Thursday
May072015

FUTURES THINKING ENHANCES LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS

I use futures thinking tools and methodologies in my leadership work with executives as a means for them to achieve the results required of them. When we look at the correlations to Leadership Effectiveness of ‘The Leadership Circle’ we notice how important it is to be Purposeful and Visionary in creating your Strategic Focus to Achieve Results through well thought out and Decisive action.

The timeframe for futures thinking and strategy development depends on the purpose you have given for your self or for someone, as the client is always an individual not an organisation.  The outcomes sought are to help individuals to focus on their own actions to support them to take responsibility for innovation and creation by becoming more comfortable with taking some risk and to provide relevant data that identifies issues or trends that may not have been considered.  Then as a group, going forward collectively to think about and map out what happens today versus what you want in the future, and how you might work better together to build a work environment supportive of change and innovation.

 Effective strategies arise from the concept of emergence.  There are no ranks all is open, multiple paradigms coexisting.   Futures thinking and strategy development is a devise for perception and reconceiving.  One of the benefits of futures work is in stimulating your thought processes by getting people to ask questions that they may not have asked before within the context of not knowing the answers and not being required to know the answers.  Futures thinking then moves from accomplishing goals to being an asset in exploration as plausibility is a co-created construct between people.  Scenarios should not be best case/worst case.  They should all have good and bad and should all be considered.

Scenarios are word pictures of plausible futures that challenge us to be proactive in identifying risks and opportunities and developing strategies and policies to address those challenges. Futures thinking as narrative employs dramatic tension to drive thinking towards innovation and insight. Purpose of using futures thinking and scenarios is more important than the implementation.  Through good Systems Awareness if you have the purpose and reason for scenarios and strategies than the implementation will be natural.

The test of good/bad scenarios is did the work produce the client’s needs?  1/3rd of the work is in producing scenarios and at least 2/3rd is in understanding what they are for and how they can be used.  This 2/3rd to 4/5th is the work upfront which is very important.  

Thursday
Nov062014

Using Scenarios to Effect Change

Scenario is a narrative device, employing dramatic tension to drive thinking towards innovation and insight. Purpose of using scenarios is more important than the implementation.  If you have the purpose and reason for scenarios than the implementation will be natural.

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Monday
Sep152014

TEAM OF RIVALS

In this Blog I review some key insights from Doris Kearn Goodwin's fantastic historical study of the political and leadership genius of Abraham Lincoln. For me, Lincoln emerges from these pages not just as a highly effective change agent, but as a truly great human being. I draw some parallel lessons from his leadership and the approaches which we advocate on our own leadership programs.

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Monday
Sep152014

LEADERSHIP CREAM RISES TO THE TOP (IF WE LET IT)

I am loading a number of Blogs and Articles today. Apologies to those who have registered for Executive Summaries but have already received any of these pieces of writing. In this Blog I argue that most of the senior managers with whom I have worked over the past twenty years have a natural, intrinsic ability and passion for leadership. It is the challenge for those individuals, and the job of their organisations and good leadership development programs, to allow and encourage that leadership cream to rise to the top. I will also be loading some Articles which I have written this year, including "Leaders and the Stockholm Syndrome" and "Creativity is Making More From Milk". All these Blogs and Articles can be accessed for free by taking the thirty seconds to register at this website by clicking the top right hand corner of this page.

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Friday
Mar282014

THE CANE TOAD SYNDROME

The ‘Cane Toad Syndrome’ is what happens when experts come up with ideas to solve a particular problem, but by doing so create a much bigger problem.  We need experts in particular fields for many reasons such as intricate health related surgery, flying airplanes, solving human, animal and planet related problems. However, it is important to realize that a person being an expert in one particular discipline does not mean that person is an expert in all things. 

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