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Dear Inspired Community,

The business world is in a state of flux. A McKinsey article summarizes the shifts – automation, digital platforms, innovations – that are fundamentally changing the nature of work. It states that skills, jobs, and locations do not always match, limiting income-earning opportunities for many. It also says that digitally-enabled independent work is on the rise, and technology creates new jobs and income opportunities.

What do leaders and organizations need to do?
It is time to reinvent organizations and the way we lead. Frederic Laloux’s management book “Reinventing Organizations” has inspired countless business leaders and organizations throughout the world to experiment with a whole new set of management principles and practices.

In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth. In his book “Exponential Organizations” Salim Ismail reveals that today’s organizations are built for a linear world that is hierarchical, centralized, top down and focusing on ownership due to scarcity of people, resources, assets and platforms. With the world becoming increasingly open and transparent, organizations need to adapt and thrive in a world of abundance by diving into new organizational structures that leverage exponential technologies and a shifting global mindset.

AEquacy provides a human-centered, hierarchy-free organizational design and operating system that changes the paradigm of the traditional, hierarchical organization and paves the way to greater innovation, collaboration and performance. In their correspondent book, they show that a new organizational design will allow your organization to foster innovation, boost performance and expand people’s potential.

How will leadership remain relevant in the future?
“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell

Constant change translates into relentless pressure for CEOs and boards. Leaders who commit to undertaking a transformation are most effective when they …
  • … invest in and create an organizational context that allows people to thrive, including a deep sense of purpose, allowing a degree of autonomy, embedding opportunities for personal growth, and orchestrating personal affiliation among team members.
  • … define the capabilities that the firm will need in order to sustain the transformation, and they ensure these capabilities are being developed. Developing strengths and helping others to to grow theirs is one of their key priorities.
  • … make bold moves fast. They have a “go for it” mentality and launch ambitious and innovative initiatives. They make change happen.
  • … take charge and set long-term goals. They also seek input from employees and outside stakeholder about the state of the firm in order to set the right ambition from the get-go.
  • … energize people throughout the organization. Starting with a deep commitment to the organization’s purpose and a clear vision, they build a compelling case for change, ensure that the leadership team speaks with one voice, and inspire employees to come along on the journey. Authenticity and urgency are critical, and messages must be rooted in a deep sense of purpose.
The call to action for leaders has never been greater. Are you ready to succeed in this environment? Ask yourself these questions: Who are you as a leader? What kind of leader do you need to become? Leaders exhibit the greatest impact if they are clear about their purpose and aware of their intentions. Download Linkage’s white paper on their research-based Purposeful Leadership™ Model for more information.

Let’s talk about how you and your organization need to transform to remain successful. We are as always just an email or phone call away. Contact us.

Lead courageously, Annette.

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