New Forms of Leadership
in decentralised organisations
Lee Bryant, E20 Summit, Frankfurt, Nov 2009
it is a myth that leadership
    is less important in the
devolved (E2.0) organisation
E2.0, network-centric approaches
  can assist & support both old
    & new forms of leadership
In biological systems, the
brain and body are equals
- it is not a one-way street
Obama’s election demonstrated
a powerful combination: the
‘power of we’ enhanced by
strong vision and leadership
Leadership does not disappear in flat organisations:
“The Tyranny of Structurelessness” (1970)
Even wikipedia has
leadership ... and
leadership issues
E20 and business social networking
opens up new opportunities for
traditional leadership strengths
the social web show us how to
build new structures that have both
  intimacy & scale, using trusted
    networks to reduce...
Leading from the
front: 1.5m followers
Being human in
public creates trust
Intimacy at scale
IBM BlogCentral: 67k users, 16K blogs
IBM Beehive: 53K members, 63K photos
WikiCentral: 150k users, 1m views per day
Media...
E2.0 requires new leadership
   skills and management
  competencies in addition
        to the old ones
Adhocracy: anyone
can organise today
Affinity vs Structure
Trust vs Control
Management vs Co-ordination
Collective intelligence:
sometimes leadership is
shared within a group
We need network-centric management
“Blatant integrity is present when
      people and organisations are
   comfortable with being held up to
scrutiny ... [&...
three ways E20 impacts on
leadership in companies today
1: identify & nurture future leaders...
Graduate onboarding,
leadership programmes,
business social networking
Leaders can break out
of silos and hierarchies
to encourage talent
2: enable leaders to have
presence & intimacy at scale
Social business tools enable
leaders to communicate
directly, in a human voice
Leaders want real-time,
unmediated info about
business performance
3: give everybody a chance to
demonstrate community leadership
Leadership as supporting other people,
synthesising, making links, making sense
showing vulnerability and being human:
how much trust do you have in your network?
What does this mean for
organisational design and the
‘business operating system’ ?



                                © 2...
Social Business Design
                         connections
archetypes (lenses)




 content




                         ...
What is the role of
                            connections
                            network-centric
leadership in this...
Thank you for listening




        Lee@headshift.com




             http://www.headshift.com
I am lee@headshift.com and live at
http://www.headshift.com

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  1. 1. New Forms of Leadership in decentralised organisations Lee Bryant, E20 Summit, Frankfurt, Nov 2009
  2. 2. it is a myth that leadership is less important in the devolved (E2.0) organisation
  3. 3. E2.0, network-centric approaches can assist & support both old & new forms of leadership
  4. 4. In biological systems, the brain and body are equals - it is not a one-way street
  5. 5. Obama’s election demonstrated a powerful combination: the ‘power of we’ enhanced by strong vision and leadership
  6. 6. Leadership does not disappear in flat organisations: “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” (1970)
  7. 7. Even wikipedia has leadership ... and leadership issues
  8. 8. E20 and business social networking opens up new opportunities for traditional leadership strengths
  9. 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. 10. Leading from the front: 1.5m followers
  11. 11. Being human in public creates trust
  12. 12. Intimacy at scale
  13. 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. 14. E2.0 requires new leadership skills and management competencies in addition to the old ones
  15. 15. Adhocracy: anyone can organise today
  16. 16. Affinity vs Structure
  17. 17. Trust vs Control
  18. 18. Management vs Co-ordination
  19. 19. Collective intelligence: sometimes leadership is shared within a group
  20. 20. We need network-centric management
  21. 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. 22. three ways E20 impacts on leadership in companies today
  23. 23. 1: identify & nurture future leaders...
  24. 24. Graduate onboarding, leadership programmes, business social networking
  25. 25. Leaders can break out of silos and hierarchies to encourage talent
  26. 26. 2: enable leaders to have presence & intimacy at scale
  27. 27. Social business tools enable leaders to communicate directly, in a human voice
  28. 28. Leaders want real-time, unmediated info about business performance
  29. 29. 3: give everybody a chance to demonstrate community leadership
  30. 30. Leadership as supporting other people, synthesising, making links, making sense
  31. 31. showing vulnerability and being human: how much trust do you have in your network?
  32. 32. What does this mean for organisational design and the ‘business operating system’ ? © 2009 Dac
  33. 33. Social Business Design connections archetypes (lenses) content collaboration culture [social business design]
  34. 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. 35. Thank you for listening Lee@headshift.com http://www.headshift.com
  36. 36. I am lee@headshift.com and live at http://www.headshift.com Except where otherwise stated, photos courtesy of Flickr using Creative Commons license. Thanks to the following photographers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dplanet/94442623/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/djbrady/2304740173/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/305410323/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_irish/2379958609/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/notsogoodphotography/503637906/sizes/o/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/euan/2342134129/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/thayer18/2473764858/ http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publications/2008/Mapping_Irans_Online_Public/ interactive_blogosphere_map http://paperbackdreams.com/images/uploads/Future_Shock_1971.jpg http://www.flickr.com/photos/migrainechick/3185150010/sizes/o/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/wili/2628869994/ http://michaelreeve.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/braveheart-1-1024.jpg http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivanatm/2081065914/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosimoes7/1301014184/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianboulos/36957265/ http://lh6.ggpht.com/_uYeCdeWUudM/RquSSy_X2oI/AAAAAAAAADU/OuYTkaNKa3w/ flyover.jpg http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/52581560/sizes/l/ http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/1141/is5vb.jpg http://waitingfornow.wordpress.com/2009/04/ http://www.motherjones.com/files/legacy/mojoblog/barack-obama-pointing-250x200.jpg
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