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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 friction
& co-ordination costs
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 Library: 8m downloads
(source: Adam Christensen, IBM January 22, 2009)
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 ... [&] 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)
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?
© 2009 Dac
What does this mean for
organisational design and the
‘business operating system’ ?
connections
collaboration
culture
content
[social business design]
Social Business Design
archetypes (lenses)
connections
collaboration
culture
content
[social business design]
What is the role of
leadership in this model? network-centric
management
creating a
sharing culture
focus on data
& signals for
performance
improvement
Helping
filter for
relevance
Thank you for listening
http://www.headshift.com
Lee@headshift.com
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:
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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
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