Sunday 8 February 2015

Closing the technology/leadership/management gap

This Sunday's sparkenation.

Technology is ever-changing. And it's changed how we see and treat people. Often with negative consequences.

Advances in technology are great and can be of awesome value to our lives. Only however in my view if we have a strong sense of our humanity that is reflected in our actions. Leadership and management play a critical role. 21st century technology with 20th century or even older leadership and management is a recipe for disaster.

A key question real leaders must ask and answer with action is: How are my leadership and management adapting and growing in this mobile centric, technology driven world?

Today and for the future effective leadership is all about mobility. And management must be in sync or everything grinds to a halt.

Mobile “able to move or be moved freely or easily.”

Leadership is about feelings, emotions, matters of the heart. Leadership is a verb. Leadership is about moving people.

I define leadership as the art of inspiring people to bring everything remarkable that they are (that one-of-a-kind that each of us is) to everything they do.

Leadership falters, and usually very badly without management. I define management as the practice of making it simple for people to bring everything remarkable that they are to everything they do.

Management is about policies, procedures, practices, processes, systems (PPPPS’s), whereas leadership is all about people. Effective use of technology greatly assists management. There's always trouble though if our leadership isn't up with the times.

Removing and preventing conflict, difficulty, and disharmony between People and PPPPS’s is a great challenge for every leader on earth. Overcoming this challenge in part means technology can be our friend and not our enemy.

How successfully are you meeting this challenge?

I meet many people using 21st century technology. The trouble is that their leadership and management are 20th century and even older.

Be remarkable.

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