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Redefine the work of leadership

“There is a need to move beyond the heroic model of leadership—because most leaders aren’t, in fact, very heroic.”

The era of the all-wise, all-powerful leader-as-decisionmaker is over. Leaders must become savvy social architects—individuals who are capable of building environments that engender extraordinary accomplishment. To make this transition from “command and control” to “motivate and mentor,” organizations need to develop leaders who are capable of building commitment and alignment without resorting to the traditional tools of bureaucratic control. The goal: an organization filled with leaders who lift everyone up.

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196 Hacks
9 Barriers

Redefine the work of leadership

“There is a need to move beyond the heroic model of leadership—because most leaders aren’t, in fact, very heroic.”

The era of the all-wise, all-powerful leader-as-decisionmaker is over. Leaders must become savvy social architects—individuals who are capable of building environments that engender extraordinary accomplishment. To make this transition from “command and control” to “motivate and mentor,” organizations need to develop leaders who are capable of building commitment and alignment without resorting to the traditional tools of bureaucratic control. The goal: an organization filled with leaders who lift everyone up.

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When Kraft Foods embarked on an important program to re-define its corporate purpose, vision and values, they decided not do it in a closed meeting room in Chicago but instead open up the process and
Story by Anna Peters on April 9, 2010
We have been educated for stability – and we continue to train people to be effective in known territories – but the current competitive environment is unstable.
Hack by Marcelo Manucci on May 30, 2013
We are a small team.  We don’t have time for status meetings.  We can’t afford middle management.  We have no tolerance for team members that don’t produce.
Hack by Lawrence Coburn on July 7, 2011
The success story of how Barack Obama empowered Chris Hughes, a 25 year old, to lead his Presidential campaign, has resounded far and wide.
Hack by kate low on October 11, 2010
The Ice Cube is like a Hero in the fairy tale story, that born from a discussion among activies in the bottom of the organization, swiftly up to become the Ice Cube, the intranet 2.0 portal,  the
Story by Ice Cube Team on July 11, 2011
This hack is a model designed on the facts: where we were, where have we taken the wrong turn and where do we go next, maybe towards a new model of enlightened capitalism, as a rupture in the world of
Hack by Alexandru Bodislav on March 11, 2012
The TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP) supports the evolution of TELUS (a national telecommunications company in Canada) into a customer focused, highly collaborative, connected and engaged e
Story by Dan Pontefract on July 15, 2011
A chance question during a seminar exposed a cultural norm at Menlo Innovations that confounds most corporate thinkers. Menlo has no hierarchy. They are a team in the truest sense of the word.
Story by Richard Sheridan on July 14, 2013
Our goal is to make senior managers more accessible as they move up the management chain, to break down the walls between management and employees and get information and most importantly, ideas, flow
Hack by Satyamoorthy Kabilan on January 9, 2011

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