Give me lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I can move the earth. ~Archimedes
Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer who lived between approximately 287 BC – 212 BC in the city of Syracuse. He is perhaps best known for his mathematical and physical explanations of the Principle of Leverage, using a lever and fulcrum to lift objects that would otherwise have been too heavy to move.
The job of the CEO and business leader calls for heavy lifting and the movement of some pretty stubborn and immovable objects. Not only does the CEO have to divine a winning strategy, but has to align and launch the human energies of hundreds to thousands of individuals, each with multiple agendas, towards a common objective in a cost effective efficient manner and in the fasted time possible to stay ahead of the competition.
For that task some real leverage is needed. Leadership is the lever and corporate culture is the fulcrum.
A weak culture will not sustain the force required for change. An unaligned culture will cause the lever of leadership to lose balance and be inefficient. But a strong culture, aligned with the strategy and supported by strong leadership, can “shift the world”.
“If you don’t understand your corporate culture, you don’t really understand your business!”
My newest book, LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture, will be available in paperback from Amazon and all other on-line book shops in just a few weeks, just in time to order copies for your management team for the holidays.
John R Childress
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