Twofer Tuesday: On Rethinking Leadership & Giving Up Control

Every week in our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group the group shares some insights, ideas and links all designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day realities of your workday. Here are two that I shared…

Is it time for you to rethink leadership?

William Blake, crazy-brilliant poet, talked about “mind-forg’d manacles” in his poem “London”, the way our thinking can bind us and limit us.

One of the great moments of unshackling for the team here at Box of Crayons was when we started working with Les McKeown at Predictable Success. That’s one of the reasons I’ve had him contributing to things like the Great Work MBA and the ‘End Malaria’ book.

His insight on team dynamics and the three (maybe four) core roles that always play out in an organization was revolutionary for us. Simple but powerful.

And he explains them clearly and powerfully in his new book ‘Do Lead”. If it matters to you to engage others, inspire them with a vision and get some Great Work done … then this book is worth adding to your bookshelf. After you’ve read it, of course.

As a bonus, there’s an easy way to be in the running to win some significantly fantastic consulting from Les and the team. I’d STRONGLY encourage you to consider entering this. Les has helped Box of Crayons enormously, and can help you too.

Enter the Contest: Win $100,000 in leadership development for your organization

Why you might want to give up a little control (with bonus murmuration!)

When I talk about Bad Work at Box of Crayons, I typically refer to the excess meetings, the pointless paperwork, the burdensome bureaucracy.

And I ask people: does anyone not know what I’m talking about?

And people laugh. Of course they know. Of course they’ve experienced that.

It’s a symptom of working in any organization. We try and deal with the messiness and ambiguity of all those human beings by laying down rules and lines and regulations.

In this article, there’s an argument for giving up control. Perhaps not all of it, but some of it. And in fact, it’s a distinction that’s been made before, between complicated systems (which needs rules – think building a space shuttle) and complex (think raising a child – which is best done by understanding deep seated principles),

As a bonus, the article refers to a murmuration. That’s one of my favourite things – I have a picture of it on my desktop. And if you’re not sure what it is, here’s the big reveal..

Read: Are You Ready to Lose Control?




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