From Burning Platform to Burning Ambition: How Leaders Sustain Change

Leaders must shift from the proverbial burning platform to a burning ambition, and get underneath organizational reasons for change to make the journey personal.

There are thousands of books presenting dozens of lists on the attributes of great leaders. If I’m an ordinary human being, how do I actually become one of the great leaders I read about in these books? In other words, what is the pathway to greatness?

Here’s what Dr. Peter Fuda, founder and principal of The Alignment Group, learned: leadership effectiveness is not a matter of intention; it’s a matter of impact.

After five years of intense research, and twelve years of practice, Fuda has come to understand the limitations of the burning platform. Yes, some urgency can help motivate leaders to commence a journey of transformation, but it is not what enables them to sustain their journeys over time. What he found is that aspiration is a far more important motivator; sustainable change requires the fire of a burning ambition.

Download his five provocations to help you shift from burning platform to burning ambition here.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Fuda

Dr. Peter Fuda is founder and principal of The Alignment Partnership (TAP) and adjunct professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). As a management consultant, Peter and his team at TAP have created some 30 published case studies of business transformation, and more than 500 individual case studies of leadership transformation in blue chip organizations around the world. As a leadership coach, Peter has enabled more than 200 CEOs to measurably increase their leadership effectiveness and performance. As a thought leader, Peter’s research and approaches to transformation have been published on five continents. You can connect with Peter at peterfuda.com.

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What happens when u dont have a meeting place any more. And u was forced out because the buliding wasnt available any more.
 
— Debra
 
If someone wants entertainment they're going to the wrong place. Church is not a place for entertainment...or in my opinion a barrage of coffee and donuts. Why are churches today bringing the world INTO them? Then there's the thing with children...age appropriate??? These little guys can pick stuff up in service. Besides Jesus said Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Mt. 19:14.
 
— Laurie
 
I love the intentionality here as well as the challenge to look at the data. That's missing so many times. I would like to offer a contrarian's take. Church members and regular attenders have so many ways to get information: Announcements, bulletins, social channels, relationships, and email being among the options. But brand new people are likely going to check out the website and that's it. It might be wiser for churches with limited time and resources to focus their website almost exclusively to guests. This group of people isn't looking for a calendar of events but wants to know about regular programs. They probably aren't interested in watching all of the messages but instead may want to preview one of the services. For the times we need church members to go to websites (sign up for camp, join a group, etc), we're probably better off designing and promoting a specific page rather than cluttering up the homepage.
 
— Michael Lukaszewski (@mlukaszewski)
 

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