As the technology age moves us along, innovation has been heralded as one of the few growth spaces left, and the power of community, think social media, is the other.
Do they blend?
Does creativity have a place in how this can happen?
Enter change. It is important to keep change leadership and innovation separate, but related and integrated so that both qualities assist in successful realization of an organization’s mission & aspirations through taking advantage of the yearnings of its current and future talent.
Sometimes this is really about:
Oh, you 10+ years employees. You were cool when you were young and energetic, but now we’d really prefer to get more new-thinking, young things in here.
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.
Leverage is a reason that leaders use when choosing to work in collaboration as well as hire consultants, who have the skills of helping leaders see multiple perspectives. This is especially an asset when dealing with difficult, complex, even wicked problems.
This quote rings true in our experience with change projects: “If knowledge is power, clandestine knowledge is power squared; it can be withheld, exchanged, and leveraged.” ~ Letty Cottin
Happy Social Media Day! It’s a great day to share learning about on-line communities. Pam covers the opportunities and challenges you may encounter in finding a good fit and taking right action in find the right relationships on-line, as well as the a social media culture & style that works for you.
John Kotter, a change management thought leader of yore and Harvard professor emeritus, has written books that have helped manage change. He reminds us that the following quote underscores the need to lead from the side and the rear as well as from the front.
A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, his troops will feel they did it themselves.
There are many change management trends from the first decade of the 21st century that I imagine Dr. Kotter has negotiated in his long career. As I prepared for an Association of Change Management Practitioners conference at the time of writing this post, including editing new videos with change leaders, I wanted to share some of John Kotter’s gems. Below is an excerpt, that highlights some common assumptions about how leaders approach change, still as relevant in the second decade, as they were in the first:
The conventional decide-execute model handles large changes very poorly.
The terms “letting go” and “letting come,” captured my imagination as Theory U arrived on scene several years ago. The compelling nature of the U model visual added to its allure.
The concepts that Theory U features are intended to help leaders and managers in the public and private sector break through unproductive patterns of behavior. This includes breaking through barriers of ignoring their own staff and clients wisdom and other maladies that produce ineffective patterns of decision making.
To understand innovation and entrepreneurship, listen to Saras Saravathy, Associate Professor – Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. She speaks on how to be successful in business, starting with “entrepreneurship is teachable.” She has also been featured on TEDxMidAtlantic.
Summary: In this session we explored the science and application of synchronicity and other means of meaning making. What is the place of synchronicity in how we facilitate change and transition? This session will explore how we help ourselves, and therefore help data from the field of existence emerge. Theory U is a tool, a method and way of seeing and facilitating change, which invites data to emerge through shared meaning making helping co-create and sustain the change process.
What is Theory U?
Its originator, Otto Scharmer, says it is three things. It is a:
1) Framework describing a change process.
2) Method for effecting change personally and organizationally, in communities and globally.
3) Description of phenomena in the world – what is naturally happening.
Participants will be able to:
Define the concept of synchronicity
Identify C.G. Jung’s role in developing the principle
Understand how Theory U helps data to emerge
Engage groups to create shared meaning referencing Theory U
Understand how shared meaning influences change processes
If the concept of synchronicity is unfamiliar, we highly recommend reading:
Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle by C.G. Jung or
The 7 Secrets of Synchornicity (Your Guide to Finding Meaning in Signs Big and Small) by Trish and Rob MacGregor
Here are the updated blog links to read more about what we covered in the session: