The Leading of Leaders -
Jeffrey Spahn and Kathleen Flanagan
Leading leaders requires competencies that are uncommon
among most managers and directors. Fortunately, there is a proven process
for greatly enhancing the quality of board conversations and decision
Conversations that Lead to Advancement
Kathleen M. Flanagan, MBA Class of 1982
When you begin a new position it can be difficult to start conversations that advance your career. Your assignments are very task oriented—even if demanding and significant—and there is little time available to discuss overall business strategy. Conversations may be limited to reporting to and getting input from your manager. Everyone else is immersed in their own priorities and deadlines, meetings are full of routine reports or debates, and most people just want to talk about what’s needed to get the work done, or what happened in last night’s biggame.