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Why Your Innovation Leadership Training Will Fail - Forbes

Why Your Innovation Leadership Training Will Fail - Forbes | Align People |
Why Your Innovation Leadership Training Will Fail
No wonder that when we set out to create training and development for innovation leaders we tend to think about . . . the individual leader.
Billy R Bennett's insight:

Our thoughts.. "Ditto"

So much is spent on training with very little spent on developing a work system and culture that can put the training to use.

The Innovation Syllogism:

Innovation is a product of culture (not individuals).

Culture is an emergent factor of systems (not individuals).

Therefore, systems drive innovation (not individuals).

You cannot train an organization into innovation - you must create and design the organization to be innovative.

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Jamie Peace (WG'13) : Leadership under Fire - Wharton Journal

Jamie Peace (WG'13) : Leadership under Fire - Wharton Journal | Align People |
Wharton JournalJamie Peace (WG'13) : Leadership under FireWharton JournalHumility and Empowering subordinates: Jamie built endearing followership with his subordinates by accepting his mistakes candidly and regularly engaging in feedback sessions...
Billy R Bennett's insight:

Jamie Peace is a Wharton student with 10 years of military service.   

In this student profile, every aspiring leader should take a few tips from someone who leads facing each day where the consequences of decisions are life or death. 

So what does a life or death leader rely on? 

1.  Being a student of leadership

2.  Confidence, Competence, & Proficiency

3.  Humility & Empowering Subordinates

4.  Setting The Example

Yep.  That's the guy I would follow if I had a choice.  What about you?  Who do you want as your son or daughter's leader in harm's way?  I know... I bet you want the guy who has all the answers and gives great  powerpoint presentations. 

Why is is that when I walk into a failing or soon to fail workplace the leaders rarely check any of these boxes?  In the past six months most western businesses have been working through some of the most difficult times since the Great Depression.  So was working on your leadership skills at the top of your list?  Perhaps you should test yourself on the last six months...

  1. What actions have you taken to learn something new to  be a better leader?   How did you put it into practice?
  2. What competencies and proficiencies did you develop further?
  3. What would my staff say  about your "Humility"?
  4. What did you do to empower and enable you team members?  (Hint: What barriers did you remove, what capabilities did you develop or support?)
  5. What has been the example I set during this time?  What have you tried to model for others? How successful have you been?

You do not want to compare your pay and responsibilities with the pay and responsibilities of Jamie Peace as he was leading in Afghanistan.  I know I don't. As a U.S. taxpayer, I believe we got our money's worth. 

I wonder if my shareholders and customers would say the same about me? 

What about you?

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Alignment Matters « CU Insight

Alignment Matters « CU Insight | Align People |
Alignment Matters. Posted on May 23, 2013. Since 1995 I have worked with hundreds of credit union leaders on various aspects of organizational strategy (thousands if you count conferences, schools, and workshops… but who's counting?
Billy R Bennett's insight:

A good alignment case study.  If you are in financial work you will get a better picture of what alignment issues can create.

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