As the world’s best leaders develop strategies and business models to ensure growth in the volatile, unpredictable, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, leadership itself is evolving. Leaders are designing organizations strategically to create autopoietic systems (auto-poy-etic systems: life-sustaining systems that reproduce and perpetuate themselves automatically). When designed well, they cut waste and weed out unhealthy processes. Creating and maintaining autopoietic s
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects, “between 2014 and 2024, 36.4 million workers will enter the labor force, and 28.6 million will leave”. Its statistics reveal that the makeup of the workforce is changing; it is getting older. Considering the changes coming and the effects they will have on team power, leaders need to re-evaluate their current workgroup makeup. If the team mix doesn’t represent members from all stages of life and different skillsets, change it. St
Appreciative Inquiry (AI). It is a set of skills based on positive psychology and the idea of creating a safe environment where people feel free to share and contribute. It is a positive, healthy leadership strategy and all of the generations are drawn to it. America’s culture of freedom connects all the generations in the American workforce. Our free market system is what made our economy the greatest on earth. Current and emerging leaders should develop these skills. AI sk
Imagine it’s a typical day in the office, and Monday morning's 11:00 am team meeting has just ended...Bob and Bill, a Boomer and a Gen Xer leave angrily... “Bill, what heck the was that?! These damn Millennials are so arrogant it’s unbelievable, can you believe Arden just let his team run off at the mouth. Does he think he can come in here and take over?” Bill responds, “I hear ya, Bob. He’s the FNG! Who does he think he is? They all think they’re entitled to everything
Leaders can either empower teams and organizations or destroy them. Positive leadership skills fuel the engines of innovation and growth. Negative fear-based, micromanagement throttles creativity and chokes out team power.
Leadership is part art and part science. Great leaders are not born great. They learn the art and science of leadership over time, with experience, and through education. One of the most important ideas in leadership development is the concept of “Us
In one of Matthew McConaughey’s latest movies “The Englishmen,” the movie opens to a scene where he is sitting comfortably at a table in his pub. As the leader and kingpin of his organization, he feels extremely safe in his establishment. Then, in the background we see a silent assassin pull out a gun with a silencer, point it at McConaughey’s character Michael Pearson, a shot rings out, and the scene fades out (Richie, 2019). Unresolved conflict is a silent killer of lead