Leadership on all levels. Why? And how?

A session at Lean Agile Scotland

Friday 21st September, 2012

11:25am to 12:10pm (GMT)

Today's markets are highly dynamic and pose a complex problem space because they are steadily changing, contrary to markets in the 20th century. Strategies which base on massive decentralization and broad communication channels have proved to be successful by Google, the Germany based dm-drogeriemarkt and the US military on a variety of markets. To achieve such a degree of decentralization, employees have to take up and be delegated responsibility. Communication channels have to be broadened so information is available to everybody in the needed degree of detail. Employees have to arrive in new roles which have traditionally been occupied by classical management. To achieve all these things, you need a goal which is general enough to act as an orientation, not necessarily predetermining the way to get there. In this talk, I will present a model representing this goal and point to pitfalls and challenges. I will describe a way to relocate autonomy to the market oriented edge of the enterprise. The fourth principle of Kanban "Encourage acts of leadership" can act as a basis for such a transformation: The organization will need leaders on all levels not representing the likeness of a classical employee today. These employees have to take up the responsibility to act on the market and put change and improvement of the organization over their own ambition for power. "Acts of leadership" can be things like improving processes or giving help for personal change of every employee. In this talk, I will furthermore describe what kind of information should be available for all employees and give ideas, which responsibilities should be transferred to the edge of the company. As a closing, I will discuss the role of management in these organizations.

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Florian Eisenberg

Kanban enthusiast, consultant, translator of Kanban from the Inside – Kanban: Verstehen, einführen, anwenden bio from Twitter

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Time 11:25am12:10pm GMT

Date Fri 21st September 2012

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