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Organizations don’t change. People change. Many companies move to change systems and structures and create new policies and processes but fail to address the underlying mind-sets and capabilities of the people who will execute it.
A new strategy will fall short of its potential if they fail to address the mental attitude because people on the ground tend to continue to behave as they did before.
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There are two dimensions of looking inward that lead to self-understanding.
Map the Big Four. The Big Four can be thought of as an internal leadership team that occupies an internal executive suite:
It is not enough to use various assessment tools, because we all possess the full range of qualities these assessments identify to varying degrees. You need a more nuanced approach that recognizes your inner complexity. Some questions would include:
People who fail to notice when they are becoming annoyed, judgmental, or defensive in the moment are not choosing how to behave. We all need an inner "lookout."
It is critical during a period of organizational change that the senior executives collectively adopt the lookout role for the org...
Companies that only look outward in the process of organizational change, and dismiss individual learning and adaptation make two common mistakes:
While dealing with resistance and fear is often necessary, it’s rarely enough to take an organization to the next level. Organizations must unlock the full potential of individuals.
It starts with learning to lead yourself. It is best done by questioning some core assumptions about yourself...
State awareness is more than just "a state of mind." It involves the perception of a wide range of inner experiences in the present moment and the impact on your behavior.
Many senior executives know that they show negative behavior under pressure, but are not aware that they continue th...
Learning to look inward in the process of organizational transformation helps individuals to align what they intend with what they actually say and do, to influence others. This is known as the performance gap.
This kind of learning awakens the full leader within you. It expands your capaci...
Individuals have their own beliefs, priorities, values, and fears that influence how they respond to different actions. Looking inward is then a way to examine your own modes of operating to learn what makes you behave in a certain way.
Those who seek to lead effectively should look at the...
Translate awareness into organizational change. Those open eyes will be better able to spot obstacles to organizational change.
For instance, a company becomes aware that the absence of coaching is stifling progress. When looking deeper, it is established that there is a negative bias t...
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Just as leaders who deliver only performance may do so at a cost that the organization is unwilling to bear, those who focus only on inspiration may find that they motivate the masses but are undermined by ordinary results.
Focuses on fast decision making, short-term goals, and the empowerment of individuals.
And it has expanded to include general leadership skills like acting on a shared vision, leading change, and sharing decision-making.
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