Servant Leadership

Rod Boothby of Innovation Creators has hit the nail on the head again, this time outlining effective servant leadership.

For a C-level executive, the idea here is pretty simple: If you want to leverage the wisdom of the crowd, if you want to tap into the creative genius of your entire organization, if you want to leverage the full capabilities of emergent intelligence, you have to trust your people and you have to get out of their way. As a C-level executive, your only job is to create an environment that fosters innovation and success.

Check out the full article at Innovation Creators

management, micromanagement, project management

Micromanagers, Bureaucracies and Smart Teams

Smart Team vs. MicromanagerRod Boothby of Innovation Creators has put forward yet another fantastic article on Micromanagers & Bureaucracies Vs. Smart Teams.

Without getting political, Rod briefly examines the interesting reaction our culture has had to the accusations that Donald Rumsfeld is a micromanager. He then provides some fantastic visuals to represent how a micromanager truly limits the effectiveness of a group of workers.

The problem is that rigid bureaucracies and authoritarian micromanagers prevent an organization from leveraging the collective wisdom of every member of the organization.

Check out the full article on Rod’s site.

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Innovation Creators (which I’ve started reading regularly) has an interesting and broad article about micromanagement. The article touches on micro- versus macro-management in industry, relevance to enterprise blogs and economy.

Having recently suffered through the ultimate micromanagement experience, and now working for a true macromanager (referred to as Theory X and Theory Y managers respectively) this article outlines the differences very well and points to some other interesting resources on the topic.

management, project management, theory x, theory y, cat herding, micromanagement