Seeking Alpha

Robin Trehan's  Instablog

Robin Trehan
Send Message
Robin Trehan has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Public Administration, a Master’s degree in International Business Finance and Marketing from ENPC School of International Management (France) and a Master’s degree in Electronic Commerce/Systems (E-business) from Grenoble Ecole De Management... More
  • Robin Trehan-As A Leader, See The Big Picture

    Robin Trehan-As a leader, see the big picture

    There are many managers who fall victim to what we will call myopic thinking. In essence, they lose sight of the forest for the trees. Or they lose sight of the beach for the sand. However, you may choose to describe it, it can prove to be catastrophic for the long term growth of an organization.

    This is what we consider to be the different between a manager and a leader. As the term implies, a manager obviously manages an organization. The manager steers the ship. Anybody can steer the ship. Charting the course; now that takes a leader. That describes one of the main defining differences between a manager and a leader. A leader has a vision. A leader knows how to cast a vision and take the ship into uncharted territory.

    But what we are talking about here goes a little bit further than just having a vision and throwing your resources at it. This is more than just steering your ship into unknown lands. No. What we are talking about here is not losing sight of where you want your ship to be 20 years from now just to beat this quarter's earning expectations. To be sure, short term targets are very important. We can think of these as the objectives that accumulate to advance you in achieving your ultimate goals. But a leader cannot allow him or herself to become so encompassed in hitting those short term benchmarks that they forget where those benchmarks were leading them to in the first place.

    Where do you see your organization going in the next 10-15 years? What kind of pivotal role do you plan on playing in reaching that destination? What are you implementing TODAY that is conducive to not only hitting this week's objectives but also bringing you a step closer to where you want to be in the next decade?

    Be results oriented. Be aware of the impact everything you do on a daily basis has on the big picture. Be aware of how you are contributing towards your long term goals. This is how you find a balance between attending to the day-to-day details on running a company and doing the necessary things to launch your company towards its goals for long term growth and success.

    Aug 25 7:39 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Robin Trehan- Why Criticism As A Leader Is Dangerous

    Why Criticism As A Leader is Dangerous-Robin Trehan

    If a study was done of leaders, it is likely that the most critical mistake that the majority of them make is criticizing their followers. Many managers even see it as their job to criticize their employees. By condemning their employees' mistakes and criticizing them for their faults, managers actually believe that they are benefitting the company and doing a service to the employee who is the target of the criticism.

    However, criticism and condemnation should be viewed by leaders as a poison. There is nothing that can cause more resentment among staff and wreak more havoc on the morale of a team than criticism and condemnation. Charles Schwab once said, "I have yet to find the person, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism... I am hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praise". Not only is that one of the most true statements ever asserted on the subject human relations, but it is astonishing and overwhelming how many leaders do not actually apply this truism in any aspect of their management!

    The difference in the reception by an employee of a criticism versus a compliment is so great, there is not a word to describe it. How much more inclined are you to accept somebody else's opinion or advice when it is given in a spirit of encouragement and approval as opposed to a spirit of criticism and condemnation?

    Many leaders do not realize the weight of their words. They do not realize the strong resentment that they will arouse among their followers by just a few pointed words. Many leaders will assert, what doesn't kill somebody makes them stronger. But why make somebody go through such an experience? As a leader, is it not our jobs to improve the quality of a life and not degenerate it to a state of self-consciousness and low self esteem? What service are we doing to our followers by lowering their self esteem in a world that is already difficult enough?

    Robin Trehan is management expert

    Aug 17 2:26 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Robin Trehan- Bringing Out The Best Potential In Employees

    Bringing Out The Best Potential In Employees

    One of the key functions of a leader is to bring out the absolute best in his employees. In Robert Cooper's book, The Other 90%, he explains that people are like lighthouses. Meaning, you have to let your inner light shine through. And even more importantly, you have to let others know that you see their light too. That last sentence could arguably contain the core essence of being a leader- the core essence of building a team that will follow you to the ends of the earth.

    There are so many people who go through life not knowing what their true purpose is. Perhaps the most powerful force motivating a human being is the desire to be great. A definite sense of purpose will instill in somebody a burning desire that will carry them through hardship and give them the strength to move mountains. As leaders, it is our job to bring this strength out in our followers and channel that drive towards a mutually beneficial goal. To do this, is leadership in its highest and best form.

    The leader who is able to see deep into their followers and have the discernment to ascertain their individual talents and skills and then exploit them to the benefit of their followers, will have the entire world with them.

    How grateful would you be to a mentor or a leader who was able to light the way for you and to show you your true definite purpose in life at a time when you may be experiencing uncertainty? I bet you would be very loyal to this person. Many leaders may quip that their followers should get this from family and loved ones and that this isn't their job. They may argue that it is a poor allocation of their time. But guess what? Most people do not get this from their home. And if you, as a leader, can be that person who does provide this feeling of greatness, how will this benefit your organization? How many ways will your organization benefit from motivating a team that will transcend all difficulties and obstacles and not stop until they reach their goals?

    Robin Trehan is management expert

    Aug 17 1:26 PM | Link | Comment!
Full index of posts »
Latest Followers


More »

Latest Comments

Instablogs are Seeking Alpha's free blogging platform customized for finance, with instant set up and exposure to millions of readers interested in the financial markets. Publish your own instablog in minutes.