One simply has to look at current business literature to see that the role of the leader in modern organisations has shifted. In today’s complex and volatile work environment, leaders are called upon to lead very differently to what their predecessors did.
“Leaders will no longer be seen as grand visionaries, all-wise decision makers, and ironfisted disciplinarians. Instead, they will need to become social architects, constitution writers, and entrepreneurs of meaning. In this new model, the leader’s job is to create an environment where every employee has the chance to collaborate, innovate, and excel.”
Gary Hamel (Moonshots for Management, HBR 2009 (https://hbr.org/2009/02/moon-shots-for-management)
There is a prevailing concept of the individualistic super-hero leader: who has the answers, is never wrong, and always in control. We expect leaders to be chess masters, seeing the whole board, expertly moving pieces around, and making every single decision.
However, the world has changed. Speed, interdependence, and complexity have created a world where no single individual can understand the adaptive challenges we face, nevermind have answers.
“Instead of directing chess pieces around the board and mulling over every single decision, leaders instead should act as gardeners— tending the environment, shaping the ecosystem, growing the organization that can adapt and win.” – General Stanley McChrystal
Most leaders realize that old ways of leading are simply not cutting it anymore, but are at a loss as to how to lead differently. They all know that world is volatile and uncertain, increasingly complex with seemingly endless trade-offs and paradoxes, but they are stuck in old mindsets and habits. Before leaders can think and act differently, they need to become aware of and question these assumptions so that more options become available to them. Often the only away to achieve this is through potentially disruptive learning experiences (not just exposure to new information).
We offer custom designed leadership journeys for leaders across all levels of the organisation from the C-suite and down. In these journeys we employ well-researched methods and practices from complexity theory, cognitive science and narrative practices. We combine these with disruptive elements for example:
- Think like a chef, not a recipe book user – We learn from the world of culinary sciences how to improvise in uncertainty
- Co-create and lead like a jazz-band leader – We learn from the arts (music, improv theatre or visual arts) to collectively improvise and cocreate novelty in uncertainty
- Create jungles, not zoos to enable coherent organisations and collective responsivenes – We reflect on the containing spaces we create in our organisations and if they are enabling or disabling. We learn from scientist who manage ecologies.
Each journey is a unique combination of theoretical input; practical application; transformative and disruptive experiences. We partner with the best local (and international) thought leaders and authors to deliver these custom designed journeys.
Contact us today to co-create a leadership journey for your leadership cohort.