Supporting change

butterfly

Please don’t change!  You’ll be easier to manage. That’s not something that is heard often.  People may say that they are ready for change but is an organization ready for that change to occur? People evolve over time and as they gather experience.  The leadership challenge is to figure out how to support people as they continue to evolve.

In irons

mast of a sailboat

A sailboat that is in irons is pointed into the wind and has no forward momentum.  Getting out of this predicament typically involves letting the boat drift backward with the rudder turned to one side or another.  Eventually, the boat will turn so that the sail can catch the wind again. When you’ve stagnated or hit a plateau, sometimes it’s … Read More

Relationships

agriculture

This is a quote by Phillip Evans on p. 294 of Walter Kiechel’s The Lords of Strategy that I come back to on occasion. “In this emerging world,” according to Evans, “the key way to think about competitive advantage is to think about how to design an ecology in such a way to achieve goals you’re trying to pursue. To say that … Read More