Leadership in the past was simple. Keep the shareholders happy by both protecting and increasing positive cashflow. This was an efficiency play. As an employee, if you were not prepared to simply mimic a component day in day out, you were considered an organisational threat.Whilst most people have lives, or even lifestyles to fund, they […]
These posts focus on the disrupted nature of leadership as we transition to the age of disruption.
In a recent post I emphasised the importance of failure in the innovation process. My engagements suggest that whilst leaders understand this, they struggle with putting it into practice. It’s in our nature to want to remain in our comfort zone, particularly if stepping outside it might have a high reputational cost. Disruption is not […]
Agile isn’t enough There is a lot of talk about creating agile organisations. For sure, agile is better than arthritic. When faced with a grizzly bear, my odds of surviving are improved if I am agile. I can duck and weave the bear’s flailing claw strikes. Plus, I can study grizzly bear anatomy and ursine […]
Tribal expulsion, anyone?Culture is the binding agent that endeavours to minimise wasteful friction within a social group. If you want to be part of this group you will need to behave in a particular manner. And if you don’t, you will be drummed out of the tribe. Knowing that tribal expulsion was a death sentence […]
You likely clicked on this post because you believe technology is the vaccine against the disruption that we are all facing. Or perhaps, you have already made that decision and are looking to fine tune your approach?
The Harvard Business Review website has circa 13k references to ‘vision’. It also has around 13k of references to ‘strategy’. But of course the HBR has been around for a century and a lot has happened since its founding, including the seismic transition from the industrial to the digital / human / social etc epoch. […]
The digital tsunami threatened to destroy business models and create new ones. And it did. However some leaders have side-stepped it through operating in markets that they essentially controlled or whose business models were so niche that that they were immune from macroeconomic forces. Some leaders are presiding over businesses on life support. It is […]
To understand what defines a super-resilient leader, we first need to understand what we mean by the term ‘leader’. Some definitions: Leader – the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country. Lead – causing a person (or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, […]
As a species, we are no strangers to augmentation. It was a significant day, when we first picked up that rock for the purposes of doing something, or someone. On that day, it dawned on us that our performance was no longer limited to our own mental and physical attributes. Since then we have been […]
Back in the day There was a time when people would stumble across a market-pleasing idea and convert it into a successful business. Having created the machinery to convert raw material into what the market was happy to pay for, the focus of the business turned towards profit maximisation. Typically three levers could be pulled […]