October 7, 2020
by John O. Burdett
Who can deny that this crisis has brought a recognition that, metaphorically speaking, the trees have, indeed, gotten bigger and the forest much deeper.
The Soft Stuff … Is The Hard Stuff
Who can deny that this crisis has brought a recognition that, metaphorically speaking, the trees have, indeed, gotten bigger and the forest much deeper. Few are those leaders who don’t need to sharpen their saw.
Complexity, ever-increasing speed of change, ongoing disruption, and the challenge of implementing new technology have had an indelible impact on the first two decades of this century.
The 20th century organisation is a very blunt instrument with which to confront the challenge of this century. Moreover, when we add the human dimension a pandemic brings into sharp focus, it becomes patently obvious that moving forward is about far more than digitalisation, an improved supply chain and remote employment.
To come out of this crisis stronger means, paradoxically, drawing on a behavioural investment that has its origins in our hunter-gatherer past; a capability that business schools don’t teach and few recruiters set as a priority. The very core of character that has, all-too-often, been described as “the soft side of leadership.” Inaccurately portrayed, one should add, because – based on how effectively they are practiced – these soft skills are clearly, pretty hard.
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John O. Burdett is founder of Orxestra® Inc. He has extensive international experience as a senior executive. As a consultant he has worked in more than 40 countries for organisations that are household names. John has worked on organisation culture for some of the world's largest organisations. His ongoing partnership with TRANSEARCH International means that his thought leading intellectual property, in any one year, supports talent management in many hundreds of organisations around the world. Get in touch with John O. Burdett »