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Leading in a complex world (a collection)

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‘The Complexity Challenge’

By Chris Mowles

“Creating space for sitting and listening to difficult things…”

And

“Another skill I would say for a senior manager or leader is the ability to endure strong emotions – both yours and other peoples. … And to sit with the anxiety of not knowing how this is going to turn out.”

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Researching ‘transformational change’

By Chris Mowles

“I suspect the research has been commissioned on the understanding that transformational change is something which senior managers choose, and can, to a degree control.”

And

“How did they understand transformation?

This last question caused the most consternation, even if they had pre-identified their own projects as transformational: most of our respondents stuttered and stumbled.”

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Pragmatic Strategy

By Ikujiro Nonaka and Zhichang Zhu

“The Chinese kanji character 知 (know) is composed of an 矢 (arrow) which means to direct and command, and a 口 (mouth) which means to express and communicate. Hence, ‘know’ does not simply mean, as usually translated into English, to discover or comprehend a pre-given reality; it denotes coming to realise, make present, actualise a world. Knowledge is the process of experiencing and changing life conditions. The ‘product’ of this process is less about the nature of things –‘what is it?’ than about appropriate action –‘what is to be done?’”

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“Pragmatic strategy is the purposeful accomplishment of idealistic, informed, disciplined experimentations.”

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10 much-needed shifts in the way we think and talk about leadership

By Chris Rodgers

“Leadership would be recognized as an emergent property of people interacting together, not as an elite practice confined to those at the top of organizations (and of society more generally).”

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“The search for, and expectancy of, certainty and predictability would have been replaced by the valuing and practice of curiosity.”

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Conscious business — impact and implications for HR and OD

By Pete Burden and Rob Warwick

“There are many things we can do. These include:

  • noticing and challenging our habits of speech
  • learning to sense and understand our feelings more accurately
  • learning to inquire not just advocate
  • reaching out to new and different types of people who will have challenging conversations with us
  • modelling different ways to work with power.”

and

“Conscious Business is an invitation to inquire”.

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Why conversations matter

By Eerika Hedman

“We can also learn to re-wire our brains through the mindful changes we make in our relationships = our conversations.”

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“All the time we leave marks in each other’s stories, and those marks can boost our potential and expand our stories of ourselves. Or in the worst case, they can create limitations for our actions and invite the undesired ways of behaving.

So the next time you think you are ”just” having a chat or a conversation with someone, think again.”

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Six things you can stop worrying about as a leader and one thing that should keep you awake

By Chris Mowles

“So if you are a leader you are always a work in progress making it up as you go along with your colleagues. You won’t always know what to do, and that’s ok. One of the central tasks of leadership is how you work out what needs to be done together.”

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“You are highly unlikely to ‘transform’ anything if you mean by this that you can guarantee bringing about wholesale change for the good. Changes you make will bring about the expected, the unexpected and the unwanted. There will always be unintended consequences, and ‘success’ will depend upon who is judging and when the judgement is made.”

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