As we approach our New Year’s celebrations, I’d like to suggest to you that an excellent New Year pledge is to improving your organization’s management capabilities. It starts with you!
I expect that your organization already has a strong mission and values statement. When I ran Applied Materials we condensed our twelve values into three that we could easily remember, no matter our culture or our geography. They were:
- Close to the Customer (for nonprofits this could mean “the client”)
- Mutual Trust and Respect (which is essential to every organization)
- World Class Performance (this applies to nonprofits as much as it does to commercial enterprises)
I compiled concepts like these, building a personal catalog of management ideas and observations. I continued to fine-tune them over the years, many of them based on lessons I’d learned from other leaders and managers. Much later, when I pulled my collection together, it turned out that there were over one hundred management tips, what I think of as a catalog of “applied wisdom.”
As a New Year’s gift, I’d like to share my collection with you — my colleagues call them “The Definitive Morganisms.” Let me know which ones are most helpful to your mission of improving your skills both as a manager and as a leader.
My best to you in the New Year,