THE ANATOMY OF EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP
Action takes effort, which is why so many good intentions pave the road.
The three 'D's will see you through: Discuss, Decide, Deliver.
Concensus is necessary to conjour up the will to act. You need, as the leader (s) to ask first before deciding. It makes life harder the other way around. Because once you commit to a strategy, it takes other people's time and commitment to deliver it.
Discuss - Decide - Deliver
ONLY REALISTIC STRATEGIES SHOW RESULTS
Changing the way people behave takes time. Even willing participants have to learn to adjust, adopt new processes and bring the unwilling onboard.
Organisations need to accept time is a constraint, stay loyal to their outcome and firm in their visible endorsement of the strategy, despite new pressures and leader changes.
The centre of organisations often disconnects with the field. New brooms sweeping clean de-rail many strategic investments. Staring again in the middle of ringfenced timescales undermines credibility. Stay strong.
CREATE A COMMITMENT
Using either existing data or creating an online source, we identify the key criteria we wish to understand and establish a baseline or startpoint from the data.
Protect your decisions by ringfencing your long term investments. Culture and behavioural change takes time; years rather than months. It takes time to sink in. Protect it.
Once decided to move forwards with an agreed destination, budget and hero, let go. Be patient. Stick to your milestones and allow the plan to be executed.
CREATING A PROGRAMME
Once we have agreed our baseline and our destination with our client, we can start to create a bespoke programme. We use elements of our generic programme resources and adapt them to the audience needs, timescales, budget limitations and our resource demands.
There are some physical aspects to our programme such as team building or experience delivery, that have a different delivery profile. Details are available on request.
Creating a clear understanding of culture as a significant factor in organisational success. Senior Leadership Teams have to collectively agree the need, the resources, the target audiences and the measurement criteria before programme design commences. This takes the form of our Optimising Culture module.
Understanding is based upon common language. The language here is leadership. It's structure, vocabulary, responsibilities and expectations. This are our Optimising Culture and Leadership modules. They are relevant at all levels in an organisation, and can be delivered to teams including their leaders as easily as to peer groups of leaders.
Once our destination and our language of leadership is established, everyday leaders need to absorb the organisation's expectations of them. How their leadership affects the way things get done. The simplest way to achieve this is by taking leaders through the three phases of Preparation, Execution and Reflection. How their engagement with minimum standards will be significantly more effective than aspirational perfection.
DELIVERING A PROGRAMME
There are various modules you can use to change understanding and / or behaviour. Choose the mix that works best for you in time, budget, audience needs and desired outcomes.
Our model of the Leadership Pyramid shows the majority of teams fall into two key categories: Everyday Leaders and The Establishment. The functions use similar tools but their focus is different. Their levels of experience and their engagement with the Organisation strategy in their everyday lives will create different needs
As said so often throughout this site, change takes time. But beyond that, depending on the scope of the project, the size of the audience and the length of the programmes, it takes time to implement the communications and re-enforce behaviours.
As with everything else in your life, posibilities are limited by available resources. You will always cut your cloth according to your needs. You have to prioritise resouces over time.
CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Once you speak the language you can join in the fun. Our Continuous Professional Development programme where participation is exclusively for our Alumni members
ONE TO ONE CONSULTANCY
Ross MacLennan sets aside two hours a day for Alumni members to book his time for one on one discussions. An opportunity to tap into a third party to confidentially review issues concerning leadership; to use another pair of eyes on your options.
Join the team to discuss weekly topics that might be towards the edge of Leadership, such as the ethics of leadership. A private non-judgemental group chat for an hour about stuff. I may even throw in a topic that has become relevant because I, for sure, don't know all the answers.
The plan is to share a monthly, (at first - aiming for weekly) podcast of a discussion that I have with one or two others who are very much at the coalface of Everyday Leadership. An in depth discussion with someone who is facing similar problems to you.
CREATING VALUE THROUGH EFFECTIVE
We believe you need to know what we cost for two good reasons. To avoid wasting time and to demonstrate transparency. We are a finite resource. The pricing below is for Ross MacLennan as Principal Consultant. He delivers the bulk of our products.
It also means you save significant money. If bought in goods and services can be invoiced direct to you we add no fee. If you wish us to manage and centrally bill as an agency, then a simple 5% management fee is added. This can be a significant cost saving compared to many business models.