Business Leadership Effectiveness

When we have done research into leadership styles we have often detected a dismissive attitude towards the employees by a management team. The management team have an opinion that they know what is right for the organisation and that they, exclusively, must lead this organisation. Whilst this is not a bad thing, Peter Senge explains this as “the myth of the hero-leader” – a shared story that leaders are the few special people blessed with the capability for command and influence. Their mix of ...
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Making Sense At Work

When we view an organisation as a system for sense-making, we can see how power can be used not only as a tool to get things done in a particular way, but also as a tool that affects the sense-making process of the rest of the organisation. Brown says “power is most strategically deployed in the design and implementations of frameworks within which the very meaning of such actions as ‘making decisions’ is defined”. From this we can say that at many organisations the ways of making sense of the...
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How Does Language Affect Your Organisation?

When we look at an organisation from a perspective of language, metaphor and representation, as suggested by Julian Day and Mike Jackson, we discover that the language spoken by many of the top management teams in organisations today, supports the view of being leaders in control of an organisation. Interestingly, other groups within the same organisation e.g. the middle management team and the workers, mostly have 'viability of strategic initiatives' as drivers of their systems (Effectivenes...
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Power in Business

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Does a senior management team command the power to reject the collective intelligence of the organisation below it? The answer may lie equally in the beliefs of the employees as in the practices of the management team. Metcalf and Urwick talk of the reaction to power as a “natural urge” to regain an equilibrium that has been disturbed by a favour bestowed on the encumbered. This reaction in essence validates the power relationship and as Stacey put it, a gesture is not a valid gesture withou...
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