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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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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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Saving a distressed company requires a particular set of skills. Many confirmed executives fail as they do not know how to handle distressed teams.
Hack by Erik Van Rompay on September 21, 2010
We talk a lot about how important communication is.  Communication within our organizations is one of the easiest, most valuable tools we have, and we don't always find a way to use it properly.&
Story by Michelle Paitich on September 20, 2010
How individual contributors can move beyond the latest emergency outbreak to battle negative perceptions and ever-escalating commitments.
Story by Shelly de Greeve on September 20, 2010
Establish an environment to allow ideas to grow within a company.  An incubator gives support for a new idea.  Universities, notably Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, have used this method t
Hack by Brendan McComb on September 18, 2010
A stockroom employee of a national-chain discount department store describes the "game" she and other front-line workers play as they observe management's questionable decisions.
Hack by Nicole Sanchez on September 18, 2010
I've been lucky enough to hear Hamel in person recently,  & something he said struck a chord...
Story by Jonty Monopoli on September 16, 2010
HALT stands for Highly Accelerated Life Test. It is a stress testing methodology for accelerating product reliability during the engineering developmentprocess.
Hack by Madhusudan Rao on September 2, 2010
When participating in meetings, have each of the participants take on a role other than their own - usually as a representative of a part of the organization that is not represented.
Hack by Jason Bernstein on August 28, 2010
Employee Engagement. From 1 person to 2860 members one person at a time. The employee engagement network has grown from myself to 2860 people in two years.
Story by David Zinger on August 21, 2010

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