R. Michael Anderson’s book, Soul-Centered Leadership, offers a unique take on leadership congruent with organizational self-management. His chapter on Self-Leadership talks about the illusion of control—the futility of trying to control others. It’s very possible to control oneself. Trying to control others, especially at work, represents wasted energy. Influence through action, not control, is a core leadership principle. A corollary is the concept of taking ownership by focusing on things that are actually within one’s control in order to develop leadership muscles.
A hungry dragon is stirring in the Far East. Its name is Haier.
In the fall of 2012, I visited Haier (pronounced “higher”) headquarters in Qingdao, China to meet its legendary Founder and CEO, Zhang Ruimin, its Cofounder Ms. Yang Mian Mian, and other key leaders to discuss and debate the theory and practice of organizational self-management.
Accompanied by Leighton Gao, senior manager of Haier’s Corporate Culture Center (and interpreter extraordinaire), my hosts arranged a tour of the Haier heritage center, where visitors are greeted by a giant sledgehammer—symbol of Haier’s birth in 1984. Walking through the center and reflecting on Haier’s journey, one feels the power of their story from humble origin to global business legend.
What to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon? One might brainstorm various elements of the Future of Work, so there’s that.
Deep gratitude to Kennan Kellaris Salinero of Reimagine Science for catalyzing the initial brainstorm cloud formation, and to Benay Dara-Abrams and Joan Blades of Great Work Cultures for their encouragement.
Any potential usefulness is derived entirely from the amazing universe of thinkers and doers (too many to thank here individually) working to shape the workplace of the future. Any mistakes, errors and omissions are mine alone.
Willem-Jan Vos of Ministry of Vision recently published a new English-versioned infographic of my book, Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization. Thanks, Willem-Jan!
Carlos Ponce, Kim Lantis and Matt Perez interviewed me for their weekly podcast, DojoLIVE!
My interview with Virgin.com contributor Katya Margolin, @dialectication and global content provider at katyacreates.com, about the challenges and opportunities of adopting organizational self-management before it became popular.
Like the Utah sunrise in the photo, it’s finally dawning on organizational leaders: culture matters. As the Deloitte Human Capital Trends 2016 report stated: “Top executives increasingly recognize the need for a conscious strategy to shape their corporate culture, rather than having it defined for them through Glassdoor or Facebook.”
To help organizations thrive by unleashing the talent, passion and potential of people at work, the Center for Innovative Cultures recently held its US Summer Conference 2016 in beautiful Park City, Utah.
Under the leadership of Michael Pacanowsky, the Center’s stellar and tireless team of conference logisticians (including Judy Fang, Susan Arsht, Summer Shumway and Michael Zavell) kept things rolling nonstop.
For my Dutch friends: Willem-Jan Vos @ministryvision was kind enough to translate my book, Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization, into Dutch and render it into a cool infographic. Many thanks! Click on the image to the right and enlarge to view.