3 simple ideas for leading in today’s turbulent workplaces

My, hasn’t work, and the theory of work, changed since the 70’s. Well so it should but strangely psychologists and work theorists didn’t expect work to change. So our theories didn’t put change at their very core.

Funnily, the theory has become simpler as work has become more turbulent. Simple, but, young or old, you will have to let go of old ideas.

If Big Society is the answer, what is the question?

Well, yes what was the question? Academics do know a thing or two. In this post, I try to translate (and connect) a recent article on Leadership by Keith Grint of Warwick BS to events in Egypt and the psychology of happy and lucky action. It is practical. It is connected. We know how; we are only waiting to try how.

Dance in any way you know how

An Indonesian though leader on appreciative inquiry and leadership greeted me this morning.

I don’t speak Indonesian, but I found an pertinent poem in English on his website to illustrate the difficult idea that we are our relationship with the world (difficult at least for Westerners).

Talking cuts? Don’t. Talk service.

Negotiating work loads in service teams can be bruising. But whatever you do, there is one mistake you must avoid. Don’t conflate talk about the service with talk about the budget. Cut the buts and ifs at the outset.

Talk about the ideal service. If it turns out to be economically unfeasible, think again. Lead with substance not budget!

What happens when we make savage cuts to an organization?

Will cuts in the public service lead to creativity and innovation? They might. They could. But will they?

Unless the leadership takes special care, it is much more likely the cuts will lead to the isolation of the leadership.

But this is real life not a text book. What happens is a story that we write with each other. With luck, the leadership understand all this already.