Much has been written about the need for leadership, in government, non-profits, business and families. And yet we seem to have daily media doses of cracks and chasms in leadership that bring organizations and individuals to their knees. What is going on?
Does it ever seem as if your company is ADD, Bi-Polar or even Neurotic? Does the strategic planning seem more like flavor of the day? What does it take these days for a company to have a long successful run in a discernible direction? Do we need to plan on spasms and shifting foundations that seem to change companies overnight? How do we research a company to discern if it fits our personal and professional objectives?
In attempting to answer these questions, we will look to the wisdom of Peter Drucker, Patrick Lencioni and Robert Kaplan. They have much to say in outlining some of the durable benefits of an organization that is committed to aligning leadership around core values and objectives.
Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive, New York: Harper Collins, 1996.
Robert Kaplan, and David Norton, Alignment: Using the Balanced Scorecard to Create Corporate Synergies, Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2006.
Patrick Lencioni, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable, San Francisco: Josey-Bass, 2000.
Mr. Bryant is the Market Executive for Heritage Bank, a $1.4 billion community bank. He manages the southern region of the company and is responsible for growth in Commercial Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management business lines.
His previous professional duties have been as Chief Relationship Officer at First Independent Bank and City Executive for Private Banking at Bank of America. He is a graduate of Oregon Institute of Technology, and an Honors graduate of both the National Graduate Trust School and the Pacific Coast Banking School. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA).
Mr. Bryant's community engagements include the Peace Health Columbia Region Board and the Community Foundation of SW Washington Board. He has been married to Patti for 32 years and has three adult children.
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