Posts Categorized: Leadership

7 guidelines for managing open networks

Ed Morrison, Advisor for the Purdue Center for Regional Development, says that many of the familiar approaches to management no longer apply, and goes on to provide 7 keys to guiding an open network. I have added my images that support this excellent set of rules. Click on each image for a link to the supporting… Read more »

Connected leadership is helping the network make better decisions

Organizations face more complexity in the type of work they do, the problems they face, and the markets they interact with. This is due to increasing connections between everyone and everything. To deal with this complexity, organizations must structure around loose hierarchies and strong networks. This challenges command and control management as well as the… Read more »

The future of management is talent development

What is the major difference between the scientific management framework that informed so many of our work practices, and the new management requirements for the connected enterprise in the network age? Frederick Winslow Taylor started with a basic assumption about the difference between labour and management. Labour was stupid and management was intelligent. Now one… Read more »

Connected leadership is not the status quo

What is connected leadership? It’s not the status quo. Stephen Downes provides a succinct counterpoint to certain popular leadership literature, especially “great man” theories. ‘Leadership’ is the trait people who have been successful ascribe as the reason for their success. It is one of those properties that appears to be empirically unverifiable and is probably… Read more »

Leadership by Example

Leadership training usually does not work. It seems that leadership coaching and mentoring is not that effective either. In a survey of 200 CIOs, only one leadership-development technique–mentoring or coaching–was rated as highly successful or successful by at least 50 percent of respondents. All others were rated as not successful or only somewhat successful by… Read more »

Connected leadership

How is leadership in a hyper-connected workplace different? It’s been an ongoing conversation here, as this comment by Stephen Downes, on leadership as an emergent property, provides a counterpoint to certain popular leadership literature, especially “great man” theories. ‘Leadership’ is the trait people who have been successful ascribe as the reason for their success. It… Read more »

The Connected Workplace

Today’s digitally connected workplace demands a completely new set of skills. Our increasing interconnectedness is illuminating the complexity of our work environments. More connections create more possibilities, as well as more potential problems. On the negative side, we are seeing that simple work keeps getting automated, like automatic bank machines. Complicated work, for which standardized… Read more »

Loose hierarchies for knowledge management

Knowledge-sharing practices are highly contextual. I have seen this with clients in multiple locations, across national borders. This makes sense when you consider that knowledge sharing is deeply personal as well as social, so it reflects the larger culture and the particular workplace. A 2011 study (via David Gurteen) concluded that even in the same… Read more »

From ideas to ideology

Charles Green wrote a few years ago that management is still fighting the industrial revolution: Ideas lead technology. Technology leads organizations. Organizations lead institutions. Then ideology brings up the rear, lagging all the rest—that’s when things really get set in concrete. So basically, ideas are enabled by new technology around which new organizations are created…. Read more »