Let Go to Move Forward

Thought leader Guy Kawasaki has recently written an excellent review of Scott Eblin’s new book, The Next Level: What Insiders Know about Executive Success in his blog on OpenForum.  He feels Eblin’s message is an important one: Executive leaders can’t just keep picking up new ideas, strategies, and action plans without letting go of those things that no longer work or are holding them back. Failing to let the right things go can lead to sluggishness or paralysis in action-taking or decision-making. Elbin maintains this is because jettisoning long-held assumptions usually involves throwing out pieces of our self-image too. These are not new concepts, certainly, but they get a fresh perspective from Eblin’s work with hundreds of executives.

Read the review yourself, but among the things that Eblin suggests we should let go are: Self-Doubt, Running Flat-Out, One Size Fits All Communication, Self Reliance, Micro Management, Sole Responsibility, and Myopia. Some of these will undoubtedly resonate with you or with some of your coaching clients.

I’m adding The Next Level: What Insiders Know about Executive Success to my “To-Read” list (as well as Guy Kawasaki’s book to be released 3/8/11: Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions. Don’t you just love that title?)

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5 Responses to “Let Go to Move Forward”

  1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Kawasaki’s upcoming book, Enchantment, makes me think of AvoLead’s concept of “Delighters.” Sounds like what we strive to be about, all the time.

  2. Absolutely, Bonnie…it’s gratifying to find affirmation of AvoLead’s core philosophy by the likes of Guy Kawasaki, whose thinking I respect greatly. What AvoLead embraces is not only important, it’s globe-changing in its potential impact. I’m so proud to be even a small part of it.

  3. Your title: “Let Go To Move Forward” stopped me in my tracks as I was cruising through the website! It’s like the trapeeze artist: you can’t take a leap until you release the grip. Points of safety and familiarity, habits, strengths, bits of who I am can keep me swinging when I might be flying. Not all leaps are well considered…but, am I missing some that might be overdue? Haven’t considered that enough lately. Thank you for a moment of refreshed perspective!

  4. What a great analogy, Beth! And your list of things that can keep us swinging instead of flying is right on for many, myself included. Thanks for expanding my thinking about this.

  5. I’ve just read an interesting book review of REFLECTIONS ON LEADERSHIP AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT, by Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries (reviewed by Walter Keichel III for strategy+business, http://www.strategy-business.com) that speaks to the issue of Letting Go. “The author’s thoughts on retirement are in themselves worth a few long walks on the beach: “It has often been said that as we grow old, we have to give up certain things. I prefer to reframe the statement and say we grow old if we fail to give up certain things.”

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