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No More Corporate Dodgeball 101509

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Every company has untapped capacity for growth and success within its own four walls. But we are so busy playing a game I call ‘Corporate Dodgeball’ that we fail to drive great unifying ideas and ...

Every company has untapped capacity for growth and success within its own four walls. But we are so busy playing a game I call ‘Corporate Dodgeball’ that we fail to drive great unifying ideas and success through our organizations. We need to stop – Actually, I mean to say: YOU need to stop.
Unless we change the HOW of what got us into trouble, we won't just end up back at the cliff edge again, we'll dive straight over it. It’s time to figure out what and HOW we need to change.

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  • kwaiyu Kwai Yu, CEO at Leaders Cafe Social media can definitely play an internal role ... however, it’s effectiveness will depend on the extent of alignment between corporate purpose and individual purpose. I used the word purpose deliberately rather than vision or mission. This is because I am aware that corporates have ’removed’ vision and mission statements - but instead have honed in on Values (Coke Cola is an example). I guess the rationale is that individuals can align with values much easier than a vision or mission. My own experience of founding Leaders Cafe Foundation has shown me the awesome power of purpose/passion ’alignment’. The fact that values are seldom ’black or white’ is another discussion for another time - as highlighted by Malcolm Gladwell in his book - The Tipping Point :-) 4 years ago
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  • nilofermerchant Nilofer Merchant at Nilofer Merchant Charles - I think if issue you point to is good followership. How do you have the debate, have your view not prevail but then still engage as a collaborator towards success. You gotta have the debate, engage the topic and once the call is made, decide what team you are in. This book (http://www.amazon.com/Followership-Followers-Creating-Changing-Leadership/dp/1422103684) nailed the full range of what is needed in good followership. 4 years ago
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  • nilofermerchant Nilofer Merchant at Nilofer Merchant Erin - you are so right in that this internal change of high exchange/collaboration/flow can be supported by social media. the focus of most social media conv today are how to have conversation with customers and i can't imagine how companies can do that if they are not doing so internally. C-level folks often think of the social media stuff as 'chatter' but i think it's a matter of how we pay attention to the 'chatter' so we can take in smaller bits of pre-digested information rather than the neat-tidy work often brought to execs. There could be some great sessions on how 'social media' can allow us to reinvent companies inside-out. Thanks for joining in the dialogue here! - Nilofer 4 years ago
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  • eliman Erin Liman, Business Innovation Consultant at Innovation is Social, LLC. YES. Process matters as least as much, if not more than short-term results.

    What if company strategy read like a compelling short story?
    Re: Rule #1- I think social media is a great tool for for enabling co-creation. The challenge is that these channels are not used by many C-level folks yet.
    Re: Rules #2-3: Leaders need to be humble, yet strong enough to support learning experiments. Think orchestra conductor.

    I met Matt Smith (improviser) http://bit.ly/3oPXmA at a scrum exchange conference. He does a wonderful exercise where he whiteboards all of the audience's associations with failure. When the audience can't think of another thing, he does a high-speed re-enactment where he embodies all of them. It was wonderfully cathartic and a powerful, playful way to express self-limiting beliefs that impede progress.

    Nilofer, thanks for this great conversation starter.
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  • guest236f2e8 Charles Levine I think the points you make are good ones. But I think one that is equally important is that in most organizations, the strategy is subtly subverted by people who pretend to 'run the play', after it has been called. In many cases, as you suggest, they could have, but chose not to participate in the process of drawing up 'the play'. In others they did participate, but their view did not prevail. Unless the organization acts like a 'team' and everyone moves as a coordinated unit, the probabillty of success is dramatically reduced. 4 years ago
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