Category Archives: Leadership

Leading large transdisciplinary projects

What’s required to lead exceptionally large projects involving many dozens of participants from various scientific disciplines (including biophysical, social, and economic), multiple stakeholders, and efforts spanning a gamut from discovery to implementation? Such projects are common when investigating social-ecological systems … Continue reading

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Leading Change: Breaking Through the Fear of Mistakes

One of the most underestimated reasons for change to fail is the fear of failure.  Fear of failure can be deeply embedded in the organization. In the way targets are set, in the way performance and success is managed, in … Continue reading

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Complexity and the Nexus of Leadership: Leveraging Nonlinear Science to Create Ecologies of Innovation

Using leadership to generate greater innovation, connectivity, and organizational transformation is crucial for success in this challenging era. The authors present here a new approach to leadership based on findings from complexity science. Integrating real case studies with rigorous research … Continue reading

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Rules Without Relationship Breed Rebellion

And, my observations and experience tell me that rules without relationship create more problems than they solve. In the context of this blog, I am not addressing the rules, regulations, and laws of our larger society. I’m pointing towards closer … Continue reading

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Complex Social Problems Call for Evolutionary Leadership

One of the reasons it seems so impossible to solve the complex social challenges that our society faces is that we’re waiting for leaders “out there” to do it for us. Well, who are these people? Elected officials, business leaders… … Continue reading

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The social business

Almost all leadership concepts start with the assumption that a key role for the leader is to set a direction. This usually means designing and communicating a vision and a set of goals. Traditionally, the roles of vision and goals … Continue reading

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Beyond Consensus or Majority: Notes about Decision-Making in a Leaderless Movement

On October 18th I participated in the general assembly meeting in OccupyOakland. On October 22nd I posted a piece about that experience, which I named In Search of Dialogue. Even before writing that piece I have been engaging in my … Continue reading

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Insights on Leadership: Service, Stewardship, Spirit, and Servant-Leadership

Read Leadership without hierarchy? Organization in a whirlwind of change? Community and shared responsibility in a global village? Robert Greenleaf’s visionary theory of Servant-Leadership: employee empowerment and organizational change. The servant-leader is servant first. Becoming a servant-leader begins with the … Continue reading

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Three core practices for creative leadership

From an interview with my dear friend Peggy Holman on enhancing creative leadership: Q: What is one practice that people could start applying today to bring more creativity into their work or their business organization? Holman: If I were to … Continue reading

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Using a Complexity Approach to Lead Sustainability

Read Read also: An empirical study of sustainability leaders who hold post-conventional consciousness I just spent the last week working with a group of sustainability leaders and change agents at an excellent seminar put on by Experience Integral. One of … Continue reading

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