Do team leaders make their teams more effective? Are they really needed? Darwin would definitely have said yes: "As we see those animals, whose instinct compels them to live in society and obey a chief are most capable of improvement, so is it with … mankind.” (1909, in Anderson & Brown, 2010, p. 56). His observation was right:  hierarchies are a universal formal or informal…
" In addition, we plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making. This includes flattening organizations and increasing the span of control of people managers", states CEO Satya Nadella of Microsoft in a mail to all employees. Evidence indeed shows that shared instead of vertical leadership is needed…
It was the conclusion of Henri-Claude de Bettignies yesterday evening at the closing session of the Philosophie & Management 2013-2014 program. He is emeritus professor in asian business & ethics at Insead, CEIBS and Stanford and left no room for doubt. The world is in danger due to greedy business leaders, educated at famous business schools where "bad management theories…
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can…
Viral change is a change management concept introduced by Leandro Herrero in his books "Viral change" (2008) & "Homo Imitans" (2011). His core idea: change is only sustainable if it changes behavior of people & behavior doesn't change in a top-down, large scale, push mode. A more effective approach applies these six principles: 1. Choose a very specific behavior or…
"What would you have done in my place?" John Heller asked the audience of HR-experts, managers & academics. "I became CEO of Argenta in 2008. The bank was doing ok, although the financial crisis posed serious threats. Argenta had a very strong culture: no nonsense, honest, extremely sober, a bit conservative. Just like its founder, who managed the bank up till my appointment…
I’m a fraud, or at least that is how I feel sometimes when I’m driving home after a day of work. It is only a matter of time before they will discover that I’m not up to the job.  I've heard these sentences 5 times over the last 2 weeks. And they all came from people in high places: a CEO from a SME, a managing partner from a consulting agency, a school headmaster, and 2…
When I started 3,5 years ago with The Future Leadership Initiative, I had no idea where my journey would lead to. Meanwhile I know one thing: leadership is riding a bumpy road through a vast landscape. The landscape stretches from "how to make the world a better place as a global leader", over "how to lead your own inner theater and build circles of trust", to "how to lead a project,…
We recently did research about nascent entrepreneurship and came to two important counter-intuitive conclusions. 1. Nascent entrepreneurship is not an ‘alone’ thing. We met several nascent entrepreneurs. The successful ones saw entrepreneurship as a process of collaboration. They worked together with fellow entrepreneurs, with customers, with suppliers and grabbed opportunities…
Leadership is mobilizing others to take responsibility for necessary changes . But who is able to mobilize others? Who turns out to be the ‘natural’ leader of a group ? Who is the Nelson Mandela of each group ? Scientific studies have shown time and again that it is the person who best represents the ‘we – feeling’ . The man or woman who is most ' prototypical '…
Jesse & me participated last Thursday in a leadership debate i.a. with Hans Bourlon. He's co-founder with Gert Verhulst & Danny Verbist of the very succesful production firm Studio 100. Dressed casually, listening attentively and speaking carefully and with soft voice he passed very clear messages about his succesful leadership. 1) "I wasn't born as an entrepreneur.…