:16] Hi, I’m Tripp Babbitt. You can now download the effective executive starter kit. It’s free at the95method.com/starter kit.