Tag Archives: organizational change

Leading in a VUCA World:
LeadershipTransformation First

How can leaders prepare for leadership in a VUCA world? That’s the term for a business environment full of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. In order to lead organizational change, first leaders must engage in personal leadership transformation. There’s no doubt that doing business has changed rapidly just in the last five years, and there’s […]
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Complexity at Work:
Welcome to the 24/7 World of VUCA

If you find that the complexity and pace of business is accelerating, you’re not alone. While we have invented many time-saving tools to help us manage work in a 24/7 world, sometimes it can feel like we’re swimming as fast as we can just to keep pace. Getting ahead is another challenge. When’s the last […]
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Unleashing Employee Engagement:
It’s Up to You as a Leader

When you think about it, inspiring and unleashing employee engagement should be the  number one job of managers. Ask any manager, however, they’ll tell you their biggest job is managing people, putting out fires, and tracking performance. It’s not surprising that people who are truly engaged in their work account for only 15% to 30% […]
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Reinventing Work:
Putting Values and Purpose First

In my recent series of posts on reinventing work, I’ve been exploring both past and present organizational models. What new trends are emerging in how we manage people? Is there a better way than what we’re doing now? Some say we’re ready to change how we work. In particular, Frederic Laloux in the book  Reinventing […]
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4 Misperceptions About Self-Management

I’m starting to open my eyes to new models for organizations. In my work as a consultant to businesses, it’s clear that each time we solve a problem of people working together, we create others in its wake. Corporations are getting ever more complicated. One thing I keep reading and asking about is this: Is […]
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Self-Management: The Future of
Working Together?

Is it even possible to run a 7,000 person business using self-management principles? Apparently yes, and quite successfully. If we’re going to successfully reinvent organizations for the future, we need to take a serious look at the way we manage people and work together. As Einstein saw it, we can’t solve problems using the same […]
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A Brief History of Organizations

I’ve been reviewing concepts in an interesting book that looks at the history of organizations. I believe that if we’re going to find better ways of working together in organizations, we’ll need to revise the assumptions that we’ve been using for managing people. Author Frederic Laloux looks at stages of organizational development throughout human history, […]
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Reinventing Organizations:
Free of Politics, Full of Meaning

Can we reinvent organizations free of politics, bureaucracy and infighting; free of stress and burnout; free of resignation, resentment, and apathy; free of the posturing at the top and the drudgery at the bottom? This is the big question posed by Fredric Laloux in his book Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by […]
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Reinventing Work: What Would Healthy Organizations Look Like?

I have been hearing about a book with breakthrough ideas about reinventing work in a completely new way: Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness, by Frederic Laloux. I’ve started reading it and I want to share some of the ideas with you because it may be […]
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21st Century Leadership: The Upside of Narcissism

Is it time to consider the value of CEOs with strong personalities: bold, visionary, radical and even narcissistic leadership? The great accomplishment of [Steve] Jobs’s life is how effectively he put his idiosyncrasies – his petulance, his narcissism, and his rudeness – in the service of perfection. ~ Malcolm Gladwell I’ll tell you why narcissistic […]
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