New Leadership Literacies

Lead Change Blog

The tired practices of centralized organizations will become brittle in a future where authority is radically decentralized. To get ready for this future, we will all need new leadership literacies. The post New Leadership Literacies appeared first on Lead Change.

9 Reasons Your Leadership Development Program is Failing

Nathan Magnuson

companies invest over $2,000 in leadership development initiatives per company leader. Just because an organization has a leadership development program doesn’t mean it’s successful, does it? No Organizational Leadership Vision.

Leadership and Mentoring

N2Growth Blog

Leadership and mentoring go hand-in-hand. If you accept this premise as correct, then why is it that so many in positions of leadership fall woefully short in successfully transferring the benefits of their wisdom and experience to others?

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Beyond The Basics: The 10 Best Ways To Fine-Tune Your Leadership

Terry Starbucker

Now that you’ve absorbed the 8 basic principles of More Human Leadership , learned the 10 immutable laws that go with them, and truly know the difference between a boss and a leader , it’s now time to dig a little deeper. Leadership

Future Leadership

Marshall Goldsmith

Are there “best” ways to develop current and future leaders? Who will design, manage, and deliver world-class leadership programs? Leadership development is becoming closely aligned with and used to support corporate strategy. Issues such as globalization, decentralization, and the rapid pace of today’s marketplace have forced companies to evaluate the way they operate. Focus on human resources development and business experience.

“Leadership is Marketing” – Peter Drucker Said What?

Tanveer Naseer

Byrne’s list of Drucker’s major accomplishments included: Introducing the idea of decentralization, a concept that became basic to every large organization in the world. However, for a long time he seemed to acknowledge its importance, but ignored the concept of leadership. Drucker Avoided Leadership. at First In his first book devoted entirely to management Drucker wrote: “Leadership is of upmost importance. He actually called leadership a “marketing job.”

6 Ways Leaders Can Dial up the Level of Value in the Workplace

Michael Lee Stallard

Decentralize decision making. Many firms over the last hundred years decentralized decision making. Decentralization gained momentum when Peter Drucker persuaded Alfred P. to decentralize decision making at General Motors Corporation.

How to Optimally Align IT with Your Business Processes?

Strategy Driven

For the IT architecture to be effective, it should be between centralized and decentralized. Balance between Centralization and Decentralization. To apply and appropriate balance between centralization and decentralization, the information pyramid can be implemented.

Top CEO Challenges


In reviewing recent surveys of top leaders by The Conference Board, Bain, World Economic Forum the six most significant and top challenges CEOs face that need to be addressed by organizations are: Attracting, Growing and Retaining trustworthy and capable Leadership. By: Gary Cohen.

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Commanding Excellence with Purpose, Passion, and Ingenuity

Leading Blog

What made these organizations stand out was the simplicity of their leadership driven by an absolute clarity of purpose, empowered obsession, and unleashed creativity. After that, all distractions were eliminated or deliberately deemphasized, and a playbook was developed to codify the mission.

A New Era for Global Leadership Development

Harvard Business Review

The realities of globalization, with increasing emphasis on emerging markets, present corporate leaders with enormous challenges in developing the leaders required to run global organizations. This approach worked relatively well for companies selling standard products in developed markets, but as multinationals transition into truly global organizations relying on emerging markets for growth, it's far from adequate. That requires developing many leaders capable of working anywhere.

Care for a white-water ride?

N2Growth Blog

Because of the complexities, we can always find excuses: Organizational developments did not always have the impact as expected, or employees/leaders turned out to be less suitable for the job than hoped for. Developments of global network organizations.

Nathan Magnuson's New Book Teaches, Inspires And Builds Your Confidence

Eric Jacobson

Then, the new kindle book, Ignite Your Leadership Expertise: Become the Trusted Advisor Others Seek , by Nathan Magnuson , is the book for you. With 10 leadership topics and easy to read within two hours, this book will both teach you and inspire you. New to your leader role?

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Creating Great Choices

Leading Blog

The idea is to create a two-sided dilemma from a general problem like whether to use a centralized structure versus a decentralized structure or consumer needs versus shareholder expectations. Of Related Interest: How to Develop Integrative Thinking.

Culture Counts

Leading Blog

I was struck not only by their disciplined approach but also by their freedom to discover, develop and design within broad operating parameters—conditions I did not typically associate with large, for-profit corporations.

Extreme Ownership

Leading Blog

Extreme Ownership by Navy SEAL officers Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is about leadership as personal responsibility. This is why we see little change in leadership and organizational culture. Leadership isn’t one person leading a team. Here are some thoughts from that section: One of the most important jobs of any leader is to support your own boss—you immediate leadership.

YESability: Driving Growth with Yes

Leading Blog

What is required is leadership at all levels—“one that enables employees at all levels to solve problems and seize opportunities autonomously and instantaneously.”. Then relies heavily on centralized control and specialization, whereas now relies heavily on decentralized autonomous action.” YESability is important for developing leaders at all levels. Strive always to say yes to customers. * * * Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas.

What Great Leaders Have in Common


Developing Leadership Skills: What Do Great Leaders Have in Common? The Leadership Challenge. From their research, Kouzes and Posner identified five common factors in taking approaches to leadership. PEAK Leadership. Ontology of Leadership.

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How Chinese Companies Can Develop Global Brands

Harvard Business Review

To many skeptical consumers in developed markets, Brand China still means lower quality. China leads all emerging markets with 89 companies on the latest Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s largest.

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Do You Speak the Language of Performance Driven Execution?

N2Growth Blog

Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth. But to the surprise of most leaders today, increasing overall performance has become a complex, and in some cases, a Bermuda Triangle-like mysterious process that continues to baffle even the smartest people in the field of leadership and change. The combination of these six words, derived from Latin, translates into an executable language leaders can use to overcome the challenges in overall organizational performance and development.

Transforming a Management System – A Case Study From the Madison Wisconsin Police Department

Curious Cat

This post in an excerpt from The Quality Leadership Workbook for Police by Chief David Couper and Captain Sabine Lobitz ( buy via Amazon ). The New Quality Leadership Workbook for Police. Step 3: Teach Quality Leadership. Train all organizational leaders in Quality Leadership.

How to Expedite Innovation: Communication Loops & Red-Tape-Worms

Mike Cardus

Below is from the Exponent Leadership Process – Created to make you the reason people continue great work and stay with your company. Excessive ‘decentralization’ or ‘centralization’. If you are a manager you know that challenges can be overcome by solid people and systems.

7 CEO Success Tips – How To Be A Better Leader

N2Growth Blog

Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth. By now, we all know that leadership is tough, hard, exciting and demanding. They must be willing to decentralize their decision?making Leaders must work to develop Shared Consciousness and Purpose to ensure the right people are in place and are poised to provide a broad spectrum of response options should the Future Picture interests ever be threatened. Leadership Operations & Strategy Success CEO Coach Damian D.

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The New World of Beta Curation

Strategy Driven

The other, smaller and rarer, is decentralized, horizontal, and inclusive. The increased communication and collaboration required of Beta organizations demand a new style of leadership and career planning. Leadership actions that are not an option for leaders.

4 Lessons from the Toyota Crisis

Leading Blog

It’s not about PR strategies, or charismatic leadership, or vision, or any specific action by any individual. Thoroughly consider alternative solutions, then pick a path, develop a detailed plan, and execute with discipline and energy. Lesson 3: Even the Best Culture Develops Weaknesses. To survive the weaknesses that inevitably develop, a corporate culture has to have clear and objective standards, codified in such a way that self-correction is possible.

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Happiness and Hierarchies


One of the developing branches of psychology is the study of happiness: positive psychology. Zappos does this through a rigorous career development process, whereby employees can choose their career, enlist in training programs that serve as prerequisites for those positions, and be assured that the will eventually move along the career path they desire. Leadership hsieh organizational Design positive psychology verme

Laying Groundwork: How Do Leaders Create Positive Company Culture?


Sometimes this distancing happens gradually, and sometimes it happens quickly–soon after a bad hire, a failure of leadership, or a divisive decision/event. Leadership Innovation (Work different). Leadership Innovation: The Questions Leaders Ask. Corporate Culture.

Imagine a Future Where Africa Leapfrogs Developed Economies

Harvard Business Review

After gathering “signals” about a variety of future and emerging trends, the project leadership generated several plausible scenarios about the future of R&D worth exploring further. In one scenario, Africa leapfrogs the developed world to become a manufacturing and economic powerhouse. Unsaddled by legacy power grids and factories, Africa then leapfrogs the rest of the world in the development of a new economy and leads the 21st century in growth and innovation.

Two Easy Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

Michael Lee Stallard

This concept helps maximizing employee potential by encouraging trust through transparency, decentralizing decision-making and inverting the organizational hierarchy.

Marketing Success | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Leadership : There are a number of ways to get in trouble here…poor leadership, no leadership, or fractionalized leadership can all be quite problematic.

The Real Reasons Companies Are So Focused on the Short Term

Harvard Business Review

In particular, there are three widespread, interrelated structural trends that have fostered short-termism and reduced corporate innovativeness: increased hiring of outside CEOs (particularly from the late 1980s through the 2008 recession); the decentralization of R&D (over a similar time frame); and a focus on the “development” side of R&D rather than the “research” side. Instead of decentralizing R&D, recentralize it.

Case Study: Adopting a Deming Management System in a Service Company

Deming Institute

Roadway established these goals for its quality teams: improve organizational productivity, improve employee satisfaction, develop employee capabilities through leadership and training, and improve communication by reducing frustration and conflicts.

3 Values of Teamwork

Ron Edmondson

Home About Consulting Church Family Leadership Navigation: Home » Leadership » 3 Values of Teamwork 3 Values of Teamwork January 25, 2011 in Leadership , Organizational Leadership , Team Leadership with 4 Comments Recently I was asked a question regarding how we handle set-up on Sunday mornings. Brings more people to the table – We like to plug people into leadership roles quickly.

Limit Cyberattacks with a System-Wide Safe Mode

Harvard Business Review

To stay ahead of new intrusion techniques, companies need to adopt decentralized cybersecurity architectures, armed with intelligent mechanisms that will either automatically disconnect from a breached system or default to a “safe mode” that will enable them to operate at a reduced level until the effects of cyberattacks can be contained and corrected. So far, it seems that companies pay little heed to cybersecurity during product development.

Why Leaders Don’t Embrace the Skills They’ll Need for the Future

Harvard Business Review

The consultant has a solution: decentralize. We’re too decentralized. We see this play out over and over in two contrasting styles of leadership. ” Human development is about progressively seeing more. amriphoto/Getty Images. Innovative. Agile. Collaborative.

What It Takes to Think Deeply About Complex Problems

Harvard Business Review

A detailed plan to decentralize. Three years later the CEO calls the consultant back in, worried that decision making has become too decentralized. Early in childhood, we begin to develop an internal narrative about how the world works and what we think is true. “In complex systems,” says leadership consultant Zafar Achi, “there is no recipe, only art.” hh5800/Getty Images.

Three Hard Lessons From September 11

Harvard Business Review

As they grow and achieve success, businesses, non-profit organizations, and governmental bureaus all develop the processes by which they solve the problems that they face on a daily basis. This is how MIT's Edgar Schein defines an organization's culture, as the set of habits that an organization has developed for accomplishing its repeated tasks. military to execute the deliberate strategies that were developed at the military's highest ranks. Leadership development Militar

6 Myths About Empowering Employees

Harvard Business Review

The highest performing teams in the military perform in highly decentralized, and empowered ways. Leadership Coaching Developing employeesWhen Dr. Stephen R.

The 2010 Execution Round-Up: Six Companies That Couldn't 'Get It.

Strategy Driven

It appears Toyota’s decentralized structure, which served it well for many years, turned into a liability as the company continued to grow and dominate worldwide markets. It developed the NOOK and has devoted significant space in its retail stores to display and promote it, and it has a broad online library. StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D.

Good Strategy Execution Requires Balancing 4 Tensions

Harvard Business Review

When a detailed cost assessment identified significant savings potential, executive leadership boldly added another five percentage points to the target. The successful but challenging experience of a large pharmaceutical company illustrates the tension between top-down and decentralized change efforts. Ultimately, leadership managed to strike a balance across these areas, continuing to drive the change effort while soliciting contributions of a broad set of managers and staff.

We Still Don’t Know the Difference Between Change and Transformation

Harvard Business Review

I could cite similar examples of other companies successfully executing discrete change initiatives, like introducing a new performance management system, shifting from decentralized to centralized marketing support, and utilizing new personal productivity tools. Change management Leadership

How Companies, Governments, and Nonprofits Can Create Social Change Together

Harvard Business Review

Developed alongside business magnate Nandan Nilekani, “ the biggest social project on the planet ” relies on community-operated Common Service Centers (CSCs) and local entrepreneurs to deliver programs and share in the profits. In researching and testing these commonalities, we developed a new management framework for effective cross-sector partnerships, and a clear method for measuring success. Manage people effectively through decentralized teams across organizations.

Decoding Intuition for More Effective Decision-Making

Harvard Business Review

a large ($22B) Brazilian conglomerate, the CEO and founder's grandson, Marcelo Odebrecht and the rest of the company's leadership are dedicated to upholding the company's core values: trust and partnership. Decentralize operations. Decentralize strategy. To build a new management team he could rely on (ROT — People #3), Amelio demoted a man who had contributed much to the development of Legend, someone the Chinese refer to as a "made man."