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Nemetics, based on the science of complexity, is a process to understand, model and resolve 'wicked problems' by leveraging authentic constraints in various fields like engineering, social and economic movements & transformations, architecture, design of arrival cities and entrepreneurship to name a few. In order to do so Nemetics has developed a neutral language that can be fluently applied across various disciplines and subjects. The primary tool that it uses is designed on vibration and waves, vibrating strings, tubes and fields characterized by frequencies and amplitudes, which are then expressed and modeled in probabilistic terms to resolve 'wicked issues and problems' through co-created re-design.
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9 qualities to Build an Agile Leader's Toolkit - Adapt to Sustain

9 qualities to Build an Agile Leader's Toolkit - Adapt to Sustain | Nemetics |

"Nine (9) agile leader qualities are listed and explained as a leader / culture toolkit for sustainable leadership practices as well as a checklist."


Along with Drucker's "there's no such thing as leadership" article that is getting some attention, this list is also useful for followers, staffers and for examining culture and values.  In my own experience with leader competencies, flexibility and adaptability is key to being ABLE to change, the core of sustainability. ~ Deb




Elaine Rumboll suggests:


Adaptability Back Up Curiosity Diversity Ease of Access Foresight Grace in Failure Hubs Inclusiveness


The first in the list, Adaptability (Flexibility) is defined to:


be ready to change our plans when they are not working the way we expected create alternatives to be ready to change course mid direction build a healthy robustness around how we are going to react [let go of] things remaining stable


Read the full article here.


Read further on in this newletter about dealing with a VUCA world, once that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous

Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
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There is no such thing as leadership – Peter Drucker classic, Change Leadership?

There is no such thing as leadership – Peter Drucker classic, Change Leadership? | Nemetics |

Wes Balda has written a compelling piece on Peter Drucker and our overwrought attention to defining leadership, which is timely, seeing the new Pew report on negative media and presidental election coverage.



At lunch one day, [Wes] asked Peter to define leadership. He snorted in response, “There is no such thing as leadership.”


WB: He defended this by claiming it couldn’t be defined. He stressed that leaders were only labeled thus because they had followers.


PD: “At best, leadership may be a dimension of management,” he said, “and leaders could be identified because their actions were predictable, or perhaps trustworthy.”


Leading could be how we manage, or make knowledge effective through relationships, in powerless environments.



WB: ...Max DePree identified an important concept – the absence of power. Leading could be how we manage, or make knowledge effective through relationships, in powerless environments.

Results are achieved around or beyond the use of power. “Leading without power” may be the only way leadership works. By definition, then, using power in leading is not leading at all.


DN:  Perhaps it's just coercion, or intimidation.  From another article excerpted here, from Forbes, note the diagrammed split of leadership and management tools and the placement of "power tools."

WB:  So, when Drucker says leaders are only defined by the presence of followers, I believe he means that these followers first exist – and that they are absolutely free from all constraints in choosing to follow.

A well known video on being the first follower helps illustrate this point.


Power is absent, and the decision to follow creates the ultimate democracy. (Drucker, incidentally, was even more focused on civil society after Sept. 11, 2001.)

Read the full article here.


Photo credit:  by Jeff McNeill, CC


More about resources for leaders via Deb is here:
Planning & Strategy Retreats
Presentation Videos - Change Results
Deb's mothership: The REVELN website

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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 6, 2012 9:28 AM
In any organization, there will always be leaders and followers. It is true that many people hate the fact that they are just simple followers, the main reason why they often time make nasty comments about these leaders.But, despite all these negative comments, a true leader should never be onion-skinned, and should stand firm on what he believes is right and advantageous for the majority, regardless of any negative opinions.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, September 10, 2012 9:54 AM
@Victoria, thanks for your comment. It is true that "leaders" must have thick skins. Drucker's point, I believe, is that followers define the leaders, and that leaders may, in many, even most cases be an artifact of management, rather than the magical status we've given them over the years.

Indeed, where would Gandi, Nelson Mandela, Washington and Lincoln be without their first followers and the followings that emerged to turn the tides of public opinion to make significant changes in our histories.

It's a provocative article and I'm glad that people are rescooping it. ~ Deb
Erika Holthuizen's comment, September 25, 2012 9:58 PM
golden truth