Drucker made it clear that leaders, managers, academics and researchers in the fields of organisations, management, communication and change need to challenge the very foundations and assumptions of their work. Roddick said “we went looking for employees, but people turned up instead.” The starting points for all organisations are people and values.
Imagine if you will – you’ve recently started a new role as General Manager. You’ve spent a few weeks listening to people and identifying success barriers and passion bleeders. You’ve introduced the team to the concept of radical management and started off on the journey to lay the foundations. And in Week 6 of your [...]
I was taken by the description to come out of the Stoos gathering, that “organisations can become learning networks of individuals creating value and that the role of leaders should include the stewardship of the living rather than the management of the machine.”
The evidence demonstrates that increasing the involvement of women has markedly beneficial effects on business, both short and long-term. Therefore you would think that Boards and senior management teams striving to do the best possible thing in the interests of the company and shareholders would be clamoring for much greater participation on Boards and in senior management for women.
Budget cuts, especially when they relate to labour cuts, have dramatically unkind impacts on the people in your organisation, their morale, the ability to get the work done. They result in long-term hardship to your people (or former people in the case of labour cuts) and their families, as well as having a broader impact on customers and communities. History tells us that budget cuts are often the beginning of the end for companies, leading to eventual closure, takeover or liquidation.
What does the ‘Spirit of Australia’ mean to you? Mateship, Aussie-battlers, Courage, Honesty, Diversity and Innovation. In times of crisis, we’re told a values audit can help. Will an Aussie icon respond or simply fall prey to the same old 20th century economic growth model before sliding into the mire?
The Leader’s Beacon is a very useful, thoughtful and practical contribution to the field of leadership. Professor Mick Dodson AM, Director – Australian National University (ANU) National Centre for Indigenous Studies and Australian of the Year 2009
The 55-minute guides are the antidote to most business books. A quick read, not a long slog. Focused on big ideas, not technical detail. Promoting joined-up thinking, not functional bias. Written to empower the reader, not to make the author look clever.
The Leader’s Beacon? Dr Martin Luther King Jr used the phrase “a great beacon light of hope” in his famous dream speech. Beacons are both symbolic and practical. They mark the final destination of journeys. They illuminate the path ahead and provide early warnings of possible dangers. They call people together to unite in taking great actions. And, in the case of radio beacons, they help us listen and respond to messages from others.
Even the best managed and planned businesses can experience corporate growing pains. Take this story a small business owner told us recently. He began his business almost 30 years ago with a partner. Soon after starting, they realised their industry had a limited life span because of the changing business environment. They felt the industry [...]
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