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Last month I received an alert about an article that bore my name in the French newspaper Les Echos. In the Business section reporter Valerie Landrieu grabbed me with the headline (I have translated the best I could for the non French speaking audience):
A New Measurement Tool
for Business Acceleration
The article breaks down a growing trend; global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles worked diligently to diagnose the key vectors of success from twenty-three elite companies. These factors they discovered are the difference between uber-success and mediocrity in today's shifting economic environments.
Heidrick & Struggles took their findings and developed people management software that may rival Accenture and Atlassian, when it comes to productivity...but can we measure what we thought was un-measurable; human engagement?
Valerie looked past the software, bringing us back to the human question, and the quote that grabbed my attention:
H&S created a tool to increase the speed and productivity of a management team(s).
But, are their members leaders?
In short: do they know how to shape strategy, inspire and influence at every level of the company? Do they exercise "liquid leadership"?
The latter concept, borrowed from management consultant Brad Szollose, describes the ability to execute the strategy by reducing the complexity of the environment and by freeing the structures to set up a team(s) ability to be successful.
On another note, it is something I mention in a later chapter in Liquid Leadership; not only can technology now be used to measure machine productivity, but people as well. And it could get Orwellian if we are not careful.
The reason we MUST adapt to a new management style is because of 2 reasons; people have changed dramatically—from generation to generation, each has different needs, wants and goals, along with technology giving smaller companies the ability to compete with larger ones.
Figure out out to engage people in this day and age, and you shall be considered a genius.So what does the term Liquid Leadership really mean? Here is MY definition:
Liquid Leadership is a fluid style of leadership that continuously sustains the flow of ideas (and productivity), within an organization in order to create and maximize opportunities in an ever-shifting marketplace.
Okay, that may sound like boring corporate-speak, but, we are facing an era of unprecedented change both domestically here in the United States and Canada, as well as globally in countries like China and Europe. We can see it in the protests as one generation stands up, questioning the status quo, while another more seasoned generation may stand befuddled as to what is going on.
As people and technology keep shifting at a rapid pace, instead of clinging to old ways of doing things—command and control environments, hierarchy and advancement based on age, and using the same strategies our grandparents used—don't you think it's time to explore something new?
Time to move past the Myers-Briggs and DISC® movement and embrace the possibility that we need something that engages people at their core. These are great tools for hiring people and understanding personality conflicts, but what about tools that help us get people engaged, excited and increase productivity? True leadership will always have a need to understand, interact and inspire their people.
That part of business will always
require a 'human touch.'
They used to say "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it."...yet what we've started to realize is that the touchy-feely stuff is at its core the reason why people stay in an organization.
Check out this article from WIRED Magazine:
Now with all the software out there that can help you choose your winners, don't forget; this is about people. That means every hire, every employee evaluation, every promotion still requires human beings to be involved with other human beings.
This is a skill we can't just hand over to software. A skill that only a rare few have innately. And that skill is the ability to spot talent, motivate, engage and inspire others, simply by their presence.
You've met a person or two like that in your business life.
They are rare indeed...
Now I am not delusional; some things in business will never change, but Liquid Leadership gives you the tools to adapt your leadership style for an ever-shifting world.
Global Management Consultant
Cross Generational Leadership Development & Workforce Performance Strategies
Brad Szollose (pronounced zolis), is a globally recognized Management Consultant and the foremost authority on Millennials and Cross-Generational Leadership Development
TEDX Speaker, Web pioneer and the author of the award-winning, bestseller Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia, Brad is a former C-level executive of a publicly traded company that he cofounded that went from entrepreneurial start-up to IPO in three years; the first Dot Com Agency to go public on NASDAQ. His company K2 Design, experienced 425% hyper-growth, due in part to a unique management style that won his company the Arthur Andersen NY Enterprise Award for Best Practices in Fostering Innovation.
Today the world’s leading business publications seek out Brad’s insights on Millennials, and he has been featured in Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Inc., Advertising Age, The International Business Times, and The Hindu BusinessLine to name a few, along with television, radio and podcast appearances on CBS and other media outlets.