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Unmasking the Leadership Myth

Introduction

The concept of ‘leader’ is hardwired into our brains.  Our life experiences, first with parents then teachers then managers, instil in us the unquestioned concept that social structures need a leader. 

This paper builds on some of the concepts outlined in my previous post, entitled ‘Trapped in an evolutionary time-warp: how human genetics sabotage modern organisations’ .

The management literature and its associated supports (MBA’s,…

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Added by Ian Plowman on July 10, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Trapped in an evolutionary time-warp: how human genetics sabotage modern organisations

Trapped in an evolutionary time-warp: how human genetics sabotage modern organisations

“Thus, the task is, not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.”

Arthur Schopenhauer: 1851

Modern organisations are a human creation.  This design is anchored by genetics and has prevailed for thousands of years. …

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Added by Ian Plowman on June 25, 2018 at 16:12 — No Comments

It's about time !

 

It’s about time!

  • Our management meeting ran overtime and so I was late for the client meeting. The client was not happy.
  • I don’t know why we schedule the meeting for 8.00am when the boss does not turn up till 8.15.
  • We spent so much time on Sophie’s agenda item, we ran out of time to deal with my issue.

Time management is often a negative for meetings.  Here is…

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Added by Ian Plowman on April 25, 2018 at 21:49 — No Comments

Our conscious values don’t matter a damn if our unconscious behaviour in meetings lets us down

Ground-rules for meetings: Why they matter; how to create them, and how to best use them.

Last week's blog talked about setting and honouring the 'social contract' for meetings.  Today, we will talk about what is commonly the missing third of that 'social contract', namely the behaviour of those attending.  Some of those behaviours are detrimental.

  • People keep drifting off the topic.
  • Fred keeps bringing up the same issue we dealt…
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Added by Ian Plowman on April 18, 2018 at 18:00 — No Comments

Are you violating a social contract? Do your meetings match what people expect?

Are you violating a social contract?  Do your meetings match what people expect? 

Have you ever attended a meeting that, for any reason, left you annoyed, angry, disappointed?

Unconsciously, each participant in your meetings has signed up to a ‘social contract’.  Evidence for this is most obvious when the ‘social contract’ is violated.

The reason this negative emotion arose for you is probably because something occurred that you thought was…

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Added by Ian Plowman on April 11, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Want to bring joy to the workplace?

Want to bring joy to the workplace?  Want to improve the level of employee engagement and retention?  Want to improve the quality of workplace communication? 

What would be the benefits to your organisation if employee turnover could be reduced?

What would be the benefits if every employee was creatively focussed on the shared purpose?

What would be the benefits to morale if organisational communication was…

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Added by Ian Plowman on April 4, 2018 at 17:42 — No Comments

Who should attend our meeting?

For meetings that matter, who should attend our meeting?   Why do we often forget to ask the most important stakeholders?

We’ve held our meeting.  We’ve made our decision.  We are just getting into the execution of that decision when we are suddenly confronted with an objection we did not anticipate.

Has this ever happened to you?  Have you ever participated in a meeting where a decision was made, after which there was some unexpected pushback?  Have you ever…

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Added by Ian Plowman on March 23, 2018 at 14:33 — No Comments

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