From strategy+business: John Kotter has been the go-to guy on the subject of change leadership longer than most of us have been working. For the past 35 years or so, he has been making the compelling argument that the essential role of leaders lies in their ability to achieve change — to shepherd their organizations to new and better places. The fast-paced and fundamental disruptions caused by advances in digital technologies make his work more relevant than ever.
From strategy+business: Sometimes the best approaches to revamp an organization's culture come from the employee level, rather than edicts issued by senior executives.
From Knowledge@Wharton: Apple delivered a successful run of historic innovations and positive financial statements under storied CEO Steve Jobs. But now the company — and Jobs’s successor, Tim Cook — must adjust to a new reality.
From strategy+business: Forget the monolithic change management programs and focus on the elements of your culture that drive performance.
From strategy+business: Conventional organizational structures may be obsolete. How about a model based on capabilities instead?
From Steve Barry at Forum.com: Open any book about leadership transitions and you’re likely to see a model of the various business situations executives may need to navigate when they take on a new company, initiative, or project. We’ve synthesized those many models into one that we find especially useful: we call it the Business Terrains framework.
From Deborah Frieze and Margaret Wheatley in Leader to Leader Journal: America loves a hero. So does the rest of the world. Perhaps it’s our desire to be saved, to not have to do the hard work, to rely on someone else to figure things out. Constantly we are barraged by politicians presenting themselves as heroes, the ones who will fix everything and make our problems go away. It’s a seductive image, an enticing promise. Somewhere there’s someone who will make it all better. Somewhere, there’s someone who’s visionary, inspiring, brilliant, and we’ll all happily follow along. Somewhere…. Why do we continue to hope for heroes?
A report from Wallace Foundation: We've posted a report previously unavailable on our Web site: an Aspen Institute assessment of an early Wallace experience in the "theory of change" method, with a slew of lessons on using the approach.