If Wes Anderson ever conjures up a hipster mad scientist, he'll look a lot like Aaron Levie, the cofounder and CEO of an Internet company called Box. Levie's a mess of jangly nerves, topped by a wild mop of hair that he frets as he talks.
"YOU HAVE TO BUILD AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS CAPABLE OF ACTING LIKE A STARTUP BUT CAN OPERATE AT LARGE SCALE SIMULTANEOUSLY."
Business today is nothing if not as paradoxical. We require efficiency and openness, thrift and mind-blowing ambition, nimbleness and a workplace that fosters creativity. Organizational systems based on the Newtonian model are not equipped for these dualities.
Generation Flux leaders are the ones who will steer their companies, and modern business, toward more sophisticated models. In today's chaos, leadership is more critical than ever--but a different kind of leadership.
I think this article captures the leadership challenge very well. The reality is we are in new territory. What got us here won't (most likely) get us there (with homage to friend and author Emmanuel Gobillot). Leadership is about engaging people to rally around a compelling "Why", inspired by a shared Vision (that they have weighed in on), taking risks and using creativity to sense and respond to emerging needs in te market, and then shifting, pivoting, or tacking your way to the Vision as you go.
It is like changing an airplace engibe in mid-flight or building a bridge as you drive over it in the fog. It is about embracing the ambiguity.
It is much more about connect and collabroate than command and control, more of a network than a hierarchy, more human than mechanistic.