The urgent need for sophisticated leadership
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five global forces — asymmetry of wealth, disruption, age disparities, polarization, and loss of trust ... ADAPT... changing the way millions of people live and work. The pandemic has sharply accelerated these forces... leaders... have never faced so many dilemmas ... people look to leaders to provide stability, hope, and a path forward ... embody…

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World
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195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations... asked to choose the 15 most important leadership competencies... grouped the top ones into five major themes ... difficult to master... because improving them requires acting against our nature...high ethical standards conveys a commitment to fairness, instilling confidence ... when le…

How to Stay Ahead When the Rules Change
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Why do companies so often fail to adapt? ... no shortage of ways ... But ... firms need to recognize the need for change ... organizations tend to operate ... blind momentum... why are they slow to change course? ...very difficult to study how companies adapt ... need both a large sample of firms and a reliable way of quantifying their choices....…

Leaders, Do You Have a Clear Vision for the Post-Crisis Future?
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Covid-19 pandemic ... leaders are scrambling to manage the immediate fallout... also necessary to prepare for what’s next. Visionary leaders ... didn’t simply react ... also looked beyond ... guided — and guided their people in turn — by their vision for a better future...fundamental assumptions underlying your current business model may have been…

Why Mission Statements Fail - David Burkus
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I don’t know what got you out of bed ... probably wasn’t your company’s mission statement... purpose ... was noble... provide employees with that clear purpose... become a purpose-driven organization... [which] have more motivated employees... easier recruiting top talent... great performance... less turnover... greater profitability... customers …

Your Mission Statement Is Not Your Company Culture - Marker
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CEOs and industry leaders all told me, “...Culture is the most important thing.” But when I asked “What exactly is culture, and how can I affect mine?” they became extremely vague.... I focused all my energy on “leading by example.”... did not scale as the company grew... became a hodgepodge of different cultures fostered under different managers.…

If You Want To Change The World, You Need To Start With Small Groups, Loosely Connected But United…
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a new idea has to replace an old one and the status quo has inertia on its side... to truly make an impact, you need small groups, loosely connected, but united by a shared purpose... start with groups small enough to convince a majority... We all have different thresholds for conformity ... threshold model of collective behavior... the exposu…

How Mark Zuckerberg Can Save Facebook — and Us
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The same amazing tech that enables people to forge deeper relationships, foster closer communities and give everyone a voice can also breed isolation, embolden racists, and empower digital bullies and nefarious actors.... used with great accuracy and potency “to assault... truth and trust... our personal foundations — our privacy and sense of ide…

Thinking The Unthinkable
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In an era of “wicked problems” why are current leadership behaviours and culture apparently not fit for purpose? ... so many failures in policy and strategic forecasting? Are they human frailties? Or ... systemic?

Why Leadership = Storytelling
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Leadership is the art of inspiring others to make a story come true. Therefore, if you’re leading people, you’re telling them a story ... great storytellers ... are going to recruit better... darlings in the press... raise money more easily ... close amazing business developer partnerships... have a strong and cohesive corporate culture ... core…

There’s no emotion we ought to think harder about than anger | Aeon Essays
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If we think closely about anger, we can begin to see why it is a stupid way to run one’s life... how a leader has to operate: forget about the strike-back mentality, and forge a future of warmth and partnership... He asks only, how shall I produce cooperation and friendship?

How Establishments Fall
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[leaders are] usually busy furiously making believe that there is no decline. Instead of leading societies out of decline (which is what they should be doing), they’re working night and day manufacturing (or luxuriously reclining in) what I’ll call Unreality Bubbles... intelligentsias manufacture unrealities in eras of decline because their positi…

Why Big Organizations Are Broken
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In Ronald Coase's The Nature of the Firm ... the function of a firm was to reduce transaction costs, especially information costs, and that firms would grow until the increase in organizational costs canceled out efficiency gains... Today, however, we live in an information economy. Competitiveness is no longer determined by how efficiently we…

To Create Real Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority
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while authority can compel action it does little to inspire belief. Only leadership can do that... That’s why change management efforts commonly fail. All too often, they are designed to carry out initiatives that come from the top. - To Create Real Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority | Digital Tonto

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Practices, research, and ideas from Google and other organizations to put people first. re:Work is organized around some of the biggest ways you can make an impact in your workplace. Each subject contains guides, with tools and insights, for addressing specific challenges.

How to respond when executives talk about digital first
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This should be an exciting time. After all this is what we have wanted for so long. But it could prove dangerous if we do not handle it well... Instead of getting strong, clear direction about becoming digital first there is a vague vision... One danger is that the digital first vision fades before it can take root.... The second danger is it g…

How I Learned To Step Back And Give My Team Real Power
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Companies where leaders don't empower their teams are like merry-go-rounds: plenty of movement, but stuck in place. One of my biggest failures as a leader came just as I thought I was excelling. I judged my worth based on how many decisions I was involved in, how many meetings I sat in on, and how people checked with me first for approval. On t…

Survive the Hard Things with Habits
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By generating enough internal force with our habits, we can push back against the external pressures that threaten to crush us. Here are a few to get started with ... - Survive the Hard Things with Habits — Better Humans — Medium

CEOs are often the last to know
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"nobody tells you anything when it comes to bubbling-up abuse from the trenches. It’s completely unrealistic to expect someone five levels deep in the bowels of the organization to reach out to the fifth-richest man in the world and trouble him ... It doesn’t matter how many invitations to open doors... you extend, it’s just not going to happen. …

How Not to Be a Leader
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We must be dreamers, rebels, renegades, heretics, outlaws. Everything, in short, that the demagogues do not want us to be... the very leaders that are a broken, hunted, anxious world is so desperately missing. - How Not to Be a Leader — Bad Words — Medium

Strategy, not Technology, Drives Digital Transformation
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The 2015 Digital Business Global Executive Study and Research Project by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte identifies strategy, not technology, as the key driver of success in the digital arena. Conservative companies that avoid risk-taking are unlikely to thrive - and they'll also lose talent ... The ability to digitally reimagine the b…

What is the Art of Hosting?
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The Art of Hosting is a highly effective way of harnessing the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size.  ... a suite of powerful conversational processes to invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges facing them... better decision-making, more efficient and effective capacity building and greater abi…

3 Ways To Remain Creative In A World Of Big Data
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Distributed intelligence means you need to find a social process, not a data-driven solution... You cannot outsource leadership to your analytics group. - Thinking Small: 3 Ways To Remain Creative In A World Of Big Data | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce

Getting More Women into Senior Management - HBR
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"Far too many business leaders are... failing to put the necessary muscle behind efforts to promote more women... it is a 3-legged solution: men, women, and organization all have a part to play... there are four things organizations corporate leaders can do to finally, after decades of talk, actually get something done:"

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Absolutely superlative rant. Number 1 of 16: “When challenged on your aims and intentions you repeatedly say profit and growth. When you should know beyond any doubt that they’re the by-product of being brilliant at something people want. Err?" - Busted — Just Thinking — Medium

5 Ways to Lead in Challenging Times
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"In a time of unprecedented challenge, leaders don't just need to lead their companies. They also need to lead themselves. They need strategies for improving their effectiveness while sustaining a sense of professional well-being... In order to survive and thrive, leaders can't just go about business as usual. Business isn't "usual" anymore. It's …

If you’re part of the system, you’re part of the problem
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"The problems that most resist solutions are system problems. In a system problem, if you’re part of the system, you’re part of the problem. This illusion of objectivity is often particularly acute in senior leaders, because there’s a tendency for people to tell them what they want to hear." - If you’re part of the system, you’re part of the pr…

Creating a surge around change

"in the cause of wider employee participation... there’s more to success than just investing heavily in the latest Enterprise 2.0 technology platforms. Large-scale engagement of the workforce requires, first and foremost, a firm grasp of organizational culture and its social dynamics, a psychological understanding of what triggers new behavior, …

Why are disengaged employees disengaged?
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" the 3D Workforce: Distributed, Decentralized, and Discontinuous... is really a 4D workforce, however, because these is a fourth factor: Disengagement." Good overview of some recent research, with some conclusions such as: " companies become more fast and loose with the transition to social business models of operations, employee engag…

Are you ready for digital transformation? Probably not
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"digital transformation... the application (or reapplication) of digital technologies and the restructuring of operations to better engage with customers, the company ecosystem, and the greater marketplace... We have rocketed into a new economy - a new era - where much of what we knew and relied upon ten years ago is being superseded by new ins…

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