Lukaszewski says his philosophy is:
- All problems are management problems before they are any other kind of problems;
- All management problems are leadership challenges;
- Leadership resides with those who can maintain more supporters than detractors;
- Staff functions exist and are funded by leadership to help leaders do their jobs better;
- Managers and leaders want to make decisions … often based on the advice they receive from trusted strategic advisors.
Lukaszewski says leaders want advisors to be candid, help them with what to do next, provide advice on the spot and provide options. He advises communication specialists to say things that matter, say things the boss doesn’t know and say things the boss needs to know. “You want your advice to be remembered.”
He says to get and keep the confidence of leaders, you need to be trustworthy; become a verbal visionary – “write or say less but make it more important” and it will be noticed; develop a management perspective – study leadership and trends in leadership; think strategically; be a person of tomorrow – “yesterday doesn’t matter, focus on what’s next”; advise constructively; and show the boss how to use your advice.
He says strategic thinking helps the boss achieve his/her goals; helps the organization achieve its goals; focuses on what matters; and provides and identifies options rather than end points. He defines strategy as “a unique mixture of mental energy verbally injected into an organization through communication ….”
Submitted by Type-Hi editor Kathy Tofflemire.