How To Lead Like A Cock Roach. Not A Dinosaur. Everything You Learned About Leadership Was Wrong

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What a crazy world we live in. What an uncertain time to be a leader. Here is why leadership today is different. In the same week once perennial leader BlackBerry announced they were facing $1 billion loss and will slash 4,500 jobs Grand Theft Auto Five sold over $1 billion in three days. Not to mention in the same week Apple fans camped out waiting again for the new iPhone. If there is one thing different about leading in these crazy times it is this. Embrace unpredictability as the norm. Every competitive advantage is assailable. Nothing is sustainable.

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Of course, academicians, gurus and executives should have known this. In these wildly complex times commoditization is both the threat and opportunity for every leader, employee and organization.

You are going to have to hack into every aspect of your organization to make it faster and leaner. In other words, you are going to have to think like a cock roach not a dinosaur. In a word, cock roaches survive because they adapt. Another word for “adapt” is avoiding commoditization which is certainly something Lehman Brothers, Blackberry did not. In fact, commoditization is the bogey man for Microsoft and Intel. Not just leadership “can we all just get along?”

More on this later. Jim

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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  1. […] What a crazy world we live in. What an uncertain time to be a leader. Here is why leadership today is different. In the same week once perennial leader BlackBerry announced they were facing $1 bill…  […]

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