November 2015


The New Vision Quest for Tech Leaders

Are you leading or supporting technological change in your company? If so, then you know that your success is directly tied to transformational outcomes. In this month's Bulletin our team shares information central to learning about leadership characteristics, behaviors, and skills that can help you guide people along the journey to becoming a digital business.


Vision Starts with Doing the Right Thing

It is essential for leaders to set an aspirational vision for the company and a clear digital vision for how technology should strategically usher it in. This responsibility can be made easier by first asking the question, "What is the right thing to do?" Not the most profitable thing. Not the least complicated thing. The right thing. The answer to that question is the beginning of a great vision


Tips: The 6 Characteristics and Behaviors of Successful Digital Leaders

Setting an inspiring but tenable vision and a creative digital strategy that employees wholeheartedly support--these things don't happen on their own or in a vacuum. They come about as a result of great leadership.

Whether you see yourself as tech-savvy and business-minded , or business-savvy and tech-minded, there are some shared characteristics and behaviors that we at Sappington see among respected leaders accountable for setting a company's vision.

  • Curiosity
  • Empathy
  • Customer-centricity
  • Authenticity
  • End-to-end connectivity
  • Balance

Must Read Book: Return on Character

After seven years of rigorous research based on a landmark study of observations from more than 100 CEOs and over 8,000 of their employees, Fred Kiel's findings presented in Return on Character show that leaders of strong character achieved up to five times the return for their organizations as did leaders of weak character.


"Great leaders state out loud what they intend to do and in doing so, they get things done."

- Simon Sinek


Thought Leadership: Expert Points of View

Last month in the Bulletin we profiled resources about digital business. This month our expert links add to the discussion about leadership actions and thought processes.


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