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Make direction setting bottom-up and outside-in

“All stakeholders need a role in setting strategic direction.”

As the pace of change accelerates and the business environment becomes more complex, it will become increasingly difficult for any small group of senior executives to chart the path of corporate renewal. That’s why the responsibility for defining direction must be broadly shared—with all organizational members and interested external constituencies. Only a broad, participatory process can engender wholehearted and widespread commitment to proactive change. When it comes to setting direction, influence should be a product of foresight and insight rather than power and position.

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Make direction setting bottom-up and outside-in

“All stakeholders need a role in setting strategic direction.”

As the pace of change accelerates and the business environment becomes more complex, it will become increasingly difficult for any small group of senior executives to chart the path of corporate renewal. That’s why the responsibility for defining direction must be broadly shared—with all organizational members and interested external constituencies. Only a broad, participatory process can engender wholehearted and widespread commitment to proactive change. When it comes to setting direction, influence should be a product of foresight and insight rather than power and position.

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Leaders can get a lot  more done if they did a lot less.  60%+ of time is wasted by top executives as the context for leadership has changed faster than our assumptions.  This hack
Hack by Nick Obolensky on June 27, 2010
Top executives’ tentatively agree on the BIG Rocks (strategic changes).  Then provide the Big Rocks to managers and staff and ask them to identify what they think are the Big Rocks.  The res
Hack by George Neufeld on November 27, 2012
A leader has two main responsibility.1. Establish his/her vision and communicate it to the organisation's community.
Story by Ghislain Demers on April 2, 2014
Twenty is a different kind of recruitment agency started by two experienced recruiters who wanted to build a company whose success depends on the organizational principles they valued in a workplace.
Story by Paul Marsden on December 22, 2011
Beware of simple answers to complicated problems. The simple answers will most times have unintended negative consequences.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on August 4, 2015
The world of work has grown increasingly complex in recent years, making the task of management increasingly difficult and the ability for people to self-manage is severely constrained.  Managing
Hack by David De Spong on July 18, 2011
The environment continues to degrade as a result of industrial activity despite various attempts to change the behaviour of organisations.
He lost consciousness twice. Of the first time, he could remember the lightning through the dark clouds. The shudder going through the ship’s hull as it crashed down onto the heavy sea.
Story by Bernhard Sterchi on November 20, 2018
How many times have you been asked if you’re crazy?Insanity has been defined by many great scholars, including the great theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, as doing the same thing over, and over a
Hack by Tara Waite on December 4, 2011

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