Today’s business leaders face incredible pressure to anticipate, adapt, and produce. Unfortunately, ongoing uncertainty and increasing demands cause many to fall into the trap of over-management. And it’s not uncommon: when a system crumbles and a new one is not yet fixed in place, we get a lot of chaos and confusion.
Figuring out what’s next is not easy for business and organizational leaders. What are the questions they need to be asking in order to find clarity? How do they find a new vision, when there is ongoing uncertainty about any return to former norms?
What leaders need is a balance of independence and interdependence. They need to focus on economics and management issues, as well as how they respond to social, technological, cultural, political, environmental, and religious issues. Childcare, education, and working remotely have a tremendous impact on how they do business. Meeting after meeting leaves workers with very little time to actually do the work and complete assignments as agreed.
We need to rethink our previous assumptions about how we do business, and where we are going. What we have known about the past and assumed about the present is no longer sufficient to prepare for the future. Effective leadership requires a balance of interdependence and independence.
These articles and Article Nuggets explore interdependence versus independence in organizations, and how leaders and managers can foster better interdependence.
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- Interdependence versus independence
- Toward better interdependence
- It Begins with attitude
- Two factors for better team interdependence
- Team interdependence: one size does not fit all
- Shift your management for success
- Coaching team interdependence and peak performance in a virtual world
And references to the following sources:
Francesca Gino, “Cracking the Code of Sustained Collaboration” Harvard Business Review November-December 2019
Nicole Stephens and Sarah Townsend, “Research: How You Feel About Individualism is Influenced by Your Social Class” Harvard Business Review 2017
Colin Woodward, American Nations (Penguin Group 2011)
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