THE CORE IDEA OF A “LEADERSHIP FORUM”
The concept of assisting our client organizations develop and establish a broader “Leadership Forum” (effectively the top-3 tiers in the organisation) is based on what we have recognised as the increasing business and organisational imperative to ensure deeper and more cross functional engagement in the strategic and operational agenda. There are two reasons to establish a Leadership Forum in your business: to improve communication (information exchange and the understanding/interpretation thereof), and to improve learning (building leadership, technical and functional capabilities that are linked to real time experience and future orientated innovation).
Typically, communication within organizations tends to be a reactive, top-down, functionally driven and one-way process. Much of the information flows that fill line manager’s email in-boxes tend to be in response to operational tasks that are both planned and un-planned. The messages that get passed around rely on individuals’ insights and abilities to manage work flows, prioritise tasks and manage their own time and resources. With our networked organisations (access to shared folders and intranet sites), the over reliance on electronic communication tools, and the busyness of operational meetings, we have neglected to tap into the richness of people actually talking to each other in a more reflective manner.
We see little evidence of time being allocated for leaders to ‘mind their own business’.Read more...