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Collaborative Leadership: Building the Organization for the Future
“Collaborative Leadership: Building the Organization for the Future” on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 was hosted by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and TrakInvest.
The guest for the session was Mr. Carlo Giardinetti, Dean Franklin University and Instructor at Harvard Extension School.
Here the link to the 90 minutes webinar recording: Click Here
Key takeaways from the session:
1. With changing times, it is no longer the CEO or the top leader at any organisation that has access to privileged information. It is very possible and highly probable for the junior-most employee at the firm to have access to better quality information as compared to the leaders. This fact needs to be taken into account while managing the employees of a new-age organisation so that we can better utilize and empower the workforce for the benefit of the firm.
2. Distribution of decision making across all employees frees up the senior leadership from all the burden and responsibility from micro-decision making at all times. The leadership is then better able to focus on innovation and vision, while the employees are empowered to take decisions responsibly.
3. In a study, 60% of the people expected someone to guide them in terms of their work. These people felt successful if they complete the work provided by their leader. Hence when you try to provide freedom of work and ask your employees to take responsibilities, it is important to provide a structured framework to do so, so that the necessary output can be achieved from them compared to just an open ended responsibility where the chances of employees getting lost maybe higher.
4. This is the reason why 100% collaborative organisations are idealistic. Realistically, hybrid organisations work better - In an organization the structure of the organization i.e. the hierarchy is the bone of the organization. Whereas collaboration and empowerment are the two main muscles of the organization. Both the bone structure and muscle help is developing a great organization.
5. Psychological safety is the most important factor for a team’s success. What we refer by Psychological safety means that all the employees in the company must be able freely speak their mind without the worry of being judged or punished. However, there are chances this could be mis-utilized by certain individuals as Carlo puts it well.
6. Surrounding yourself with coaches and mentors who allow you the freedom to ask and discuss the difficult questions help you stay competitive in this world.
Some of the additional resources for your reference as mentioned in the session:
1. An Article by Mike Lee on "Beyond the Holacracy Hype": Click Here
2. An Article by Mike Lee on "Research in Organizational Behavior": Click Here
3. Talk provided by Mr Carlo at MERIT Summit 2019: Click Here
4. Details about our course at Harvard on "Collaborative Leadership": Click Here
5. A podcast about Psychological Safety that is at the heart of Collaborative Leadership by Amy Edmondson (HBS): Click Here
6. A talk on Immunity to Change by Robert Keagan (HBS): Click Here
7. A Blog on Collaborative Leadership by Slack: Click Here