The demand for skilled leadership exceeds supply worldwide and the pressure is high for organisations to find and retain top talent. Ulrich F. Ackermann, Chair at TRANSEARCH International, is interviewed alongside other global AESC leaders for the most recent Executive Talent magazine to discuss the tremendous growth in the executive search and leadership consulting profession.
There is one fact of life that is impossible to ignore - tomorrow will be (very) different. More specifically, the rate of change is getting faster - and about to get much faster. It is a matter of adapt or perish.
Flexibility, a flatter structure, enhanced freedom to act, and a laser-like business focus represent part of the answer. Being faster, however, is ultimately all about how people learn.
In this excerpt from the book 'The A–Z of Organization Culture', John Burdett explains why the speed of learning is quickly becoming the ultimate competitive advantage, and presents several innovative ways of introducing effective learning experiences into your organisation.
Team building can be a way to accelerate the team through the learning curve. However, it doesn't matter how fast you appear to move ahead if at the end of the day you are still lost. The following is an extract from the book Team: Align, Build, Connect & Develop, by John Burdett (PDF document) and available to purchase from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Team-Align-Build-Connect-Develop/dp/096872339X/
For a great organisation, culture isn't an abstract or vague concept … it's real … it speaks to people. It's not a competitive advantage … it's a competitive imperative.
To survive is to adapt. "Are you managing your culture?" If any of the seven questions that follow receives a negative response, the answer is, almost certainly, "not so much."
When the environment changes dramatically, it changes for everyone. If you don't adapt, extinction is inevitable. Yesterday's success may well sow the seeds of tomorrow's demise. And agility really is a make-or-break issue.
Other than know-how in technology, which is a given, leadership competencies differ depending upon the role. That understood, five leadership competencies are emerging as having future primacy.
John Burdett is a best-selling author on leadership and organisation culture, and is Leadership advisor to TRANSEARCH International. In this download (PDF) John explains in detail what leaders need to know now to embrace mastery in each of these competencies.