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Tribal Leadership (2 of 4): Tribal Stages

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  • 1. Tribal Leadership: Tribal Stages and Leverage Points Si Alhir salhir@gmail.com http://salhir.wordpress.com 202-596-8202 Tribal Leadership 1 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 2. Tribes and Tribal Leaders ~ Tribes and Culture ~ Tribes naturally move one cultural stage at a time on a scale of one-to-five ~ Culture emerges from language (theme), behavior (mood), and relationship structures ~ Tribal Leaders and Tribal Leadership ~ Tribal leaders upgrade tribes through cultural stages using leverage points ~ Tribal leadership involves nudging language and fostering relationships Tribal Leadership 2 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 3. Stage 1: “Life sucks” (2%) Alienated - Undermining ~ People are alienated from each other ~ Relationships are undermining ~ Behavior expresses despairing hostility ~ People have a more negative world- or life-view about themselves, others, and life in general ~ Tribal leaders help people recognize and appreciate any positive aspects of life Tribal Leadership 3 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 4. Stage 2: “My life sucks” (25%) Separate - Ineffective ~ People are separate from each other ~ Relationships are ineffective ~ Behavior expresses being apathetic victims ~ Others-over-I Perspective ~ More negative about themselves ~ View others’ lives as being more positive ~ Leverage Points ~ Help people actualize themselves through efforts & results that can be accomplished individually ~ Foster confidence and independence ~ Encourage individuals to form dyads Tribal Leadership 4 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 5. Stage 3: “I’m great (and you’re not)” (49%) Personal Domination – Useful (Dyadic) ~ People experience personal domination of one member over others ~ Relationships are established for their usefulness ~ Behavior expresses being lone warriors ~ People form dyadic relationships ~ I-over-You Perspective ~ More positive about themselves and their efforts & results ~ View others’ efforts & results as being more negative ~ Leverage Points ~ Help people actualize themselves through efforts & results that require a team ~ Foster confidence and interdependence ~ Encouraging individuals to form triads Tribal Leadership 5 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 6. Stage 4: “We’re great (and they’re not)” (22%) Stable Partnership - Important (Triadic) ~ People experience stable partnerships ~ Relationships are important ~ Behavior expresses tribal pride ~ People form triadic relationships organized around resonant core values and a noble cause ~ Organizations compete against other organizations ~ We-over-They Perspective ~ More positive about their tribe’s efforts & results ~ View the efforts & results of other tribes as being more negative ~ Leverage Points ~ Help the tribe actualize itself through history-making efforts Tribal Leadership 6 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Stage 5: “Life is great” (2%) Team - Vital (Triadic) ~ People experience a team of stable partnerships ~ Relationships are vital ~ Behavior expresses innocent wonderment ~ People form networked triadic relationships organized around history-making efforts ~ Organizations compete with other organizations ~ People have a more positive world- or life-view about their tribe, other tribes, and life in general Tribal Leadership 7 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 8. Thank You Si Alhir salhir@gmail.com http://salhir.wordpress.com 202-596-8202 Tribal Leadership 8 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 9. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization http://www.culturesync.net Ten-year, 24,000 person, organizational research study Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright Tribal Leadership 9 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.