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You Can Lead, But Are You a Good Follower?

You Can Lead, But Are You a Good Follower? | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it

aeration calls for leading ship and floowiership….are you a good leader or a great leader?What does it mean to be a good follower? How you can lead from behind?

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Cooperation calls for Leadingship and Followership, so are you a good leader or a great leader ?

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Ten tips for leading companies out of crisis | McKinsey & Company

Ten tips for leading companies out of crisis | McKinsey & Company | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
Even good managers can miss the early signs of distress, says McKinsey’s Doug Yakola, who’s been running recovery programs for 20 years. The first step is to acknowledge there’s a problem. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Rare among them is the executive who stepped back to review his or her own plans objectively, asking “Is this what I thought would happen when I first started going down this road?….a question asked to seldom

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Diversify Corporate America | TIME

Diversify Corporate America | TIME | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it

I wouldn’t have thought my gender affected the decisions I made on Wall Street—until I got fired

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There is money in being diversity orientated

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Study: Millennials Deeply Confused About Their Politics, Finances, and Culture

Study: Millennials Deeply Confused About Their Politics, Finances, and Culture | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
Or at least deeply contradictory: They're always connected but distrustful. They're selfish yet accepting of minorities. They're "independents" who mostly vote Democratic and love Obama while hating Obamacare.
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The unbreakable strength of the millennials is their faith in the future.

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How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love

How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
"Life really begins when you have discovered that you can do anything you want."

"There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does no
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Does negative perception necessarily mean that the activity is negative…or should we change perception and reap the benefits of the brave new world ?

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A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity by John Clippinger - Powell's Books

A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity by John Clippinger - Powell's Books | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
A Crowd of One by John Clippinger: Great leaps forward in scientific understanding have, throughout history, engendered similar leaps forward in how we understand ourselves. Now, the new hybrid disciplines of evolutionary biology and social physics are making the next leap possible—and fundamentally altering our notions of individual identity. If identity...
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Enlightenment 2.0 on how digitalization and social media are not just revolutionary, but evolutionary….compelling.

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Media's Influence on Social Norms and Identity Development of Youth - Applied Social Psychology

Media's Influence on Social Norms and Identity Development of Youth - Applied Social Psychology | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
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The influence of social media in identity formation leading to an evolution of reality

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Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
A library of cross-disciplinary interestingness and combinatorial creativity
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Trust as part of doing business, the university of Bergen have a study out on the financial aspects of this, a must read. 

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The Death Of Expertise

The Death Of Expertise | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
To reject the notion of expertise, and to replace it with a sanctimonious insistence that every person has a right to his or her own opinion, is silly.
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Are we being fair to the experts and do we actually listen?

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C. S. Lewis’s Advice to Children on Duty and the Three Kinds of Things Anyone Need Ever Do

C. S. Lewis’s Advice to Children on Duty and the Three Kinds of Things Anyone Need Ever Do | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
"Most of us need the crutch at times; but of course it's idiotic to use the crutch when our own legs can do the journey on their own!"

As
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One of the qualities we might have missed in our KPIs reminded to us.....A perfect man wd. never act from a sense of duty; he’d always want the right thing more than the wrong one

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Brand Thinking: Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, and Other Mavens on How and Why We Define Ourselves Through Stuff

Brand Thinking: Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, and Other Mavens on How and Why We Define Ourselves Through Stuff | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
"The modern version of introspection is the sum total of all those highly individualized choices that we make about the material content of
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A must read for everyone seriously considering to actually become a leadership brand name....most intriguing is the statement; My view is that branding is the process of attaching an idea to some object, or to a service or organization.

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On Motivation: Beloved Composer Leonard Bernstein on Why We Create

On Motivation: Beloved Composer Leonard Bernstein on Why We Create | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
A journey to the heart of "the mindless, useless, glorious pursuit of artistic truth."

An even greater and more enduring mystery than the
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What motovates artists...They write, they paint, they perform, produce, whatever, because life to them is inconceivable without doing so....is there a lesson for us in innovation?

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The Culture, Causes, and Costs of Anxiety

The Culture, Causes, and Costs of Anxiety | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
"Few people today would dispute that chronic stress is a hallmark of our times or that anxiety has become a kind of cultural condition of mo
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If anxiety and stress are the hallmark of this time period, what are you actually doing about it ? Coping is no answer !

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Millennial Survey 2014 | Deloitte | Social impact, Innovation

Millennial Survey 2014 | Deloitte | Social impact, Innovation | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
Deloitte's Millennial Survey revealed that our world's future leaders are increasingly viewing business through the lens of social impact.
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Millenials say; Companies can do more than secure jobs and profit; Government can do more; Innovation is key and management the barrier; New leaders need to be nurtured; We want to make a difference…..well is the business world ready for this, or does this the most promising generation have to create their own ?

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Can Management Get Us Out Of The Economic Mess It Has Created?

Can Management Get Us Out Of The Economic Mess It Has Created? | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
Drucker Forum 2014: Can the leaders of the world’s most important organizations transform their management practices so that their organizations get on a path to growth and prosperity, instead of steady economic decline?
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Is the Drucker Forum going to replace the Davos summit when it comes to being relevant to more than just the status quo.

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Tapping the power of hidden influencers | McKinsey & Company

Tapping the power of hidden influencers | McKinsey & Company | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
A tool social scientists use to identify sex workers and drug users can help senior executives find the people most likely to catalyze—or sabotage—organizational-change efforts. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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The hidden resources in your organization.

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The Future of Work is The Future of Leadership

The Future of Work is The Future of Leadership | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
An insight about the future of work dropped this morning as I discussed leadership in the network era with Harold Jarche and Jon Husband, colleagues from Change Agents Worldwide. 









The Future of Work is the Future of Leadership


The future belongs not to the leadership of technology. The future belongs to the technology of leadership.


Our opportunity is not incremental improvement in the leadership of change to implement network technologies. Our opportunity is a much more important transformation of the critical human technology of leadership for the network era. Only new leadership capabilities & concepts will enable us to realise the potential of the future of work


Realising Human Potential is What Matters


If you are one of the thought leaders, consultants or vendors working to bring about the adoption of social collaboration technology, you know there is a raging debate about what changes in social and network technology means for organisations. However, there is much that is unclear in the debate about the future of work.  Social Business is dead, not dead or even not enough. The biggest challenge is adoption, lack of executive buy-in, return on investment or even organisation’s success. You need a collaboration layer, you need purposeful collaboration or you need cooperation instead.


If you are a manager in an organisation trying to achieve outcomes in a rapidly changing business climate, you most likely missed this entire conversation. The debate about the impact of social collaboration technology is not even on your radar (unless a consultant or vendor has caused you to reflect on it for a moment before you returned to the daily challenge of running your business).


What matters most to managers is more effective human collaboration - collaboration that improves the performance of your business for your customers and delivering better work experience for your people. Managers everywhere wish there were better ways to tap the talents, innovation and engagement of their people to help deliver better outcomes. That is at the heart of the discussion of employee engagement in our organisations.


The technology that engages people and realises potential is called leadership. That’s why so many investments are made by organisations in leadership development and in a push for leadership in every role. Leadership is the most effective technology to solve for the management wish.


Network Era Leadership Realises Human Potential


Work is a human task. Leadership is the work of mobilising others to action. Leadership is how we help people to realise their human potential. Much of our network and collaboration technology is just an infrastructure for the work and leadership required. The network can magnify the culture of the organisation, but we need the right leadership models for managers to realise the potential of a network era of work.


Traditional management & leadership approaches inherit many of their concepts from process models borrowed from the industrial era. In this mindset human potential is measured in productivity terms.  The command and control culture focuses on using the right processes to drive human productivity and align that productivity with the right tasks. The engines of human potential (engagement, knowledge creation, experimentation, innovation & enablement) are driven out as sources of volatility & waste. What many call leadership is better described as a process of command of people with an efficiency mindset. That is not leadership at all.


These traditional management concepts also get baked into organisational systems. We have built much technology to explicitly or implicitly reflect these industrial models of management and work. Look inside any organisation and you will find plenty of systems designed from the top-down that reinforce hierarchical command and control. Pull out your system process maps and look for your employee’s ability to do exception handling. In many cases there is no exception process. Exceptions are handled in hacks. 


Transparency, responsiveness, the ability to work across silos and effectiveness are often surrendered to tight control of process, narrow measurement of process outcomes, compliance and efficiency. Critical systems in customer management and human resources systems offer some of the most striking examples of these constraints and are widely copied from organisation to organisation. To the frustration of everyone, managers and people must work around these systems to collaborate and cooperate effectively while managing waves of top down change management to bring them back to compliance with process.


The disruption of the networked era is evidence of the scale of change that networks are bringing to our lives. ‘Kodak Moment’ has an entirely new meaning today. This pace of change focuses our attention on a need for change in the concepts of leadership & organisation to support a changing world of work.


We need not focus much on the threats of this era. The opportunities of new models of work and leadership are greater. New network technologies give a glimpse of the potential for leaders to better leverage the people of organisations for work and innovation.  However, realising the potential of human collaborative and cooperative knowledge work in networks demands new leadership models.


We Know How to Start Leading in the Network Era


Each new era brings social changes and requires new more effective concepts. We updated the concepts of leadership and management at the birth of the industrial era, leveraging existing concepts from the military and other spheres of human life. Now people need to work to develop new models to leverage the infrastructure delivered by networks and collaboration technology.


The good news is that many of these concepts are already clear and have been developed by practitioners to the point where they are capable of application in everyday work. These practices now work highly effectively and can be taught. Managers now need to pick these up and build the capability in their people to lead in new ways, using:



Deeper self-awareness and understanding of human behaviour and drivers of high performance


A greater focus on systems and a wider view of outcomes and stakeholders


Purpose & Trust to enable leadership & followership in every role


Experimentation & Adaptation


Collaboration & Cooperation


Network models of work organisation like Wirearchy, Pods and Swarms


Social work and learning, such as personal knowledge management, working out loud.



However, we cannot expect managers do to all the work alone. We will need to support them with learning, coaching and the opportunity to practice the new skills and mindsets.  We need to change the organisational systems and processes that hold back this opportunity to better leverage human potential.  


Making these changes is the great challenge of leadership is in the new network era. It is the work I will be focused on with my colleagues in Change Agents Worldwide as we help others to navigate these changes.


The future of work is the future of leadership for everyone in organisations. Building a better more effective model of leadership will help realise the human potential of this future. Join the effort in your organisation to build a new technology of leadership to make this possible.
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How to Be an Explorer of the World

How to Be an Explorer of the World | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
"Every morning when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift!"

As a longtime fan of guerrilla artist
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Re-learn, Re-generation and -Re-thinking the world around you tricks. If you liked Who moved my Cheese or the xxx for Dummies series, heres the book for you to recalibrate yourself by

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GTReader2eTomlinson.pdf

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The influence of Globalization in identity formation leading to an evolution of reality

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Norman Mailer on the Rat Race of Success and What True Growth Means

Norman Mailer on the Rat Race of Success and What True Growth Means | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
"Growth is a greater mystery than death. All of us can understand failure ... but not even the successful man can begin to describe the impa
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What is success truly, is it prestige ?

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Ten Ways Companies Drive Away Talent

Ten Ways Companies Drive Away Talent | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
If there's one word that's almost certain to appear somewhere on every business's website, that word is talent. Companies of every size love to talk about talent! They can talk about talent all day long. It's easy to talk about talent on a website or in a recruiting brochure. It's easy [...]
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How to drive away talent, main reason is complacency, being satisfied with what you have put in place.

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How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends.

"Find something more importa
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Graham reminding us of another long forgotten classic truth....:It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.”

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100 Ideas That Changed Art

100 Ideas That Changed Art | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it
From cave paintings to the internet, or how art and cultural ideology shape one another.

On the heels of yesterday's 100 Ideas That Chang
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An other must read book, inspiring us towards innovating ourselves and our product.....how come artists have that as a fundamental part of their DNA...the alteration of tyradition while respecting those before them?

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Social, Digital & Mobile Around The World (January 2014)

This report presents all the key statistics, data and behavioural indicators for social, digital and mobile channels around the world. Alongside regional pictur
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Interesting stats for people engaged with the internet, but aren't we all....well have a look yourself!

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Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling

Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling | Next generation leaders | Scoop.it

A Stanford research project explored the key differences between lives of happiness and meaningfulness. While the two are similar, dramatic differences exist – and one should not underestimate the power of meaningfulness.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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