Successful projects always start with a clear and measurable goal. Therewith you can guarantee that everyone goes into the same direction and that desired end results and easy to understand. One of the handiest tools to both define and share such goals is the Aim’s Grid.
We all know the situation: Marketing is pointing in one direction, Sales in another. The purchase department follows their own goals and the product development department anyway. So everyone is leading to another point. Just as in our video, simply asking “Where is North?”.
We all know the pyramid as a symbol for a classical leadership approach working top-down. With the current situation in nowadays organisations this symbol often can’t keep up with any longer. Conditions of our life and work changed and new challenges arose. Therewith a reasonable understanding of leadership also changed and led to a real paradigm shift.
Lateral leadership – which means leading without hierarchical power – is THE leadership model of the future. Parameters like the democratization of society, higher educational standards and much more contributed to the fact that the classical hierarchical leadership model, working top-down, meets its boarders nowadays.
Since decades there are leadership programs for leaders and sales programs for sales managers. In terms of the development of experts you find comparatively few specific offers and programs. Even more surprising if you think of the fact that the experts’ importance is constantly rising in nowadays knowledge society and that they can give a boost to an organisation’s innovation potential.
Motion – countermotion. Offense – defense. This kind of thinking and behaviour seems to be deep-seated in european brains, whether it’s in daily live or in job communication. But countermotion and a blind rage of defense unnecessarily cost a lot of energy – in live and in communication. Therefore, in the upcoming week use the power of Kung Fu for effective communication.
Sometimes we are really blinkered when we enter the office in the morning. We are totally focussed and concentrated on our own to-do-list, our tasks for the day, orders from the bosses, on our aims and on everything we want to achieve. In doing so we do not see the interests of our colleagues and employees. But those interests are crucial for being a successful leader. Therefore we ask you to give others’ interests your best attention in the upcoming week.
Lateral leadership means leading without disciplinary power. The species Lateral Leader more and more claims its place amongst the roles in modern organisations and with it the challenges and chances the lateral leadership style brings along.
To be a successful lateral leader a lot of skills and competencies are needed, far beyond classical leadership tools, in order to smooth potential resistances, to win the employees’ favour and to master projects both with complex teams and tasks. Therefore, those who have success with this challenge really earn the term super-species. In the following you find a description of the up-and-coming lateral leaders.