Best Signature Insights Blogging of 2008

Add a little learning at least weekly to a blog and before you know it, you can accumulate some very useful and wise insights. In the spirit of looking back before racing ahead into 2009, here are a few Signature Insight blog entries from the past year that deepened our understanding of leading change.

Strategic Planning Worthy of an Organization’s Aspirations and Potential. (Sept. 6, 2008) Strategic planning that makes a difference has these qualities: shared vision of where passion meet opportunity, audacious goals demanding our best efforts, a focused strategy, commitment to the next steps, signature initiatives that signal new commitment, and a discipline of accountability and adaptability.

Five Critical Roles for Change in Organizations. (Aug. 15, 2008) There are at least five distinctive roles that are critical in leading change in any organization: champions, change agents, sponsors, project managers and followers.

Three Disciplines Equip Facilitators for Leading Change. (Oct. 22, 2008) Good facilitation draws on three disciplines and skills: strategic thinking knowledge and decision making skills; organizational skills and execution expertise; and human context and group dynamics.

A Sharp Eye on Changing Conditions and a Keen Ear for Growing Dissatisfaction. (Sept. 24, 2008) There are at least two ways to recognize change is needed: organizations can see that changing conditions require significant change, and they also can detect signals of growing dissatisfaction with current circumstances.

Blessed Unrest in How We Do Leadership. (July 23, 2008) We are changing the way we govern and organize ourselves to collaborative leadership or distributed leadership. Today the challenge is how to share the leadership role effectively with greater engagement of all stakeholders.

Leaders Have Followers. (Nov. 20, 2008) How often do we look for potential leaders in the people who already have followers? More than knowledge and competencies, this is the best demonstration of a person’s leadership ability.

A World Where the Consequences Are Better with Us. (Sept. 16, 2008) We make a decision that looks good for its time and purpose only to fail to anticipate its downside. No leader or group of leaders can think of everything without open processes to get a 360-degree, decades-long view of the impact of our decisions.

Give Your Vision a Public Face to Prove You Mean It. (Dec. 19, 2008) Rare is the association that boldly organizes its website around its aspirations for the future. If more organizations truly aligned their most public face, their websites, to communicate their vision and strategic framework, these documents wouldn’t lose their power.