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A Series of Tsunamis are Underway: Leaders Must Learn How to Surf the Waves

A Series of Tsunamis are Underway: Leaders Must Learn How to Surf the Waves | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it
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About LeadershipABC

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The purpose of this site - LeadershipABC - is to help leaders rethink, redefine, and reshape their organizations and themselves to meet the challenges of the future.


I collect stories on leadership/management, that I find useful, educational, and inspirational to others. 

 

It is no longer a futuristic vision to talk about a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment. It is the reality that most leaders face every day. 

The way we work is fundamentally under pressure and it is evident that leaders must develop new responses and capabilities to navigate in the world and stay relevant. 

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I believe that knowledge is everything. Knowledge is ideas. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is hope. 

But only if it is shared and applied.


That is why I created LeadershipABC on Scoop.it. My personal aim is to provide you with stories you can learn and grow from. The kind of stories that provokes personal reflection and constructive action. 

I'm co-founder of Future Associates, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.


You're welcome to connect via: 

 

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I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

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How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change—help the individual identify and change the behaviors that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviors associated with, effective leadership.  But what about the beliefs and values that drive behavior? 


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Executive coaching and leadership development programs rarely include much, if anything, about the power of clarifying one’s philosophical world-view. But there is mounting evidence that they should.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 19, 5:17 PM

Several contemporary educational i.e. Gert Biesta writers express concern about a Platonic approach to education and Socratic circles. Aristotle's work is much more compatible focusing on phronesis. Gadamer felt we needed to rethink the role of praxis which was downplayed in Plato's work. It is the blending of them that makes them function well.

 

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The Transparency Trap

The Transparency Trap | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

“Transparency” is a watchword in management these days, and it’s easy to understand why. After all, if people conduct their work in plain view, won’t they be more open and accountable? Won’t they flag and fix problems more easily, and share information and their good ideas more freely?

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Is there a dark side to working out loud?


As social media platforms, wearable devices, and other tools for transparency become more advanced, our sense of being “onstage” is growing. And so, in keeping with the sociologist Erving Goffman’s insights about interpersonal behavior, we spend more time acting, trying to control others’ impressions and avoid embarrassment—particularly at work. We cater to our audience, doing what’s expected.


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The Digital Tipping Point

The Digital Tipping Point | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Organizations’ efforts to go digital - and drive growth through digitization - are picking up steam. But many have more work to do before they can scale their efforts and see material impact. 

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When it comes to digital initiatives, the board of directors seems to be lagging. The vast majority of survey respondents indicated that their company’s board not only wasn’t directly engaged in digital projects, but was not even a supportive sponsor.


Perhaps most troubling, board support for digital projects has barely budged in the last three years, unlike support from senior executives which has grown meaningfully.

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First Know Yourself, Then Your Team

First Know Yourself, Then Your Team | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Effective leaders are those who meet the needs of their followers; pay careful attention to group processes; are able to calm anxieties and arouse hopes and know how to liberate and inspire people to positive action. To create or manage an effective organisation we need to understand the complexity of why leaders and followers act the way they do and accept that people are not one dimensional entities but intricate beings with rich and myriad motivational drivers and decision-making patterns.

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Understanding how an organisation works is not enough. To be truly effective, a leader must understand the unconscious motivations of people around them.

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To Be Interesting - You Need To Be Interested

To Be Interesting - You Need To Be Interested | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

In these head-spinning times, even more so than when John Gardner offered his timeless advice, the challenge for leaders is not to out-hustle, out-muscle, or out-maneuver the competition. It is toout-think the competition in ways big and small, to develop a unique point of view about the future and get there before anyone else does.


It takes a real sense of personal commitment, especially after you’ve arrived at a position of power and responsibility, to push yourself to grow and challenge conventional wisdom. Which is why two of the most important questions leaders face are as simple as they are profound: Are you learning, as an organization and as an individual, as fast as the world is changing? Are you as determined to stay interested as to be interesting?

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:


To be interesting you need to be interested. 


Being an influential leader draws on an openness to being influenced. And the best way to be interesting is to be interested. Someone who finds excitement in what they can learn from others and show a genuine interest. Leaders that listen to other people’s stories and then draws them into an activity connected to that story are often considered being interesting, likeable and trustworthy.

 

To be worth following, leaders will need to work primarily on the contribution they make, rather than the direction they give to others. This requires them to develop enough executive maturity to be able to see participation as an opportunity to create value rather than a threat to their existence.

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What VUCA Really Means for You, Getting Prepared and Agile with It

What VUCA Really Means for You, Getting Prepared and Agile with It | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

VUCA, short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, and a catchall for “Hey, it’s crazy out there!”    It’s also misleading: VUCA conflates four distinct types of challenges that demand four distinct types of responses. That makes it difficult to know how to approach a challenging situation and easy to use VUCA as a crutch, a way to throw off the hard work of strategy and planning—after all, you can’t prepare for a VUCA world, right?
 

Actually, you can. Here is a guide to identifying, getting ready for, and responding to events in each of the four VUCA categories.

Authors:  Nathan Bennett and G. James Lemoine

Related posts by Deb:

      

   


 


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

The world of work is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. As a result it is time to view surprises as the new normal and steady state as the exception. The difference over the past decade is the increasing speed at which leaders need to address multiple challenges, often at the same time.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 1, 7:52 AM

VUCA is a term from the military, put into popular use by futurist Bob Johansen in 2010, as mentioned in his book, now in a its second edition,  Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World.  The quadrant model depicted, by authors  is handy for thinking through what you can learn and do to be fully prepared and agile enough for this VUCA world.  ~  Deb

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Human Leadership: Servant, Appreciative, WE-Centric, and Tribal Leadership

Human Leadership: Servant, Appreciative, WE-Centric, and Tribal Leadership | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Servant, Appreciative, WE-Centric, and Tribal Leadership are four very practical leadership models focused on Organizational Health.


While each model contributes a unique worldview regarding human nature, they share various overlapping aspects concerning Human Leadership.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Superb background information on Servant, Appreciative, WE-Centric, and Tribal Leadership by Si Alhir.


A recommended read. 


You can follow Si on Twitter here

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 31, 2:14 AM

Human Leardership: Servant, Aprreciative

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 31, 12:41 PM

Actually, I understand nothing from the post but the diagram has enchanted me...:-))) surely the problem must be with me because who can find out such an amazing diagram, surely knows other things as well... I still am not on that level but love the diagram...:-)))

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Leadership in Social Enterprise

Leaders of social enterprises face manifold challenges: many leaders do not have a formal business education and were driven by the passion to solve a social cause. Their intrinsic motivation comes first and economic reasons rank low. But business procedures need to be implemented, teams built and money earned to run a social enterprise successfully. To support them, this manual sets out to answer the following question: What are the key challenges for social entrepreneurs when it comes to leadership?

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 24, 4:09 AM

Leaders of Social Enterprise

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The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders

The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Great leaders should be bombastic, omniscient, controlling and possessed of the easy confidence that their decisions are right.


People want certainty, they need authority.


Or do they?


New research published in Administrative Science Quarterly once again finds that it’s humility which can produce the best performance from an organisation.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

The finding comes from interviews with CEOs of 63 Chinese companies and around 1,000 of their employees.


They found that CEOs who were humble were more likely to empower the top management team, which in turn enabled the management team to be better integrated.

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How Google Has Changed Management, 10 Years After its IPO

How Google Has Changed Management, 10 Years After its IPO | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Google went public 10 years ago today, and since then has dramatically changed the way the world accesses information. It has also helped shape the practice of management. Staying true to its roots as an engineering-centric company, Google has stood out both for its early skepticism of the value of managers as well as for its novel, often quantitative approaches to management decisions. Along the way it became famous for its reliance on exceedingly difficult interview questions — later abandoned — and its “20% time” policy — reportedly on its way out.


In honor of the company’s milestone, here’s a reading list of some of the best things Harvard Business Review has published on the company since its founding in 1998.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Excellent overview of the best Harvard Business Review articles on Google.

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Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Human beings are profoundly social — we are hardwired to connect to one another and to want to work together. Frankly, we would never have survived as a species without our instinctive desire to live and work in groups, because physically we are just not strong or scary enough.


Tons of research has documented how important being social is to us. 


Theoretically, the modern workplace should be bursting with relatedness. Not unlike our hunter-gatherer ancestors, most of us are on teams. And teams ought to be a bountiful source of “relatedness” rewards.


But here’s the irony: While we may have team goals and team meetings and be judged according to our team performance, very few of us actually do our work in teams.


Blog post by Heidi Grant Halvorsen on HBR. 


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What we need is a way to give employees the feeling of working as a team, even when they technically aren’t. And thanks to new research by Priyanka Carr and Greg Walton of Stanford University, we now know one powerful way to do this: simply saying the word “together.”

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The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk”

The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk” | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

One of the most ubiquitous aphorisms in business is that the best leaders understand the need to “walk the talk” — that is, their behavior and day-to-day actions have to match the aspirations they have for their colleagues and organization.


But the more time I spend with game-changing innovators and high-performing companies, the more I appreciate the need for leaders to “talk the walk” — that is, to be able to explain, in language that is unique to their field and compelling to their colleagues and customers, why what they do matters and how they expect to win.


The only sustainable form of business leadership is thought leadership. And leaders that think differently about their business invariably talk about it differently as well.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

A fine HBR blog post by Bill Taylor. You can follow him on Twitter here: @practicallyrad.

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Tony Adams's curator insight, August 10, 10:21 PM

Very thought provoking.  We often talk about "walking the talk" but in this article, the focus is very much on leaders "talking the walk" - explaining "in language that is unique to their field and compelling to their colleagues and customers, why what they do matters and how they expect to win". 

 

I like the idea that thinking differently about the way we approach our business leads us to talk differently about it as well - Thought Leadership as a catalyst for helping people see and understand our business in a different way.

 

A really interesting post.

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Is Integrity the Secret to Great Leadership?

Is Integrity the Secret to Great Leadership? | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

The actions of a business are its value statement. Actions speak volumes about what really matters most – not what should matter, not what we wish mattered, but what really does matter to us. They swamp mission statements, speeches or memos, and they eclipse intentions.


Having the kind of integrity that leaves no room between what we say and what we do is really hard work. It’s much easier to follow the words of JR Ewing of the TV series Dallas, who said: “Once you lose your integrity, everything’s easy. Lots of people have chosen this path. Others find it to be too much work to align their decisions and actions with what they claim as priorities.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Many are simply out of touch, preferring to believe that their intentions – rather than their actions – are their priorities. This is because intentions usually sound better and are loftier; and unfortunately, when we take a hard look at our actions, we may not like what we see.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, September 19, 10:21 PM

From the article:

If you’re leading a team or a company, if you’re part of a family or teaching a class, your only lasting message will be what you do, not what you say.

Chris Shern's curator insight, Today, 4:21 AM

It all basically starts with how you lead yourself and how you choose to lead your life.

 

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The Values of “Insightfully Aware” Leaders

The Values of “Insightfully Aware” Leaders | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

The ability to identify and communicate values is critical to self-awareness and leadership development.

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Values exploration holds an important place in any leadership development initiative, be that coaching, leadership training, executive education courses, or reflection activities. 


Once armed with deep knowledge of who they are, and what they can be, a transformative blueprint for effective personal leadership and development can be created and implemented

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In work and life, self-aware leaders make tough decisions that will be guided by core values.



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Why Managers Still Matter

Why Managers Still Matter | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

In today’s knowledge-based economy, managerial authority is supposedly in decline. But there is still a strong need for someone to define and implement the organizational rules of the game.



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Managerial authority is essential when decisions are time-sensitive, knowledge is concentrated and decisions need to be coordinated.

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Hey CEOs, Social Media is Watching You

Hey CEOs, Social Media is Watching You | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Everyone messes up from time to time. But these days, the ever-vigilant public can call even the rich and powerful to account.

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Maintaining privacy as a leader is harder than ever with smartphones present on every street corner and 24/7 publication channels like Twitter and YouTube. In this day and age followers feel entitled to pry into their leaders’ private lives - and to hold them accountable for what they do. As the culture changes and technology along with it, followers today are familiar with the flaws of leaders, with the foibles of leaders, as they never were before. Chief executives’ every move is scrutinized, analyzed and criticized not only what they do in the present, but also what they did in the past. 


Barbara Kellerman wrote about the fundamental shift in leadership/followership causes by social media in her book: "The End of Leadership."  


You can watch a video with Barbara talking about the book here

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Capitalism's Future Is Already Here

Capitalism's Future Is Already Here | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

A new era is emerging.


Harking back to Peter Drucker’s insistence in 1973 that “there is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer,” Roger Martin has declared that we are finally entering “the age of customer capitalism.”  If firms serve customers well, Martin asserts, benefits for shareholders and the community follow. Customers as stakeholders become the new center of the capitalist universe and its new gospel.


The shift in goal entails a transformation in management practices from those of hierarchical bureaucracy, including a shift from controlling individuals to enabling teams, networks, and ecosystems; a shift in the way work is coordinated from rules, plans, and reports to agile processes and dynamic linking; a shift from the values of efficiency and predictability to those of continuous improvement and transparency; and a shift from one-way, top-down communications to interactive conversations. These shifts are not just a grab-bag of unconnected management gadgets. They constitute a coherent constellation of leadership and management practices, as described by more than a score of books.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

This post is part of a series of perspectives by leading thinkers participating in the Sixth Annual Global Drucker Forum, November 13-14, 2014 in Vienna. For more information, see the conference homepage.

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The Shifts and the Shocks

The Shifts and the Shocks | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Martin Wolf is an influential commentator. His weekly column in the Financial Times is required reading for the international financial elite. Paul Krugman of the New York Times may be the darling of the left and the Wall Street Journal editorial page the bible of many on the right, but inside finance ministries few are cited as often as Mr Wolf.


He likes to admonish policymakers. As a centrist who favours free trade and free markets, though, he does so from within the mainstream.


That makes his latest book striking. "The Shifts and the Shocks" is a fierce indictment of the global economy and a call for radical reform.



Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Wolf asks if we are now on a sustainable course when it comes to finance, and concludes that we are not, arguing further crises in the future seem like a certainty.


Read also Joseph Stiglitz's review of ‘The Shifts and the Shocks’ in Financial Times here


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A Framework for Understanding VUCA

A Framework for Understanding VUCA | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Executives have taken to using the military acronym VUCA–Voltility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity–to describe the world in which they operate and to ask that question: In a VUCA world, what’s the point of strategy?


Strategy does still have a purpose, but building one in a VUCA environment requires more nuanced thinking. And treating those four traits as a single idea leads to poorer decision making. Watch and listen as Nathan Bennett provides a framework, first featured in an HBR article, for how you should deal with a world that includes V, and U, and C, and A.




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How to build strategy in a world that's volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.

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Can Overthinking Reduce a Leader's Influence?

Can Overthinking Reduce a Leader's Influence? | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

We've all seen this: The CEO who acts instinctively, sometimes with terrible results, keeps his or her job and even develops a loyal following. Meanwhile, the thinker in the executive suite who consistently offers the right, deliberated answer rarely gets a promotion.



Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Researchers at Stanford GSB set out to answer the question of whether we sometimes penalize thoughtfulness — not in ourselves, but when we see it in others.


View the Research Paper here: 

Thought Calibration: How Thinking Just the Right Amount Increases One’s Influence and Appeal


Social Psychological and Personality Science, April 2014.


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 25, 12:35 AM

Well, rest the common sense of the right balance... all attempts to break into actionable pieces what is in the very actual situation is impossible are futile... sometimes intuition is better than too much thinking and sometimes intuition puts things astray...it's a bit mote complicated than "less thinking & moreintuition"" (see books like "Think twice",  "Think again" or Kahneman's...)...

 

Of course and it' an interesting aspect that the  staff is how influenced by how the decision is made... decisions might be powerful  and  with full of confidence made by either by more thinking by more by intuition, the essence is the  congruity, the authenticity of those making it and the transparence of the process...

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, August 25, 1:54 AM

I guess it is time we realised that overthinking and overanalyzing do not give good returns after all! The ideal CEO is a person who can handle various tasks without getting bogged down by a single task due to over thinking. However, there are many of us who become obsessed with somehow getting to the rooot of a particular problem without realising that we are neglecting other tasks!

Dan Forbes's curator insight, August 25, 4:46 AM

Let me think about this....

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12 TED Talks on how to be a great leader

12 TED Talks on how to be a great leader | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

What makes a great leader? The ability to rule with an iron fist? Being well-liked? These TED speakers offer nuanced takes on how to inspire others to follow you.

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Great Leadership Isn’t About You

Great Leadership Isn’t About You | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

The most effective form of leadership is supportive. It is collaborative. It is never assigning a task, role or function to another that we ourselves would not be willing to perform. For all practical purposes, leading well is as simple as remembering to remain others-centered instead of self-centered.

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I strongly encourage you to read this great blog post by @John Michel.


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Being of Service: The Bridge to Meaning and Mission

Being of Service: The Bridge to Meaning and Mission | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Being of service means becoming bigger than our normal selves and turning our focus to others - and it works the same way in business.


Value creation is the essence of business. Value is what attracts and retains customers and employees. It’s also what attracts and maintains relationships with investors, suppliers, distributors and other stakeholders who are critical to the firm’s success over time. A business that does not create value will eventually fail.

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Excellent blog post by Gideon Rosenblatt.

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5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change

5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

Leadership and management are two distinctly different but complimentary skill sets that all companies need. Leaders make sure the organization is doing the right things, while managers make sure they do those things right. Leadership is about coping with change while management is about coping with complex issues. Both are qualities that can be learned and both require constant focus on improvement. Especially when the organization is facing potential adaptive challenges.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Five key steps for leading an organization that faces adaptive challenges.

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Josie Gibson's curator insight, August 12, 3:20 PM

Thanks to @LeadershipABC for highlighting this article.

Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, August 12, 8:25 PM

These five steps may seem very simple but they are often taken for granted. To give direction a leader must take ownership and have a vision. Managing conflict and providing protection are often not pleasant and require great maturity from leaders. Shaping the norms and clarifying roles is often not given a very high priority as it involves intangible people skills.

 

Read more scoops on change and leadership here: http://www.scoop.it/t/on-leaders-and-managers/?tag=Change

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Jay Roth's curator insight, August 17, 1:33 PM

Perfect article to suggest (in schools) WHY the trainings of Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, and Polarity Thinking is necessary!

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Schumpeter: Decluttering the company

Schumpeter: Decluttering the company | LeadershipABC | Scoop.it

PETER DRUCKER once observed that, “Much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.” Nine years after the management guru’s death, his remark is truer than ever: employees often have to negotiate a mass of clutter—from bulging inboxes to endless meetings and long lists of objectives to box-tick—before they can focus on their real work. For the past 50 years manufacturers have battled successfully to streamline their factory floors and make them “lean”.


Today, businesses of all types need to do the same in their offices.

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Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, August 3, 3:57 AM

Organisations are filled with 'clutter'. From tiers of management, to increasingly complex corporate objectives, meetings and emails. Clutter takes a toll on morale and productivity. Organisations must set time aside to 'spring clean' the clutter - when will you do yours?

Michael Binzer's curator insight, August 4, 12:36 AM

So true. Too much cluttering - how can we remove it? Read XL R8 by John Kotter. One option?

Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 4, 10:57 PM

There is a lot of decluttering to do in most organisations.