Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"How Leadership, Loyalty, and Transparency Fuel Growth" by Sir Terry Leahy, CEO of Tesco.

 Twenty years ago, Tesco was a distant third in the UK market, but after focused execution they are now clear leaders in not only the UK but also across the globe. As a driving factor behind the growth, Sir Terry related Ten Management Lessons from the experience.
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  1. Find the Truth -- Talk to your customers and listen to their advice.
  2. Audacious Goals -- You'll be surprised what a motivated team can accomplish.
  3. Vision, Value, and Culture -- These are more important than strategy and should emanate from employees.
  4. Follow the Customer -- Watch customers carefully and be ready for change at a moment's notice.
  5. Steering Wheel (balanced scorecard) -- Link the big goals to the smaller goals.
  6. People, Process, Systems -- These must be viewed together, not in isolation.
  7. Lean Thinking -- You can make things better and cheaper.
  8. Competition is Good -- Learn from them before they learn from you.
  9. Simple Beats Complex -- Over-engineering solutions leads to increased costs.
  10. Leadership -- Takes you further than you could go alone.

Sir Terry admits none of these ideas are new, but few companies have the discipline to follow them all like Tesco.


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Ronald said...

Good reminders, interesting read.

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