Leadership

Leading into the Future XIa: Can the Center Hold Given the Challenge of Size and Complexity?

Leading into the Future XIa: Can the Center Hold Given the Challenge of Size and Complexity?

The postmodern organizations to be found in most contemporary societies are subject to rapid change and rapid growth; furthermore, they have become complex as a result of attempts to accommodate this change and growth

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Leading into the Future X: Are We Post Post-Modernism?

Leading into the Future X: Are We Post Post-Modernism?

Those who are leading (and learning) into the future, will find the order that underlies much of the chaos in contemporary organizations. If these leaders are to learn into the future, they will have to be intellectually honest—acknowledging the chaos that inevitably underlies much of the apparent order to be found in contemporary organizations.

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Leading into the Future IX: Fragmented and Inconsistent Images

Leading into the Future IX: Fragmented and Inconsistent Images

We had moved in our postmodern world into a form of global capitalism that requires high levels of consumption, which in turns requires ceaseless transformation in style, a connoisseurship of surface, an emphasis on packaging and reproducibility.

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Leading into the Future VII: Constructivism and Postmodernism

Leading into the Future VII: Constructivism and Postmodernism

I have already introduced the term “postmodernism” when beginning to describe the challenges associated with “leading into the future.” Now …

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Leading into the Future VI:  Postmodern Perspectives on Organizational Life

Leading into the Future VI: Postmodern Perspectives on Organizational Life

We must discard that which is superficially interesting but transitory and determine that which we individually and collectively should attend to at any point in time.

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Leading into the Future V:  Transition in Organizational Forms and Roles

Leading into the Future V: Transition in Organizational Forms and Roles

Major shifts have occurred as our world has moved from a premodern era (based in the extraction of natural resources and craft work) to a modern era (industrial and human-service based). Shifts of a similar magnitude are now occurring throughout the world (and particularly in the Western world) as we move into a postmodern world.

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Leadership and Anxiety–Containment and Metabolism I: Anxiety in a VUCA-Plus Environment

Leadership and Anxiety–Containment and Metabolism I: Anxiety in a VUCA-Plus Environment

The leaders of organizations in the 21st Century often must deal with major challenges associated with the anxiety experienced by specific members of their organization, as well as the diffuse anxiety that pervades specific departments in the leader’s organization or the entire organization.

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Leading into the Future IV: Order, Chaos and the Three Societies

Leading into the Future IV: Order, Chaos and the Three Societies

It is important to recognize both the newness of the world in which we are leading and the organizational and societal structures, problems and opportunities that we have inherited and that are emerging in our current world.

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Leading into the Future III: From the Pendulum to the Fire

Leading into the Future III: From the Pendulum to the Fire

This essay concerns a critical concept as we prepare to lead into the future: the changes we are now experiencing are not reversible.

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Leading into the Future II: A Tale of Three Societies

Leading into the Future II: A Tale of Three Societies

Many societies in our world are in the midst of major transformation from a premodern to modern social structure. This is being replicated in the shift of other societies from a modern to postmodern social structure.

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