It's time to open up nominations for Post of the Month. As always, plenty to choose from but I have put up a starting list below of my own favourites. Please do add to these by nominating any good posts that were posted in February in the comments below or direct. So my starting list is:
'We started with a simple question, “How has leadership practice changed in the last five years?”'. A useful new report from Wolff Olins based on interviews with 43 global CEOs, 10 Leadership experts and a counterpoint employee survey. Key finding is that CEOs need to 'find ways to create the uncorporation: a company where the culture celebrates and nurtures individualism whilst continuing to meet hard and demanding targets'. There's a good take on what that really means here.
I'm a big fan of the value of short-term wins in helping to support, and generate momentum for, change in companies. In Leading Change, John Kotter has a pithy summary of why they work. The role of short-term wins:, he says, is to (and I quote):
Provide evidence that sacrifices are worth it: Wins greatly help justify the short-term costs involved
Reward change agents with a pat on the back: After a lot of hard work, positive feedback builds morale and motivation
Help fine-tune vision and strategies: Short-term wins give the guiding coalition concrete data on the viability of their ideas
Undermine cynics and self-serving resisters: Clear improvements in performance make it difficult for people to block needed change.
Keep bosses on board: Provides those higher in the hierarchy with evidence that the transformation is on track.
Build momentum: Turns neutrals into supporters, reluctant supporters into active helpers,
He goes on to say that a good short-term win needs to be visible (so that large numbers of people can see for themselves whether the result is real or just hype), unambiguous (so there can be little argument over it) and clearly related to the change effort (so the context is clear). Significant issues can occur when a change programme does not systematically plan for the creation of short-term wins.