|1. THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION
Drucker Society of Europe – May 2014
“We are at the beginning of a set of gigantic changes in society – for better or for worse…one thing we know says Richard Straub (President, Drucker Society of Europe): on this stage, managers will surely be of pivotal importance for shaping it.”
So begins Dr. Straub’s introductory article to this year’s Global Drucker Forum. It provides an intriguing line of sight into various global trends negatively impacting economies and societies today.
Of greater significance, Straub zeros in on the role of Managers in 21st century business and how these leaders will make a difference in the world via their knowledge, creativity, emotions, and values.
2. WHY CAN’T WE END SHORT-TERMISM?
Forbes – July 2014
As a leader, consider your response to the following statement – “The world would be a better place if businesses stopped thinking so much about short-term results and focused more on the long term.”
In another fresh take on the radical changes in management today, Steve Denning explores how maximizing shareholder value (a key driver of short-term thinking) has come at the detriment of prosperity for business and society.
3. Inspiring 2-min video! PERFORMANCE WITH PURPOSE
ASPEN Ideas Festival – July 2014
“Employees were looking for a purpose…for an environment where everyone could bring their whole self to work.” – Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo
At this year’s Aspen Institute Ideas Festival, Nooyi shared these and other profound thoughts on Pepsi’s ‘Performance with Purpose’ culture.
4. LEAD WITHOUT TRYING SO HARD
HBR – July 2014
“Demanding nothing in return for his kindness, the sage eventually obtains everything…the more he gives to others, the more he has himself.”
This is a fantastic 3-minute read! Whitney Johnson describes the significance of the Taoist principle Wu-wei. An ancient practice whereby leaders let their minds go, entering a state of acceptance where they can only win, if they don’t try to win.
5. FIRST KNOW YOURSELF, THAN YOUR TEAM
INSEAD – August 2014
This brief yet powerful article typifies the need for leaders to deeply understand their own behavioural traits, in addition to those of their followers, as key influencers of their effectiveness.
Of the eight leader archetypes noted in the article, which ones might you fall into? What of your team members? Perhaps of greater significance, how might these perspectives aid in your team’s relationships and effectiveness?
6. WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A GREAT LEADER
TED – 2013
What makes a great leader in the 21st century? What is the diversity measure of a leader’s network? Is a leader courageous enough to abandon a practice that made them successful in the past?
In this captivating Talk, Roselinde Torres describes her research into these questions, eliciting a sense of what ‘great leaders’ are doing distinctly different to thrive and grow in 21st century business.
7. ALLIANCE: MANAGING TALENT IN THE NETWORKED AGE
Reid Hoffman, et al. – July 2014
This book is a must read for leaders of organizations struggling to maintain cultures of engagement and trusting relationships with their talent. In short, the authors state the employer-employee relationship is broken.
The old model of guaranteed long-term employment no longer works in a business environment defined by short-term thinking. In this modern era it’s no longer about treating colleagues as family, but rather as allies.
Far more than a rant, the author’s blueprint for building lasting relationships with top talent is based on real world examples from LinkedIn, Tesla, and Cisco.
You can also check out an excellent SlideShare summary of the book here!
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