US LBM, the billion dollar plus distributor of building products moves fast. Their motto is “moving forward at the speed of us.”
So how does L.T. Gibson, US LBM’s transformative CEO, lead the organization so that it moves forward (fast) at the speed of its 4,000 associates? According to LT, leadership begins with the ability to paint a vision that people can understand and follow.
He believes in days past, a leader was a boss who would give lieutenants a well defined assignment and then nudge that lieutenant along the way … eventually leading to the answer the boss had already conceived. That command and control mentality was a bog of molasses slowing the organization to the point – where one day it wakes up and finds that others are speeding by.
At US LBM we paint the vision of where we want to go, and then we’ll let the 4000 people help us find a way to get there and find the path. L.T. Gibson
At U.S. LBM L.T. and his leadership team have created a leadership style that is built on a foundation where each of the 4,000 associates control their own destiny. And as such – the company moves forward at the speed of 4,000 associates committed to continuous improvement.
In his mind, command and control leadership is a relic of the past. And in this episode L.T. shares the critical success factors you’ll want to consider building into your leadership. process, system, and style.
In this 31 minute episode L.T. and I discuss:
- Why this moment in time is unique in calling for transformative leadership
- Why a forklift driver is viewed as one of the company’s best leaders (hint: There are ideas everywhere throughout the organization)
- The why, how, and what of embracing culture
- How L.T. allows for 4,000 associates finding the path that accomplishes the vision
- How leaders can move from tension to allowing freedom to control one’s own destiny
- How to “let go” and empower your people
- Why the typical command and control management structure no longer drives needed results
- How certain decision points set the overall trajectory
- The value of suggesting impossible ideas to your team
- Why a CEO would suggest a lumber yard with no inventory
The Show Notes
- L.T. Gibson
- U.S. LBM
- INNOVATE! How Successful Distributors Lead Change In Disruptive Times
- Dirk Beveridge Speaking
- UnleashWD Innovation Summit
Other Episodes In The 5 Part U.S. LBM Podcast Series
- Episode 1 – Setting Out To Change An Industry – The Power of Vision
- Episode 2 – Culture at the epicenter of change … and meaning at US LBM
- Episode 3 – Creating A Compelling Value Proposition – A Holistic Approach
- Episode 4 – The Secret Sauce (Really) For Creating A Relevant And Sustainable Business In The Age Of Disruption
* Links will be provided when each episode is published
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