November 2011 | Nano Tools | Leadership
Nano Tools for Leaders® are fast, effective leadership tools that you can learn and start using in less than 15 minutes — with the potential to significantly impact your success as a leader and the engagement and productivity of the people you lead.
Contributor: James Quigley, CEO Emeritus, Deloitte U.S.; Chairman of the Board, HESS Corporation; co-author of As One: Individual Action, Collective Power (Portfolio / Penguin, 2011).
Build collective behavior to execute your company’s strategic priorities using a practical, data-driven approach.
Imagine if everyone in your organization, team, or division was focused on collaboratively achieving strategic goals. Imagine the innovation, the productivity, and the competitive advantages that would result. Getting people to work together effectively “As One” isn’t simple. In fact, it is a universal leadership challenge. But new work at Deloitte’s Center for Strategic Leadership reveals that generating As One behavior is within every organization’s reach.
The traditional model for motivating people to be “team players” — command and control — has been declared outdated and ineffective. But is a new, loosely defined “agile and adaptive” model the answer? As One reveals that collective leadership isn’t either/or. In fact, Deloitte’s research has identified at least eight distinct models, or “As One Archetypes,” that provide the template, the language, and the common understanding that can be used to turn individual action into collective power. You can assess whether your organization’s default archetype is best suited to achieve collective behavior, or whether a new archetype might be a better fit.
Knowing and understanding your current collective leadership archetype is important for two reasons. First, if the archetype is a good fit, it can be strengthened. Second, if it is not working well, another archetype should be considered.
Nano Tools for Leaders® was conceived and developed by Deb Giffen, MCC, Director of Innovative Learning Solutions at Wharton Executive Education. It is jointly sponsored by Wharton Executive Education and Wharton’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton Professor of Management Michael Useem, Director; Associate Professor Adam Grant, Nano Tools Academic Director.
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