To prepare for a radically different tomorrow, those who seek to prosper under the enormous disruption of business unusual should redefine strategy in terms of people relationships.
Meaning bottom-up leadership where employees have a seat at the table. HR expert Liz Ryan in a recent Forbes article has ideas on how to do more than cope:
When I read about the reality TV show “Undercover Boss” I thought it was a put-on. It can’t be true, I thought. Could CEOs and their handlers be stupid enough to shout the news on national TV: “Hey, world! I’ve got so little presence in my firm that my own employees don’t recognize me! Shareholders, especially, take note! Don’t you want a guy like me, unknown to his team, running the show?” Can you imagine being a Communications chief at one of these companies, and allowing your CEO to go on national TV and proclaim to the world that his or her employees don’t have a clue who s/he is?
We can’t imagine an Apple employee not knowing Steve Jobs’ face, voice and style, and Jobs was not alone in that respect. Ask any employee of a well-run company about his or her chief executive, and you’ll hear about a person with a beating heart, a face, possibly a bad haircut, and a point of view that’s well-known to the team.
What is the point of leadership, after all, except to share a vision and a worldview (associated with the leader’s own history and personality) with other people? Any CEO who could walk among his rank-and-filers without fear of being identified is a weak leader indeed, and should be attending remedial leadership courses, not demonstrating his failure on TV. If the employees in your organization don’t know who your top dog is, and don’t know his (or her) face, voice, jokes, views and perspective, can you say that your organization is being led, at all?
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