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For the better part of the past five years, a top priority for George Warrington and his New Jersey Transit management team has been to advance work on the years-in-the-making, $7.5 billion Access to the Region’s Core project, as Associate Editor Angela Cotey reports in this month’s cover story. Now, one of the agency’s top priorities is replacing Warrington, who’ll step down as executive director at month’s end.
But replenishing the leadership talent pool doesn’t start with filling the top job. Organizations need leaders at all levels, and nobody recognizes it more acutely than the team at Canadian National Railway Co. Their multi-pronged approach includes “Hunter Camps,” two-and-a-half-day sessions during which President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison imparts his “how we do what we do & why” message to employees who’ve been identified as leadership candidates ("Postcard from Hunter Camp").
Helping Harrison hammer home the message is CN Senior Vice President-People Les Dakens, who details the ABC (Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence) Model of managing performance.
“One of the most powerful tools you have as a leader is knowing how to influence behavior,” Dakens said during a camp held Dec. 4-6, 2006, in West Palm Beach, Fla. “The goal is to take your game up a little bit higher.”To notch it up a rung or two, Dakens offered up his top 10 ABC application tips:
They’ll also be doing their part to help lead the organization to the next level.