David Marquet is the submarine captain who turned the ship around by treating his entire crew as leaders, not followers. He vowed never to give an order. This is an example on how to release the passion, initiative, and intellect of everyone on the team. The submarine crew continued to do well long after his […]
Eco-leadership is leadership for networked and inter-dependent organizations. The term was coined by Simon Western in 2008. He challenges the notion of the individual or hero leader. Eco-leadership is a distributed leadership approach based on connectivity, networking, and adaptivity.
Here is a thought provoking tweet by Sïmon Saneback revealing huge cultural differences. The question is whether the boss should have all the answers? The answer is yes (77%) in India, maybe (46%) in the UK, and no (7%) in Sweden.
The secret behind Sweden’s gold medals in the cross-country skiing team relays at Sochi 2014 is said to be hard work. I think the true secret is the use of consent! Here are two quotes (my translation into English): “We’ve basically made the decisions ourselves all the time and then we’ve had a team behind […]
Andreas Björkman skriver på viaplay.se om hemligheten bakom Sveriges framgångar i skidspåren vid vinter-OS i Sotji 2014 och citerar Johan Olsson och Rikard Grip. “Vi har fått bestämma i stort sett hela tiden och sedan har vi haft ett team bakom som har vågat lita på vår erfarenhet och gett oss resurserna“, säger Johan Olsson. […]
Gary Hamel provides suggestions on how unpack self-management in his new book What Matters Now. Why bother? Well, here is the upside of self-management from What Matters Now, pages 223-225: More initiative – people do help each other if given the opportunity, initiative flourishes More expertise – people do take responsibility for the quality of […]
In a previous post I asked (in Swedish) whether management is needed? My answer is yes, self-management, or as I would rather put it, self-organizing. The follow-up question then is how do you enable self-management? Gary Hamel has a number of suggestions in his book What Matters Now, pp. 212—217: Make the mission boss Let […]
Kevin Kruse summarizes different views on authentic leadership in his Forbes article from May 12, 2013. According to him, most theorists agree that authentic leaders: Are self-aware and genuine. Are mission driven and focused on results. Lead with their heart, not just their minds. Focus on the long-term. Inspired by Petra Kuenkel (Mind & Heart) […]
Steve Tappin contemplates and celebrates Nelson Mandela’s legend by listing seven profound leadership lessons that we can learn from him: Master your meaning and your emotions Treat the losers with dignity and turn them into partners Shift perspectives through symbolism and shared experiences Embody the spirit of Ubuntu Everybody feels bigger in your presence Build […]
I occasionally see suggestions that business leaders should act more like orchestra conductors. The idea being that you as a leader should guide your business like a conductor leads an orchestra. Well, you shouldn’t! When asked if the orchestra conductor is a good role model for business leaders, Ben Zander, a conductor himself, answered: “It’s […]