In management theory, certain concepts from yesteryear no longer hold true. Like, for example, the idea that people must be driven to perform. Writing here for Inc, Marcel Schwantes, Principal and founder of Leadership From the Core gives his take own the upside nature of empowered leadership.
Over the years, I’ve learned that driving people (as if they were cattle or cars, steering them wherever we want them to go) no longer holds a favorable place in collaborative work cultures.
This story is about three things: dress codes, leadership and common sense. When I was a CEO I used the same mechanism and believe me it is highly effective; you can’t talk about empowerment and decision making if you’re still telling people how to dress in the morning. If they are good enough to work for you they can probably work that out! Here is Bill Murphy Jr, executive editor of operations, Some Spider, and founder, ProGhostwriters.com’s take on the issue. (Origanally appraered in Inc.com. It’s about a $62 billion company with roots going back 100 years–the kind of giant, legacy organization you might think would get bogged down with bureaucratic minutiae. And it’s about how it wound up with a dress code running only two words long.
We’ve all heard before that change is the only constant in life. Well one of the biggest jobs of a leader is to navigate their team through change. Whether your leadership style is servant-, relationship-, participatory-, or transformational- based (or a combination) leading others to actionable results is an unwieldy task. There is a big gap between pronouncing that change is needed and then actually affecting change. What’s involved? What mindsets are required? Natalie Nixon Principal of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC writing here for Inc.com, asked 6 leaders with a diverse range of leadership styles their perspective on what it takes for a leader to affect change. Here below are their thoughts.
There are probably dozens of traits that come to mind when you think of what sets great leaders apart from the rest of the pack. But one of the most important things that every great leader understands–something that other might miss–is the importance of having adequate emotional reserves when you show up at the office every day. Jim Schleckser CEO, Inc. CEO Project talks us through why CEOs need to have buffers to handle the ups and downs of business.
Benjamin P. Hardy is a contributor, for Inc.com. here he asks some pertinent questions about your leadership potential. Are you unstoppable or average? Do you get derailed by prior success? Are you thinking linearly or exponentially? In short what are the things unstoppable people do compared to the rest of us; Do you do these 10 things?
1. Don’t get crushed by success.
“Success can become a catalyst for failure.” – Greg McKeown
Nearly every metaphor for corporate success has one thing in common: teamwork. From row boats, to orchestras, to well-oiled machines, every well-tread analogy acknowledges the power of collaboration. Why? Organizational cohesion and collaboration are critical to success. Great insights from Kirsten Blakemore Edwards (@KirstenBeMe), MA CPCC, Executive Facilitator at Partners In Leadership, writing here for Inc. These criteria are intrinsically aligned to the methodology of our Strategic Planning system “Stragile”. So how do you create this culture of collaboration in the first place? It starts with accountability. Get accountability right, and you get everything right. Here’s how:
Graham Kenny is Managing Director of Strategic Factors, a Sydney-based consultancy that specializes in strategic planning and performance measurement, and president of Reinvent Australia, an organization that focuses on the nation’s future development. Here is his refreshingly pragmatic take on why our collective view on strategic planning to not correct.
Wouldn’t it be nice if your staff could handle things by themselves without asking you to be the final arbiter on every decision? Wouldn’t it be nice if your team could solve problems as they arise, taking more ownership and freeing you up to focus on growing the business? Imagine if they found ways to increase sales, reduce expenses, and preempt problems all on their own. Imagine if they took initiative to explore what markets your company should expand into. Or if they came to you with ideas for breakthrough products. Imagine if they not only participated in the company culture, but also participated in growing the company culture and grooming the next generation of company leaders. Great questions asked by By David Finkel Co-author of, ‘Scale: Seven Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back’, writing here for Inc.
Great insight on what works and what doesn’t for bosses, by Marcel Schwantes, Principal and founder, of Leadership From the Core, writing here for Inc: Bosses that establish power and control over their people and processes with a carrot-and-stick approach to motivation certainly get results and have succeeded for decades. These bosses, however, are also notorious for killing intrinsic motivation and turning good, smart, and creative employees into order takers who will quickly disengage from their work.