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Followership: the Corollary to Leadership — Todd Nielsen   Leave a comment

Reblogging a thought provoking dissertation on leadership……

Why should an organization focus on followership as least as much as leadership?

Followership: the Corollary to Leadership — Todd Nielsen.

Posted November 16, 2013 by arnoneumann in leadership

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Leadership Lessons From LEGO – Forbes   Leave a comment

“……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.”

Ken Perlman is an engagement leader at Kotter International, a firm that helps leaders accelerate strategy implementation in their organizations.

The whole article fills in with interesting details……enjoy ! AN


Leadership Lessons From LEGO – Forbes.

Posted October 19, 2013 by arnoneumann in Collaboration, leadership, LEGO

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Every Leader Is an Artist | The Creativity Post   Leave a comment

“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.

via Every Leader Is an Artist | The Creativity Post.

Posted October 21, 2012 by arnoneumann in art, creativity, leadership

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Profile: 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders   Leave a comment

“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. ”

via ABC Carbon » Blog Archive » Profile: 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders.

Posted July 9, 2012 by arnoneumann in leadership, Sustainability

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The 7 Levels of Influence in the Attention Economy | Smedio   Leave a comment

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.

The Leader

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.

The Winner

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.

The Innovator

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.

The Believer

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.

The Follower

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.

The Caregiver

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.

The Visionary

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.

via The 7 Levels of Influence in the Attention Economy | Smedio.

Posted June 10, 2012 by arnoneumann in leadership

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The Six Attitudes Leaders Take Towards Social Media – Anthony J. Bradley and Mark P. McDonald – Harvard Business Review   Leave a comment

Slowly but surely, business leaders are shifting their attitude toward social media — from seeing it as a threat to discovering its very real opportunities.

And their attitude matters, a lot. Social media is about people, not technology. Its business value does not come from social software or a snazzy website, even one with 800 million users. Its value stems from how business leaders, from senior executives to managers, use it to foster new collaborative behaviors that materially improve business performance.

Leadership attitudes, and the organizational culture they spawn, are critical to social media success. They are among a company’s most fundamental social media assets — or liabilities. Here are the six basic categories that business leader attitudes toward social media fall into: ………. read the article in full….

via The Six Attitudes Leaders Take Towards Social Media – Anthony J. Bradley and Mark P. McDonald – Harvard Business Review.

Posted October 17, 2011 by arnoneumann in leadership, SocialMedia

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That 200% Debt Is Reason for ‘Arab Spring’ Revolution: William Pesek – Bloomberg   Leave a comment

“If you’d told me 10 years ago, when I moved to Tokyo, that today I’d be writing about an eighth leader, I never would’ve believed it. Yet here we are, analyzing and philosophizing about whether Yoshihiko Noda will last longer than the last five.

In April 2001, Junichiro Koizumi grabbed the job from the hapless Yoshiro Mori. Koizumi stuck around for an unthinkably long five years. He talked big about economic reforms, promised even bigger and managed to get a few things done. Then Koizumi turned the keys over to the forgettable Shinzo Abe, who then passed them to Yasuo Fukuda and Taro Aso.

Political lightning struck in August 2009. Voters tossed out the Liberal Democratic Party that had been in power for roughly 54 years. The Democratic Party of Japan might have fared better if it picked someone other than political lightweight Yukio Hatoyama as prime minister. Next came Naoto Kan, who last week resigned to make room for yet another leader.

Analysts and pundits are busy criticizing politicians in Tokyo for going with the safe choice — Noda — when Japan is navigating a world economy that is anything but. Yet let’s put blame where it belongs: Japan’s 127 million people.

There’s some truth in the old saw that people generally get the leaders they deserve. In Japan’s case, voters need to begin demanding more of leaders and speaking out forcefully for change. Instead, they offer nothing more than numbing silence.”

via That 200% Debt Is Reason for ‘Arab Spring’ Revolution: William Pesek – Bloomberg.

Posted August 30, 2011 by arnoneumann in Japan

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#E2sday: What Ants Can Teach the Enterprise About Teamwork | The Future of Work   1 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.”

via #E2sday: What Ants Can Teach the Enterprise About Teamwork | The Future of Work.

Posted July 22, 2011 by arnoneumann in leadership, Teams

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Levi Strauss To Align Global Supply Chain with UN Millennium Development Goals | Sustainable Life Media   Leave a comment

Levi Strauss To Align Global Supply Chain with UN Millennium Development Goals | Sustainable Life Media.

“The speech comes twenty years after Levi Strauss & Co. announced a Terms of Engagement that set a new standard of compliance for vendor factories in the apparel industry. The TOE required manufacturing factories to follow health, safety and environmental standards set by Levi Strauss & Co. This standard – considered pioneering at the time – rapidly became the norm for most companies with a global supply chain.”

Levi Strauss & Co. exhibits a steady approach to sustainability…not just an overnight , greenwashing application and hence their leadership sees them coming out ahead in the marketplace both with their products and their corporate culture.

Posted May 22, 2011 by arnoneumann in Uncategorized

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THE DEMOLITION MANTRA – CNBC Business   Leave a comment

” “Leaders mistake innovation for creativity”, notes Vijay Govindarajan, professor at Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College and, like Nordström, on the Thinkers 50 List of the world’s top business luminaries alongside Apple’s Steve Jobs, Virgin’s Richard Branson and authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Don Tapscott and Chris Anderson. “Innovation is not creativity, it is commercialising creativity. Leaders place too much emphasis on ideas, not nearly enough emphasis on execution. Leadership is mostly about innovation execution.” “


Posted May 20, 2011 by arnoneumann in Economic

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