Change is Inevitable Progress is Optional

October 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Leadership and more

Change is often discouraged or debated in organizations until there are no other options, and sometimes at great calamity. Tom Neff, my mentor, taught me that organizations must embrace and plan for change by choosing progress instead of letting inevitable change just happen to them. We have seen countless industries migrate through the revolutionary transitions of the last 25 years, and we have also observed others that have refused or fought change at every step.

Organizations and individuals that are paying attention, taking a leadership position and adapting choose to progress through their change paradigm and often succeed in becoming stronger, better companies. There is a great article about General Patreaus and his Adaptive Leadership style. Let’s face it, the military has gone through significant change and if you think they have relied on old style top down management style you are wrong. Give this article a read to learn about a great “soldier, scholar and statesman,” I hope it encourages you to choose progress during this time of change. Read more…

Web 2.0 and Servant Leadership

May 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Online and more

I have had several meetings with companies and organizations inquiring about the significance, if any, of Web 2.0 and how it applies to them. It has been very interesting that even some of those that are in the Gen F crowd, are technology oriented, and do not see the practical application of this mindset for building and growing their organizations. Over the years of doing turnarounds, I learned early on the benefits of free-form task force and project team approaches for transforming organizations; blowing past the top down hierarchy that typically constrains growth and progress. This approach is also at the core of the Web 2.0 empowerment. A company that harnesses this style will succeed by developing servant leadership, empowering and equipping its workforce and customers to contribute to the overall accomplishment.

This will require companies to reinvent their management practices by luring the most innovative members of the Facebook Generation and meeting their Web 2.0 based expectations. Management guru Gary Hamel writes. “On the Web, every leader is a servant leader; no one has the power to command or sanction.” At the Wall Street Journal Blogs, he has a good article highlighting the distinctions between “The Facebook Generation vs. the Fortune 500.”  Read Article…