Leading in a fast paced world demands you find ways to adapt more quickly to change. The old systems of command and control don’t work anymore, it hasn’t worked well for many decades now. What’s the alternative?[Read more…] about Military Lessons for Leading in Uncertain Times
Leadership consists of two journeys. The first is the journey of self discovery, the personal leadership journey. The second, is the journey to creative leadership, to quote Steve Jobs, it’s the journey to “make a dent in the universe“. To reach their full potential leaders must make the shift from personal to creative leadership.
All leadership begins with personal leadership – the art and science of leading oneself. It’s the foundation, you must lead yourself first, before leading others.
“Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.” – Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne, 1926
Bump, bump, bump! Does this sound like your days, weeks, months. . . maybe even years? Are you acting purposefully? Are you acting with intention? Or do you find yourself too busy to think?
The biggest challenge of leading in a VUCA world is the huge demand placed on a your time. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself running ragged, with little time for strategic thinking. The result? You postpone dealing with critical strategic change. Or, in the worst case, strategic issues go unresolved. Bump, bump, bump![Read more…] about VUCA Times Require Frequent Strategic Breaks
Henry Ford is reported to have said, “Why is it that every time I hire a pair of hands, they come with a brain attached?” This thinking is a reflection of how work was managed in a manufacturing era, where the repetitive nature of tasks required people to think as little as possible. The purpose of a team during these times was to manage the execution of a repeatable process as efficiently as possible. Leaders relied on authority, hierarchy, incentives, rewards and punishments to keep teams productive. History has shown that this approach was successful and worked well in a manufacturing era, however times have subsequently changed.
Leading successfully in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world demands rapid learning. As Jack Welch observed “an organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”
Learning under conditions of uncertainty is a topic addressed in the book “Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work” by Liz Wiseman which describes a study that explored how experienced versus inexperienced people learn and tackle problems.
Wiseman’s research provides fascinating insights into how leaders can improve their learning in a VUCA world.
Recent leadership research has revealed a disturbing trend, the quality of leaders is barely improving. This is the conclusion of two independent research studies. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report titled “Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015” (pdf) and Development Dimensions International (DDI) report titled “Global Leadership Forecast 2014 | 2015”.