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Leadership Traits – 10 Lessons Learned from Winemaking
The purpose made wine & leaders
Lesson 1: The tastes, aromas, and flavors of wine come from grapes, fermentation, maturation and agingDesign the structures and characteristics of the organization to achieve the overall vision and mission.
Lesson 2: Grapes require specific growing conditions , including number of days of sunlight, the angle of the sun, the average temperature, soil, rainfall, drainage, slope of the land, etc.Create the cultural synergy that makes teams productive. Provide teams with the skills and authority they need to be successful.
Help me grow and flourish, and I'll help the company grow and flourish - The Alliance (book)
Lesson 3: Wine is not made from the same kind of grape and grapes have different flavorsEmbrace diversity and nourish it to be the source of innovation and creativity.
People with different lifestyles and different backgrounds challenge each other more. Diversity creates dissent, and you need that. Without it, you’re not going to get any deep inquiry or breakthroughs - Paul Block
Lesson 4: Aromas in wine come from the the aromas of nearby plantsBuild strong cross-functional teams with focus on the whole product solution, e.g., technology, marketing, sales, operations, and globalization.
Lesson 5: Grapes are harvested when they reach the proper sugar/acid ratio for the style of wine the vinter wants to produceOnce we have defined our goals, celebrate victories. Celebrate project results and accomplishments with your team.
Lesson 6: Weather impacts quality and quantity of the wineLeadership is affected by external factors, including economic and political factors, regulatory bodies, disrupting technologies, etc. Be responsive to external factors and plan for them.
Lesson 7: Plan for adverse weather
|Adverse Weather||Frost||Reduced Yield||Wind Machines; Sprinkler|
Lesson 8: The fermentation process begins when the grapes are crushed and ends when sugar is converted to alcoholIt is important to define project lifecycle and understand the sequence of phases through which the project will evolve. Project lifecycle will help to define decision points, activities, monitoring and controlling points.
Lesson 9: There are no standards of taste in wine
There are no standards of taste in wine... Each man's own taste is the standard, and a majority vote cannot decide for him or in any slightest degree affect the supremacy of his own standard -Mark TwainEvery leader has his own change signature. It develops slowly based on experience and skills. It represents who we are as leaders.