Complexity

The HOW Is More Important Than The WHAT

Standing at the foot of Mt. Everest.  No water.  No oxygen.  No proper equipment to speak of. Nevertheless, must get to the top.  And fast. Teaching and travelling around Asia in the second half of the 1990s, this is exactly how I felt on my return to t ...

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This Is Why Wicked Problems Require Radical Solutions

A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away… Shell Oil, the Catholic Church and the Communist Party represented an organizational reality that was fairly predictable – one where executives, priests and party chiefs could set objectives and manage in a ...

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7 Paradoxes Every Leader Must Master (part 2)

As discussed in part 1, modern leadership is full of paradoxes. To be an effective leader and people manager circa 2016 you have to be aware of the big ones. However, your biggies will look differently than mine. Nevertheless, if you lead with the Para ...

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7 Paradoxes Every Leader Must Master (part 1)

“The surf was your refuge, but it was also a hostile wilderness…” - William Finnegan Barbarian Days Like the surf, the modern leadership landscape is a paradox. According to INSEAD Emeritus Professor Paul Evans, it's a balancing act where leaders ha ...

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6 Powerful Behaviors to Facilitate Positive Change

Change comes about as a result of accepting what is, rather than a striving to be different (Beisser 1970). This was the key idea I presented in the LinkedIn Pulse article, "3 Powerful Steps to Embrace the Change Paradox". For any team leader or man ...