After recent posts i couldn’t resist linking to this blog post.
In the context of Local government i hear the words “business as usual” a lot, in fact probably more than i should. What i like about the post as a whole is that it articulates Leadership as it has always been seen but using current understanding in relation to the web.
I firmly believe that right “outcomes” are the most important thing and to be flexible, adaptable and agile enough to support them is a critical success factor of any business.
The interesting link here is that this is what my colleagues and myself in the Enterprise Architecture team are working towards in relation to the ICT business here.
The following quote in my view sits well with our ethos as a team.
New-style leaders are on the cutting edge of experimentation. If something doesn’t work, they change course quickly. They are more concerned about driving the right outcomes than maintaining business-as-usual.
via Leadership 2.0 | Michael Hyatt.
One of the great things i love about social media tools, is the obvious ability to reconnect with people you once worked with even if they are located close by.
Sometimes maintaining an online connection becomes the only practical way to stay in touch, that way it makes the physical connections seem more valuable when you do get around to meeting.
Anyway, the reason i mention this is a former colleague (Mike Ellis) who i reconnected with via Facebook and more recently Twitter has set up his own blog. His expertise and knowledge is vast and what struck me about his blog was his comments about collaborative leadership and partnership working. I’ve highlighted the section which i think represents my view around how social media is helping to transform culture and challenge current thinking in society, a kind of leadership 2.0 approach.
I am doing a lot of work on collaborative leadership and partnership working at the moment. It’s an intriguing area of work that I want to say more about in the next few months. I want to try and get to the heart of what it takes to work effectively with others to deliver real change and improvement for the citizen without becoming bogged down or retreating into a mindset that protects individual or organisational interests at the expense of making real improvements for the citizen. My emerging view is that it is about people and leadership not rules, procedures and protocols. It’s about behaviour and commitment. It’s about practical changes not policies, strategies and glossy plans. I want to develop my thinking here in the coming months.
Today i have just managed to read a post i had saved for “later” (Dominic Campbell’s post on Events round up 1: Crowd Surfing) but now after reading wish i had read it when it was posted.
For me this post and the book he refers to “Crowd Surfing” (Which i need to buy) raises a number of great points and changes my perspective of how i need to continue to raise the awareness and benefits of social media tools within business and organisations.
It reaffirms to me that the technology is not the issue, it is the behaviour of people, consumers, groups and communities that we need to respect more. The tools available now just make it easier and quicker to co-ordinate and build consensus. This was a theme that came back to me during the public sector online conference. We all need to do more to distract people from the actual tools and the brands associated with them. There are huge lessons to be had for leaders and politicians from this book but i need not go on, as you can read Dominic views yourself and the books blog for more information.
I just need to think a little more and go buy the book.