Organizational Self-Management Recipe: Hearty Commitment Gumbo

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Commitment keeping comprises a large portion of the gumbo of effective organizational self-management. In turn, that rich, tasty and satisfying gumbo of commitment is ultimately what holds an organization together in a virtuous cycle of networked collaboration.

Virtually every leader regards integrity as a crucial stakeholder and employee characteristic. What is the source of integrity and trust? Keeping commitments. Stephen Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People describes integrity as “making our actions conform to our words” (related to but distinct from honesty, which is about making our words conform to reality).

Integrity means making sure that one’s actions reflect what they have already communicated they will do for others. Reality matches words. People that keep commitments consistently brand themselves as reliable, and develop reputations as persons of integrity.

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Leading With Heart

Soul-Centered LeadershipR. 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.

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Haier Elevation

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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.

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Interactive Periodic Table of the Future of Work

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.

Click here to see the Interactive Periodic Table of the Future of Work.

Interactive Periodic Table of the Future of Work

Interactive Periodic Table of the Future of Work