Leadership development doesn't work because it fails to address the totality of who and what we are as human beings. It fails to recognize the profound depths of our inner worlds and the power and responsibility that go with what we think and feel. It fails to respect the causal nature of the mind, whilst mistakenly looking for the levers of change in the outer world of effects. And in its analysis and reduction of the objective brain, it overlooks the realities of the subjective mind.
- Chris Pearce, Why Leadership Development Is Still Stuck In the Dark Ages, Forbes, November 19, 2018LEADERSHIP IMPERATIVE: As organizations continue to transition from bureaucratic and transactional groups to organic networks, aka eco-systems, and as supply chain logistics networks
As experienced practitioners and professionals, we are competent planners. We study, analyze, plan, execute, evaluate and adjust. Planning is how we effectively manage processes, standardize operations, implement procedures, and project KPIs. But is planning enough in the 21st Century? Strategy demands Strategic Intent, which is a “never-ending dynamic and circular process” based on the purposeful interpretation and reinterpretation of on-going events, requiring our ability to interpret circumstances as they unfold, and using instinct, political savvy, curiosity, flexibility and imagination. Strategic Intent is an essential element to contextual leadership. This ability is an individual’s skill and is not an organizational phenomenon.
Strategic planning is an oxymoron.