How We Think about Leadership

Over recent months I have been designing and sharing in a research project to identify what are the perceived gaps in leadership across Thailand as it prepares to join the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. AEC will be a single regional common market of 10 nations and over 600 million people. The envisaged free flow of goods, services, investment capital and skilled labor will impact on every dimension of the Thai nation. Asking questions about leadership in its most holistic (systemic) sense before the launch of AEC is considered to be very important. … [Read more...]

An Essential Aspect of Leadership: Intellectual Humility

During this last week I have found myself writing about the concept of ‘intellectual humility’ to two different clients facing the failure of ‘a single answer approach’ to working with a complex issue. Further, I expect to draw attention to this issue many times in the weeks ahead as various leaders and managers try to resolve complex issues using techniques based exclusively on ‘scientific enquiry’. … [Read more...]

“Command and Control” Won’t Work Anymore

I  just finished watching Ken Burns’ series on World War II. It was illuminating and exhausting at the same time. It is available as a DVD set from our local Sacramento Library. What was significant, for me, was the need and justification of “command and control” thinking as we fought incredibly complex wars on both sides of the world. And what also was compelling was the massive waste and loss of lives and material....and how so much was obvious after-the-fact that was not obvious in the moment. … [Read more...]