If there is one thing that is buzzing in leadership circles in social media, it is that building an innovative, agile culture is key to remaining viable, surviving disruptive change, and thriving.
Consider Loose – Tight leadership by rightsizing your grip.
Grip the steering wheel too tightly and the result can be crushed creativity, stifled innovation and minimal risk taking. You also ward away the energy from your renegades that bring productive tension to your organization. Grip too loosely, and fragmentation, de-acceleration and multiple leaders heading in different directions can crop up.
Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip. ~ Barbara Tuchman
- 1) First followership: Early success with classic leader sponsorship, including supporting first followers as equals, is key to building change and innovation momentum. A video that illustrates this simply and elegantly is below:
- 2) Connection to your audience as a system: Kia’s market share continues to climb in the car market (at the time of this post.) It’s impressive, even keeping in mind the Japan disasters of late. Their innovative, cool ad campaigns are a part of their success.
To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. ~ Agnes De Mille
With the United States holiday, Halloween date of this post, this video gives perspective on tuning into your audience system. In this case the audience is young, hip, colorful, wanting high value for low cost, gaming & sci-fi friendly.
What stops the battle & mayhem in this colorful ad (besides the Hollywood script)? How is this a stop and GRIP moment, loose or tight in your role working with leadership or serving as a leader? (The dancing just got a bit cooler too.)
A loose – tight grip is a form of strategy agility: I’ve described this in previous blog posts (post 1 detailed, post 2.) Suffice it to say here that following ANY plan exactly (tight) can be what is essential to success through change resistance, as well as distinguishing the tyranny of an agenda or a too-rigid plan that must be adjusted or reinvented based on mid-course check-in and new information (loose).
Video of Deb’s grip on the wheel, flying
Having the judgment to continuously cultivate your loose-tight adaptability is a leader differentiator. This is the new path replacing strategic planning.
Dancers are the messengers of the gods. ~ Martha Graham
Also consider this useful leadership (pilot’s) right action checklist question for making the space for innovation:
What are the right actions
- to be implemented at the right time,
- with the right people,
- in the right space,
- with the right resources,
- to get the right results?
(Credit, executive coach, Mike Jay.) I say a bit more about the coaching approach I use on the REVELN coaching page here.
- What is your perspective on first follower-ship and influence?
- What is your approach to the use of power especially considering Peter Drucker’s “there’s no such thing as leadership” which I’ve excerpted here?
As always, I thank you for stopping by and sharing your time exploring topics of successful, healthy organizations and their people and systems. Your comments enrich the learning.
Note: This post was originally posted in 2011 here and was updated in 2013 and 2018 with the addition of additional leadership references.
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