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18 HBR Finalists on Redistributing Power

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It Is Written: The M-Prize and You

08162013-tumblr_mrfv0yClam1qeubbbo1_1280For some time I’ve wondered what leadership will look like when the power of monologue is finally revealed as the empty shell it always was.

I’m not alone with that question.

It seems the folks running the Harvard Business Review have teamed with McKinsey to incent people to rethink “the work of leadership, redistributing power, and unleashing 21st century leadership skills.” The result is a series of case studies that should prove interesting—and not just to folks in the leadership industry.

I’ve not read any of these 18 articles but I plan on reading them all. I’m interested because the more we learn about how to build conversations that free our best thinking, the more likely we are to innovate. And the more likely we are to find ourselves living out our vocation. And the more that happens, the more better everything gets.

Yesterday I stumbled on an ancient text that presented an insight on the very kind of leader the M-Prize hopes to unearth. The text talked about a very unusual leadership skill set: This leader is equally at home encouraging the worker in pain as he is furthering the cause of justice. This leader can fan the dying embers of a person’s passion even as she moves earth’s largest causes forward. No trampling on others in an upward climb for this leader.

If you stop by Conversation is an Engine with any regularity, you know that a theology of conversation exerts a powerful gravity around here. We have this hunch that people were made to be in conversation and that we become fully human as we engage in conversation. And more: conversation may be a part of any knowledge we lay claim to.

Naturally, there’s a lot more to say about this.

But the leader who understands the power of conversation and works at interactive collaboration rather than straight-line order delivery is the leader poised to succeed.

It is written.

So—Kudos to the HBR/McKinsey folks for their vision.


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Written by kirkistan

August 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

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  1. […] HR stunt, only using new tools. Just another command and control technique that only climbers are interested […]

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