Toward a Complex Adaptive Intelligence Community [ Top of page ] What was that? How can we change ourselves in ways we cannot predict? More directly, how do we modify our nature to enable such unpredictable changes? Before giving the right answer, there is a wrong answer that can be dismissed up front— reorganization. Any reorganization by its nature is both predictable and slow. Figure 1 - Complex Adaptive Behavior The only way to meet the continuously unpredictable challenges ahead of us is to match them with continuously unpredictable changes of our own. To describe a community that “dynamically reinvents itself by continuously learning and adapting” in response to environmental changes harks to theoretical developments in the philosophy of science that matured in the 1990s collectively known as Complexity Theory. . . . . . . It is this expertise that engenders the trust required for independent action. There is a new generation of Internet tools that enable people to self-organize around shared knowledge. Figure 2 - Metcalfe's Law
HR guide to depression in the workplace We all have mental health just as we have physical health – it moves up and down along a spectrum from good to poor. Considering how much time we spend at work, it’s not surprising that our jobs can affect our wellbeing. Mental health problems are very common, and are also on the rise, in no small part due to the economic downturn. Right now, 1 in 6 workers is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress [Office of National Statistics (2001), Psychiatric morbidity among adults living in private households in Great Britain, The Stationery Office]. Given this significant and increasing prevalence, every organisation in Britain – no matter how small or large - will be affected by mental health problems, so it’s something employers can’t afford to ignore. DepressionDepression describes a range of symptoms from a period of low spirits that makes coping with normal tasks harder, to life-threatening thoughts and behaviours that can make it impossible to function.
The Collaboration Imperative For various reasons, the management challenges ahead will require the skills of a collaborative leader. Many leaders, however, lack the required skills to collaborate meaningfully. Readers will learn what those skills are and how they can develop them in this article. Organizations face an increasingly complex and unpredictable competitive landscape, and one that is filled with new, aggressive competitors. A few years ago, for example, who would have predicted that electronics manufacturer Samsung would offer stiff competition to GE in the appliance and lighting marketplaces? In the years ahead volatility and uncertainty will tyrannize markets, and companies will need leaders who are highly adaptive, continuous learners, able to lead diverse groups across functional disciplines, regions and cultures. Getting to the root of collaboration challenges Why has the development of collaborative leadership skills lagged the evolution of organizational structures? Collaborating in the matrix 1.
10 Ways Today's Purpose-Driven Brands Can Bring Their Core Values To Life Today’s brand must live and breathe through its core values in order to survive. Purpose is king, and there’s no turning back. When 87% of global consumers believe business should place equal weight on societal issues and business issues, the better a brand brings its societal purpose to life in everyday operations, the more successful both business and social impact will be. With our planet in a rapid state of decline--climate change, loss of biodiversity, disparity of wealth, obesity, water scarcity, the list goes on--companies will increasingly be viewed as either part of the solution or problem. But since the way businesses convey values will ultimately determine success, how brands authentically position in a way that is meaningful and relevant has never been more important. One look into a Whole Foods, for instance, and you can see CEO John Mackey has core value positioning mastered. Here’s a look into 10 ways today’s purpose-driven brand can bring its core values to life:
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6 lessons from 'Scandal' on how to be a rock star professional I recently started watching "Scandal." I did so because my boss told me to, but it's one of the best assignments she's ever given me. I'm hooked! I've only watched the first season (thank you, Netflix), but in between the drama and spine-tingling suspense, there are some important lessons about how to be a rock star professional no matter where you work. Before I jump in, here's a little background on the show: Actress Kerry Washington plays the main character, Olivia Pope. If you want to do your job as well as a gladiator, follow these tips: 1. The gladiators solve big, high-profile problems. While you may not have to handle crises of such magnitude, you should be indispensable to your company. 2. Olivia won't take on a new client if she doesn't believe in her gut that he or she is telling the truth. Don't hesitate to trust your instincts, too. 3. In the pilot episode, the gladiators hire Quinn to join their team. Be a Quinn at your company. 4. The same advice applies to you. 5. 6.
The ABC’s of Collaboration (Editor’s Note: scroll down for graphical versions) In my book, Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization (Wiley) I define collaboration as follows: The unfettered allowance and encouragement of employees to both contribute and consume knowledge, insight or ideas with any direct relationship via professional or personal networks to achieve an outcome. If we were to elaborate on the definition, we might suggest there are ‘The ABC’s of Collaboration’: Accessible – Be approachable & available to your team & those who expect your insight & opinions.Benevolent – To be disposed and to want to do good is a key part of being collaborative with others.Challenge – Groupthink does not equal collaboration. There are two infographic versions of “The ABC’s of Collaboration” found below. I’m taking a writing break for the summer. Do you dare to share?
The end of bosses « FullStart 0inShare Published on October 14, 2013 in Knowledge by Walter Chen The most innovative tech companies today aren’t just inventing new technology, they’re also building totally new kinds of companies. Instead, these companies have a flat organizational structure of makers without a middle-management layer. How does anything get done? I admit that I was extremely skeptical about bossless companies when I first heard about them. What’s at stake can’t be understated. In place of hierarchy, authority and control, bossless companies run on accountability, autonomy and trust. How bossless companies do it 1. The essential ingredients of peer management like trust, accountability, peer feedback, and decision-making autonomy rely on transparency of information. Companies like Foursquare and Buzzfeed use a system called Google snippets, which is an internal database where every employee writes down what they’ve been getting done — as pioneered by Google. 2. 3.
Shared leadership Shared leadership is leadership that is broadly distributed, such that people within a team and organization lead each other. It has frequently been compared to horizontal leadership, distributed leadership, and collective leadership and is most contrasted with more traditional "vertical" or "hierarchical" leadership which resides predominantly with an individual instead of a group. Definitions Shared leadership can be defined in a number of ways, but all definitions describe a similar phenomenon – team leadership by more than only the appointed leader. Below are a few examples from researchers in this field: Background Though a relatively new phenomenon in the literature, the concept of shared leadership can actually be traced back several centuries. There are some earlier conceptualizations of shared leadership. The shift in this scholarly paradigm might partly be explained by looking at the rise of studies on teamwork. Measuring shared leadership Effects
Leadership Fables: The Frog, The Crab, and The Monkey | Leadership Coaching Blog | Elements of Leadership Blog By Calvin Guyer on June 28th, 2013 Leadership Fable: The Frog If you throw a frog into a boiling pot of water, the frog will fight for all of his life to get out. If, however, you put the frog into a pot of cold water then gradually increase the heat, the frog will adjust to his environment. Eventually, the warm water will zap him of his strength and when he finally figures that out he is too weak to fight. Leadership Fable: The Crab Put a crab in a bucket and he’ll try to get a claw on the edge of the bucket and pull himself out. Leadership Fable: The Monkey Researchers put six monkeys into a cage with a ladder and a bunch of bananas at the top. Which Leadership Fable Applies to Your Organization? Employees that are not engaged, or worse, actively disengaged, are like the frog in the pot of water. Look deeply within your organization and ask how these fables apply to you.
Collaborative Leadership What is collaborative leadership?Why practice collaborative leadership?When is collaborative leadership appropriate? Consider two communities' efforts to address teen pregnancy. In Putnam, the mayor decides that teen pregnancy is a problem, and that it makes the town look bad. The aide summons the members of the coalition to a meeting, explains what the mayor wants, and quickly gets it, over objections from one of the agency directors that the problem is complex and needs more exploration. Down the road in George City, a group of teen parents and parents of teens have also been meeting to talk about the teen pregnancy issue. The group is facilitated by the head of a youth leadership agency, a woman respected by both teens and the community. Would it surprise you to learn that, after two years, there had been no reduction - a slight increase, in fact - in the Putnam teen pregnancy rate? What is collaborative leadership? Collaborative problem-solving and decision-making. Buy-in.
The Importance of Eliminating Bad Behavior That Damages Your Culture “Ron, you know someone needs to talk to XXX because he does not know how to talk to people. He is so rude.” The other gentleman in my office said, “you have to realize that he has worked here for seven years in HR under XXX.” That statement changed the conversation immediately. Everyone knew that the person he mentioned was beyond difficult to work for. We have all run into these type bosses in our career. Learning from a bad boss I had a boss in a prior job that took pride in that approach. I have always felt that the greatest learning environment is working for a terrible boss. These type of activities undermine honesty and integrity at work. Employees feel comprised by the day-to-day hypocrisy and broken promises they frequently see. A little later, I got a call from a friend who is an executive head hunter who told me that my company was going to focus on looking outside and would not be considering internal candidates. A manager’s word is your bond. Listen closely to your troops
Collaborative leadership Collaborative leadership is a management practice which is focused on the leadership skills across functional and organizational boundaries. The term started to appear in the mid-1990s in response to the twin trends of the growth in strategic alliances between private corporations and the formation of long term public private partnership contracts to rebuild public infrastructure. Defining Collaborative Leadership In her 1994 Harvard Business Review article "Collaborative Advantage", Rosabeth Moss Kanter talks about leaders who recognize that there are critical business relationships "that cannot be controlled by formal systems but require (a) dense web of interpersonal connections…". And in a book published in that same year Chrislip and Larson looked at the attributes of great civic leaders in communities across the US and found some similar attributes. Key lessons for leaders Balanced motivations. Applications of collaborative leadership See also
Daniel Goleman's New Focus What’s your focus? How do you decide? Do feelings play a role? Daniel Goleman’s new book explores the research and practice of attention — which turns out to be a powerful tool to create positive change. Here’s why he wrote the book – and why it matters to those of us committed to emotional intelligence. I asked Dan about the origins of the book: “I’ve always been interested in attention; my earliest research at Harvard was on the retraining of attention to help people recover from stress. We’ve all experienced the link between attention and emotion. “In many approaches to EQ, including in Six Seconds’ approach, there is an ingredient of noticing how we notice, of developing new forms of focus. Dan and I will be holding a series of conversations about focus, emotions, leading, and living — and we’ll share these as an series of blog posts. The next part of our interview is here: Back in Focus Here’s FOCUS on Amazon.com - and the description of the book from the publisher: Related