Reblogging a thought provoking dissertation on leadership……
Archive for the ‘leadership’ Category
“……Ken Perlman is a devoted father of two girls. He feels that many of the lessons learned in fatherhood apply, on a certain level, to teaching our clients change leadership. Here he shares the parallels between building a complex LEGO set with his daughters and coaching a client through transformational change.”
“So here they are – lessons in leadership courtesy of LEGO.
Lesson #1: Start with what success looks like.
Lesson #2: Consider interchangeable parts.
Lesson #3: Instructions are only so helpful.
Lesson #4: It’s more fun when more people are working together.
Lesson #5: The quality of the final product relies upon the input of imagination.”
The whole article fills in with interesting details……enjoy ! AN
“So let me suggest 12 artistic criteria for judging the art of particular leaders. To appreciate their leadership, we should ask about its …
Intent. Do they make an express commitment to achieve certain exceptional ends?
Focus. Do they highlight certain features of the business environment over others to separate the important from the trivial?
Skill. Do they demonstrate mastery or virtuosity in critical aspects of business; do they possess a foundation for understanding people, organizations, and the way work is accomplished?
Form. Do they combine their communications, structures, policies, etc. into a unified, coherent whole?
Representation. Do they convey meanings, in nonobvious and captivating ways, as opposed to giving simple directives and making straightforward declarations of fact?
Imagination. Do they make surprising and unconventional departures from the ordinary that create a new sense of awareness or understanding?
Authenticity. Do they present a stylistic distinctiveness that is an honest expression of their individuality and personal beliefs?
Engagement. Do they offer complex and challenging information that stimulates intellectual effort and imaginative contemplation?
Pleasure. Do they provide emotionally rewarding experiences that are shared among members of a group, promoting stronger bonds and fostering personal fulfillment?
Human significance. Do they facilitate personal reflection about who one is, what is most important, what is culturally valuable, and what is possible?
Context. Do they take actions that are commensurate with institutional practices, customs, demands, and norms, and communicate in a style that is understandable and appropriate?
Criticism. Do they welcome discourse and evaluation from others regarding how well they have performed and the amount of appreciation they should be afforded?”
AN : Full article worth the read . Insightful and thought provoking.
“Profile: 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders
Not one but 100 profiles in this issue.
The selected Global Sustain Ability Leaders from six continents include Nobel prize
winners, scientists, architects, designers, artists, and CEOs of international
companies. Besides the well-known, there are the quiet achievers who are making
a name for themselves and their NGOs, institutes, universities or businesses.
One is Alison Rowe (left) Fujitsu’s global head of sustainability and another
is Singapore’s Ho Kwon Ping (right).
Here’s the full list. ”
Douglas Idugboe shares insight in gaining profile and influence in the cluttered space of the digital and real world.
“In today’s digital age, the world is fast evolving into a large global attention economy. Whether it’s an individual or a business, the kind of influence you have on others gains paramount importance. So, how do you determine what kind of influence you have on others? While there are services such as Klout which provide a good indication of your level of influence, it is largely based on your social media influence only.
Last week, I posted a video about the 3 rules of engagement in the attention economy. In this post, I talk about the 7 levels of influence that you need to be aware of in today’s attention economy.
A leader leads by example and influences others around him. However, leadership is also a two-way sword. A leader can influence others to follow/ obey him. On the other hand, it’s easy to get intimidated by a leader’s aura and maintain some distance. Therefore, being a leader can have varying influence on various people.
Winners are the been-there-done-that individuals and businesses. They’ve established a name for themselves by sheer virtue of their achievements. In most cases, they’ll have a positive influence on others influencing them to achieve more.
An innovator influences others by the virtue of his out of the box thinking. He’s a person who doesn’t follow run-of-the-mill stuff and somebody whom you can associate with producing the next big game changer in any field. I consider Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook’s CEO as a true digital age innovator.
A believer stands firm by what he believes is correct. He’s a person who can make others believe in him by the sheer virtue of his strong thinking. However, a believer must match his beliefs with action.
A follower is someone who looks up to others for guidance. He’s more likely to be influenced by others. A follower can in turn influence others by his words or actions.
A quick look at human history testifies that most people are likely to be influenced by those who care for them. Whether its individuals or a business which cares about its customers, those who take good care of others are likely to be influential.
A visionary is one who thinks beyond the obvious and acts beyond the conventional. He has no fear and influences others with his far-sighted vision. Steve Jobs, the man who turned Apple’s fortunes around and gave us several bestselling products like the iPhone, iPad and iPod will always be remembered as a true modern age visionary.
What are your thoughts on the levels of influence in today’s attention economy? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
The Six Attitudes Leaders Take Towards Social Media – Anthony J. Bradley and Mark P. McDonald – Harvard Business Review Leave a comment
Lessons from the ants : all for one ( mission ) and one is there for all ….
“But ants aren’t nature’s only high-functioning teams. Packs of wolfs, pods of dolphins, and prides of lions all share remarkable strategies in terms of leadership, connectivity, execution and organization. For nature’s teams, mission matters most. Bioteams are the physical manifestation of a mission. They organize on the fly, adjust strategies in real-time and redefine membership based on environmental demands. Just Google “unicoloniality” to learn more about how some of nature’s teams inherently understand what many human teams essentially do not: membership is a function of achieving the mission and not the other way around.”