Leading in Uncharted Territory – Rule #8 – Create Flexible Responsive Organizations

In our exploration of Leading in Uncharted Territory, rule 8 is: Create flexible responsive organizations. As I think of leading during times of uncertainty one thing that comes to mind is selecting people who will be able to navigate the transitions we will likely face. This means having a selection process that helps to determine […]

Building Resilience So You Can Thrive in Turbulent Times

Resilience is a hot topic these days as people try to figure out how to bend with the winds of economic change without breaking. I’m reading articles that link resilience with positive self-image, courage and commitment, emotional maturity and integrity.   The challenge seems to be what to do to develop resilience when yours is […]

Navigating in Uncharted Territory – Rule #7 – Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

In our exploration of Leading in Uncharted Territory, rule 6 is: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. As I think about leading in uncharted territory, I feel a bit like hiking and climbing. I do it, enjoy it, and I move very slowly. It is not very pretty – trying routes, making changes, then trying another. Eventually, I […]

Six Critical Steps to Preventing Failure During Organizational Transformation

For anyone who has led an organizational change, we know it can be complicated at best and at worst; it can limit your career and have a significant adverse impact on your business. In 2008, a McKinsey survey of 3,199 executives around the world found, as Kotter did in 1998, that only one transformation in […]

Navigating in Uncharted Territory – Rule #6 – Use Discipline and Rigor While Remaining Nimble

In our exploration of Leading in Uncharted Territory, rule 6 is: use discipline and rigor while remaining nimble. One of the hallmarks of our time is the level of uncertainty and the unpredictability of our environment. The stock market chase by over 1,000 points in a day. The swings from day to day are often […]

Managing in Uncharted Territory – Rule #5 – Develop Comprehensive Solutions

In our exploration of Leading in Uncharted Territory, rule 5 is: develop comprehensive solutions for your opportunities that include people, process, and technology. Organizations being much more complex than machines because they are filled with people with agendas and human needs. While the machine image may still work, it is important to remember that what […]

Transforming a Leader and his Organization Success Story

We recently published an article, Transforming a Leader and his Organization An Approach, a Case Study, and Measurable Results. We explore the transformation approach Metcalf & Associates uses with clients and Bob shares his experiences and successes. We also discuss what we learned and what we would do differently in the future. To provide the […]

Response to Criticism Of Good to Great – No Guarantee

Because I use Collin’s Good to Great as an important set of research to inform my consulting and leadership development work, I want to respond to the criticism. I pulled the criticism directly from: Good to Great: More Evidence That “Most Claims of Magic are Testimony to Hubris” via Bob Sutton de Bobsutton le 22/12/08. […]

Managing in Uncharted Territory – Rule #4 – Build a Strong Network

In our exploration of Leading in Uncharted Territory, Rule #4 is build a strong network of people outside your organization to share ideas and collaborate – connect with the rock stars. The research tells us that Level 5 Leaders are the most effective at leading transformation. You may want to include people who meet these […]

Managing in Uncharted Territory – Rule #3 – Identify Your Best People the “Top Dogs”

In our exploration of Leading in Uncharted Territory, Rule #3 is Identify your top people as they are the ones who will help you navigate the transition. The research tells us that Level 5 Leaders are the most effective at leading transformation. If you have people in your organization who fit this criteria, you may […]

Leading In Uncharted Territory – 10 New Rules

Leaders are now facing business conditions that did not exist a few years ago including unprecedented speed of change and global interconnection. Much of what we were taught about leadership and management is being tested and some of what we learned is no longer sufficient. We must still perform “blocking and tackling” flawlessly including: articulating […]

Rule 2: Anticipate and Plan

It is still important to have a vision and mission as the serve as the deep anchoring mechanism that informs our decisions. Additionally, it is important to balance current plan with responding to signals from the environment that may suggest a change in direction. Some of the direction changes will require significant systemic changes and […]