Leadership is a service process


I hadn’t specifically considered the ‘leadership’ role as connecting the operational dots but, having identified the worst traits of ‘leaders’ in the prevailing culture, it is beneficial to reiterate the importance of effective information-flow amongst the constituent processes within an organisation.

We always need to remember that INTER-CONNECTED ISN’T INTERDEPENDENT and the most effective, resilient, systems ARE interdependent!

In the future executives are no longer meant to ‘occupy’ structures in order to use them for executing power and status, but are rather expected to create added value-oriented, sustainable processes and to understand leadership as a supportive service process. “The best companies are moving away from purely hierarchical organizational structures…

http://prmarketingcommunication.com/2012/10/16/leadership-is-a-service-process/

Agile or fragile?:: organizational complexity is a waste farm


This article is another example of a lesson for Organizations to be prepared for “exaptation”. I have mentioned (more than once!) about the “universality of systems” and that, organizations that are “too busy chopping wood to sharpen the axe” are doing themselves and their stakeholders a great dis-service. Why not consider and embrace, tried and tested, solutions from other sectors and disciplines…instead of sticking to management structures, that were designed to oversee people and linear processes…in the (now past) Industrial era?

15-Global ChallWe are now inter-connected components in a “Knowledge Economy”, existing in the Digital Age. The most successful Complex systems are those with an interdependent Operational Structure to “support” the effective exchange of information.

Even when unseen, we now appreciate the importance of effective information-flow within and among networks of systems. Although I vaguely recall reading that this isn’t a direct quote from Charles Darwin (I am happy to leave others to investigate that) THE message is clear. He wasn’t talking about organizations per se but he was talking about biological systems:

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.

Yeah we ALL know how tough trading is in the current climate! So, why exacerbate the problem by failing to observe information from the environment?

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