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Tribal Leadership (3 of 4): Tribal Leadership

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  • 1. Tribal Leadership: From “I” to “We” 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, Tribal Leaders, and the Zone of Tribal Leadership ~ 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 3: “I’m Great” ~ Personal Domination ~ Dyadic (two-person) relationships (hub with spokes) involving one-on-one conversations ~ Hoard information (where knowledge is power) ~ Try to keep “spokes” from forming relationships ~ Rely on gossip and spies for information ~ Use military or mafia language ~ Hunger for tips/tools/techniques/practices (efficient) ~ Focus and talk about their individual values ~ Point of Diminishing Returns ~ Complain: Don’t have enough time and don’t get enough support ~ Complain: Surrounded by less able and less dedicated people ~ Harder they work, less effective they are, and less their efforts seem to matter Tribal Leadership 3 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 4. The Epiphany: “I Am Because We Are” ~ Journey from stage three to stage four ~ Awaken to reflect intellectually & emotionally on core assumptions ~ Become aware of deeper insights from which there is no turning back ~ First Reflection: “What have I achieved?” ~ Realization: Their achievements are more personal than tribal ~ Realization: Their not making the impact they thought they were ~ Second Reflection: “How can I fix this?” ~ Begin preaching “we” system (stage 4) within stage 3 ~ Using “vision”, “partnership”, and “collaboration” ~ Realization: Stage 3 cannot be fixed and must be abandoned Tribal Leadership 4 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 5. The Epiphany: “I Am Because We Are” ~ Third Reflection: “What’s the real goal?” ~ Realization: Ego hit of accomplishment (stage 3) isn’t the same as success ~ Realization: Real goal is having an impact on people and betterment of the tribe ~ Realization: “I Am Because We Are” ~ Shifts from “I” and dyadic relationships to “we” and networked systems of people ~ Focus on the tribe ~ In service of the institution Tribal Leadership 5 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 6. Stage 4: “We’re Great” ~ Tribal Leaders ~ Finding and leveraging commitment to shared core values ~ Aligning on a noble cause ~ Establishing triadic relationships ~ Building a history-making strategy Cause values Tribal Leadership 6 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Core Values and Noble Cause ~ Core Values ~ Fuels a tribe ~ What a tribe “stands in” ~ Timeless ~ A tribe identifies and leverages its core values ~ A tribe lives its core values through its practices ~ A tribal leader follows the core values of the tribe no matter what the cost ~ Noble Cause ~ The direction of where a tribe is headed ~ What a tribe “shoots for” ~ Far-reaching (represents a tribe’s yearnings and aspirations) ~ A tribe aligns on a noble cause ~ Establishes tribal identity and makes leadership possible ~ What a tribe is in “service of” Tribal Leadership 7 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 8. Triads and Triading ~ Triads ~ Three-legged relationships ~ Link people together as well as tribes ~ Offer stability, the context for innovation, and scalability ~ Each leg of the structure is responsible for the quality of the relationship between the other two parts ~ Triading ~ Fostering a relationship between two people based on core values and mutual self-interest ~ Results in loyalty and followership ~ Know values and current projects of people in network ~ Credibility with both people (they are triading with) ~ Great or world-class at something ~ Has experienced the epiphany ~ Effective triading requires “authenticity”! Tribal Leadership 8 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 9. Thank You Si Alhir salhir@gmail.com http://salhir.wordpress.com 202-596-8202 Tribal Leadership 9 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.
  • 10. 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 10 Copyright (c) 2010 Sinan Si Alhir. All rights reserved.

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