Now is not the time for the dominant logic surrounding managing and leading to prevail. That's how we got here, and "here" isn't so great. It's essential we find better ways to inspire, motivate, and engage great people who want to make a difference in our organizations. Here are twelve places to start:
While we live and work in interesting times where traditional elongated planning processes no longer fit, leaders still have the responsibility to define a coherent strategy. Choosing the right tools for strategy work in today's environment is critical for a successful process.
OK, the topic of feedback isn't stand-up comedy funny. It's funny as in odd because there are so many contradictions surrounding it. Here are five practices to help managers bring feedback to life as the performance-enhancing tool it is capable of being:
Transparency is measurable. Accountability is binary. If transparency is low and accountability is turned off, expect to struggle.
If we're not involved in moon-shots or mars-shots but rather working for seemingly pedestrian causes or offerings, how do we manufacture that sense of purpose? It's easy, fall in deep love with the people we're ultimately helping with our work.
It's easy to swallow the dogma that has emerged around the "Cult of Speed" in our management thinking and teaching. Yet, the pursuit of speed in poorly designed systems exposes weaknesses and often precipitates project, strategy, and even organizational failure. Said simply, raw speed kills. Sometimes you have to tap the brakes and slow down to ultimately move faster.
Wally Bock and I share thoughts on our favorite leadership and management reads from this year's first quarter on the latest podcast episode.
Art Petty and Wally Bock talk about some of the later books in Jim Collins' Good to Great Series: How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice. Both of us agree, one is a great business book and highly relevant for our world today.
While you might be correct in assuming I've read too much science fiction and fantasy, it turns out two skills they don't teach you in most professional development programs are essential for your success. I'm referencing altitude adjustment and time-travel.
In the sweep of recent history, there's a familiar theme: almost no one and no nation is ever prepared for a crisis. If you read history, it's clear we celebrate crisis leaders for their resilience and creativity in helping people survive and sustain. However, I wonder just a bit why we don't do a better job creating leaders who prepare for and even prevent crises in the first place.