In episode 117 of “The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast,” JoDee and Susan discuss strategic leadership with author, speaker, and executive coach Val Grubb.
Val starts off by explaining the difference between tactical thinking and strategic leadership. Tactical thinking is about the list of tasks, while strategic thinking is intentional long-term thinking. This isn’t just for the C-suite – you can be strategic from any seat in the organization.
Being forward-thinking, anticipating change, and looking for opportunities are the key elements of strategic leadership. It’s also crucial to be able to prioritize your time, because being busy is not necessarily being effective. Seize control of your schedule, focus on the critical projects, and don’t get caught up in your email…because you’ll never get through all of it.
Val shares her strategic leadership advice for people who are new to an organization – think about what you’re focusing your time and energy on, how you’re helping move the company forward, and how you can do things more efficiently. You also need to manage up; think about how to get your boss excited about what you’re doing in a way that is not threatening.
In this episode’s listener mail, a listener asks about best practices for covering the workload of a colleague who’s on FMLA. In the news, the OFCCP will likely have a renewed focus on wage and hour data and pay discrepancies among federal contractors.
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