LEADERSHIP :
CUTTING THROUGH THE CLUTTER
May 2014 robert.dequelen@astrolab-consulting.com
« Most book, articles and concep...
disclaimer :
This presentation does not pretend to
add a new concept about leadership
My goal in making this presentation ...
In matters of Leadership, stop
looking for “the” ultimate model
– you need to find the one that is
the most suitable for Y...
Mind mapping can help clarify the clutter
What kind of leadership for what context?
Too many sources?
How about your perso...
Where to start? Challenges? Sources?
Using mind mapping to explore the various dimensions of leadership
Context : norms and cultural dimensions
Leadership in a cross-cultural
environment : remote, virutal
teams?
Is there a tru...
Where to start? Theory or practice?
http://www.betacodex.org/node/3537
Inspiring
examples
Finding the
Leadership concept candy store :
a great slideshare from Nils Pflaeging
(Betacodex), who summarized it all for...
Source : Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership”, Betacodex.org
Nils Pflaeging summarized the history of leaders...
Reviewing the main thinkers of Leadership and their key concepts
Source : Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership...
Classics, innovators, mavericks …
Source : Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership”, Betacodex.org
Source : Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership”, Betacodex.org
And a few portraits of CEOs
Historic examples, models, mentors
Identify your
own heroes
and mentors
And remember models are like
scaffoldings : you de...
Historic examples, models, mentors
Identify your
own heroes and
mentors
And make your own model
FEELING OVERWHELMED
ALREADY?
Time to identify your key resources
Some of of my favorites quotes
• « No curricular reforms will work until the scientific model is
replaced by a more approp...
Some more quotes
• «Management is above all a practice in which art,
science and craft meet”
• Henry Mintzberg
• « It is n...
You can also craft your own definition
• “I believe:
• There’s too much noise in business today. There are too many things...
So, I did craft mine …
• I believe:
• People are ready to follow purposeful leaders : they know the direction and
why it i...
Find your own style
Focused
Transformative
Participative
Results-oriented
Post-heroïc
Special thanks
• Niels Pflaeging, Betacodex
• Silke Hermann
• Valerya Carvalho
• Alain Cayrol
• Nicole de Chancey
• Renaud...
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After reading a great presentation by Nils Pflaegen (Betacodex) on Slideshare, I decided to make a mind map for my own use, just for the fun of clarifying and remembering what I had just learned, and then I decided to share it, so here it is. A hands-on, no frills approach. The Betcode version is here - with all my gratitude : http://fr.slideshare.net/npflaeging/heroes-of-leadership-betacodex14

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Leadership part 1 cutting through the clutter

  1. 1. LEADERSHIP : CUTTING THROUGH THE CLUTTER May 2014 robert.dequelen@astrolab-consulting.com « Most book, articles and concepts about leadership are ridiculous ». Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership”, Betacodex.org
  2. 2. disclaimer : This presentation does not pretend to add a new concept about leadership My goal in making this presentation was merely to « summarize the summary » made by Niels Pflaeging, and to show how mind mapping can help put some order among the clutter.
  3. 3. In matters of Leadership, stop looking for “the” ultimate model – you need to find the one that is the most suitable for YOU, in a given situation.
  4. 4. Mind mapping can help clarify the clutter What kind of leadership for what context? Too many sources? How about your personal experience, point of view? Remote, virtual teams? Find your own Too much information about Leadership? Start from your own needs … Sort them out with mind mapping
  5. 5. Where to start? Challenges? Sources? Using mind mapping to explore the various dimensions of leadership
  6. 6. Context : norms and cultural dimensions Leadership in a cross-cultural environment : remote, virutal teams? Is there a truly global model of Leadership ? Relationship to time, rules, uncertainty, hierarchy….
  7. 7. Where to start? Theory or practice? http://www.betacodex.org/node/3537 Inspiring examples
  8. 8. Finding the Leadership concept candy store : a great slideshare from Nils Pflaeging (Betacodex), who summarized it all for us
  9. 9. Source : Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership”, Betacodex.org Nils Pflaeging summarized the history of leadership thinking
  10. 10. Reviewing the main thinkers of Leadership and their key concepts Source : Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership”, Betacodex.org
  11. 11. Classics, innovators, mavericks … Source : Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership”, Betacodex.org
  12. 12. Source : Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership”, Betacodex.org And a few portraits of CEOs
  13. 13. Historic examples, models, mentors Identify your own heroes and mentors And remember models are like scaffoldings : you delete them once you have finished building your house.
  14. 14. Historic examples, models, mentors Identify your own heroes and mentors And make your own model
  15. 15. FEELING OVERWHELMED ALREADY? Time to identify your key resources
  16. 16. Some of of my favorites quotes • « No curricular reforms will work until the scientific model is replaced by a more appropriate model rooted in the special requirements of a profession » • Warren Bennis, acadmic rebel • (see also Henry Mintzberg and Sumantra Ghoshal) • « Make money and have fun » • Bill and Vieve Gore • « The business of business is people » • Herb Kelleher, CEO, SouthWest Airlines Quoted by Niels Pflaeging, author of “heroes of leadership”, Betacodex.org
  17. 17. Some more quotes • «Management is above all a practice in which art, science and craft meet” • Henry Mintzberg • « It is not a question of strategy that gets us into trouble, it is a question of emotions » John P.Kotter
  18. 18. You can also craft your own definition • “I believe: • There’s too much noise in business today. There are too many things vying for our attention. Senior leaders must be diligent about cutting out the noise to get their organizations focused on what really matters. • Playing it safe is dangerous. You never maintain the status quo by playing it safe. You get worse. You lose your edge. You lose your confidence. You don’t feel alive. You can’t win. • People want to do great things. They want to build great things. They want to be involved with other great people. Great leaders create the conditions for other people’s greatness to come out.” Doug Sundheim http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/05/the-trouble-with-leadership-theories/
  19. 19. So, I did craft mine … • I believe: • People are ready to follow purposeful leaders : they know the direction and why it is important to get there, even if the path is uncertain; they are centered and know the priorities • Authentic leaders are people who are not afraid to confront their own limitations. They feel the fear, and do it anyway • Leadership is not just a matter of born charisma, but something you can develop over time as you face and overcome challenges • Leaders are driven – they are passionate about what they want to achieve, what they believe in • Leaders genuinely care for their team’s progress , individually and collectively • Leaders are not afraid to take (calculated) risks : they anticipate and have a plan B Robert de Quelen, May 2014
  20. 20. Find your own style Focused Transformative Participative Results-oriented Post-heroïc
  21. 21. Special thanks • Niels Pflaeging, Betacodex • Silke Hermann • Valerya Carvalho • Alain Cayrol • Nicole de Chancey • Renaud Redien-Collot • Robert Dilts • David Cooperrider
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