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New forms of Leadership


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Slides of a talk I gave at the E20 Summit, Frankfurt, Nov 2009. See for the narrative.

Slides of a talk I gave at the E20 Summit, Frankfurt, Nov 2009. See for the narrative.

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  • 1. New Forms of Leadership in decentralised organisations Lee Bryant, E20 Summit, Frankfurt, Nov 2009
  • 2. it is a myth that leadership is less important in the devolved (E2.0) organisation
  • 3. E2.0, network-centric approaches can assist & support both old & new forms of leadership
  • 4. In biological systems, the brain and body are equals - it is not a one-way street
  • 5. Obama’s election demonstrated a powerful combination: the ‘power of we’ enhanced by strong vision and leadership
  • 6. Leadership does not disappear in flat organisations: “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” (1970)
  • 7. Even wikipedia has leadership ... and leadership issues
  • 8. E20 and business social networking opens up new opportunities for traditional leadership strengths
  • 9. the social web show us how to build new structures that have both intimacy & scale, using trusted networks to reduce friction & co-ordination costs
  • 10. Leading from the front: 1.5m followers
  • 11. Being human in public creates trust
  • 12. Intimacy at scale
  • 13. IBM BlogCentral: 67k users, 16K blogs IBM Beehive: 53K members, 63K photos WikiCentral: 150k users, 1m views per day Media Library: 8m downloads (source: Adam Christensen, IBM January 22, 2009)
  • 14. E2.0 requires new leadership skills and management competencies in addition to the old ones
  • 15. Adhocracy: anyone can organise today
  • 16. Affinity vs Structure
  • 17. Trust vs Control
  • 18. Management vs Co-ordination
  • 19. Collective intelligence: sometimes leadership is shared within a group
  • 20. We need network-centric management
  • 21. “Blatant integrity is present when people and organisations are comfortable with being held up to scrutiny ... [&] welcome the opportunity to cushion and overcome objections because they’re more interested in creating a moment of truth with you than making an expedient sale.” (Anne McCrossan)
  • 22. three ways E20 impacts on leadership in companies today
  • 23. 1: identify & nurture future leaders...
  • 24. Graduate onboarding, leadership programmes, business social networking
  • 25. Leaders can break out of silos and hierarchies to encourage talent
  • 26. 2: enable leaders to have presence & intimacy at scale
  • 27. Social business tools enable leaders to communicate directly, in a human voice
  • 28. Leaders want real-time, unmediated info about business performance
  • 29. 3: give everybody a chance to demonstrate community leadership
  • 30. Leadership as supporting other people, synthesising, making links, making sense
  • 31. showing vulnerability and being human: how much trust do you have in your network?
  • 32. What does this mean for organisational design and the ‘business operating system’ ? © 2009 Dac
  • 33. Social Business Design connections archetypes (lenses) content collaboration culture [social business design]
  • 34. What is the role of connections network-centric leadership in this model? management Helping filter for content relevance focus on data collaboration creating a & signals for performance sharing culture culture improvement [social business design]
  • 35. Thank you for listening
  • 36. I am and live at Except where otherwise stated, photos courtesy of Flickr using Creative Commons license. Thanks to the following photographers: interactive_blogosphere_map flyover.jpg