23. February 2010 18:28
Strategies are of little value if they are not implemented effectively. But implementation is difficult in an already busy schedule.
Unless each follower can see where they fit and what they need to contribute; the chances of a strategy being effectively implemented are low. The key is to explicitly show each follower what they need to do, when and with whom. This may sound impossible, but I will tell you how it can be done.
Firstly let’s consider some of the workplace dynamics that work against implementing a strategy:
There is not enough time to d... [More]
11. February 2010 17:00
Most people will agree that collaboration occurs between people, but current management methods (such as project management) focus on tasks with people as resources. Yet the workplace norm is people centric collaboration where people create team networks to do work. Unlike social networks, team networks exist to achieve business goals.
In social networks people tend to interact with people they are related to or like. However in a business, people need to interact with the people who can contribute to their business goals.
Every task has a team of stakeholders that in... [More]
5. February 2010 10:46
A common question asked by leaders is “How can I overcome blockages that reduce the likelihood that my goals will be achieved?” In most cases, these blockages are caused by people who don’t know they need to do something or don’t understand the importance of something they need to do.
The irony of these blockages is that the people causing them want to do a good job and don’t want to waste their time and effort. So they look to leaders to provide context, keep them informed and provide clear direction.
In the 20th century, many layers of managers h... [More]