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  • 13 ideas for 2013 | White Water Group
    Testimonials Who We Are History Meet the Team Contact Us Leadership Blog Women in Business Blog News Research Shop Free Resources Our Shop Free Resources Category 13 ideas for 2013 Home Archive for 13 ideas for 2013 Top Founding members of the Association for Coaching Enter your details below to sign up to our blogs First Name Last Name Email Leadership Blog Women in Business Blog What We Do Who

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  • Christmas | White Water Group
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  • New Year’s Eve | White Water Group
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  • A leadership compass for the Philippines catastrophe : White Water Group
    the mathematics of complexity to understand unpredictable business situations and developed the Cynefin framework The model classifies the operative context of situations from Simple business as usual to Complicated Complex and Chaotic In a Complicated environment a single solution does exist this is the realm of the leader as expert either directly or by calling in the right expertise In this context analysis is key but is also the greatest blocker to action The leader must both solicit expert opinion but also encourage novel ways of thinking At some point the leader provides a cut off decision between finding the best solution and moving to action The keywords to the thinking are Sense Analyse Respond Complex problems are also called wicked problems This is where problems are inter dependent there are multiple feedback loops and no single right solution The leader s role is to create the situation where an actionable solution can emerge For example in the film Apollo 13 the leader puts experts in a room and asks them to find a solution He creates pressure if you don t find a solution they will die but also protects them from a premature jump into action to satisfy the urge to do something as well as external influence Keywords of the model are Probe Sense and Respond In the Chaotic situation the model changes to Act Sense and Respond The leadership style changes to command and control to establish some form of order there is no point carrying out any analysis the focus is to stop the bleeding This is what a trauma response team does stabilise the patient before any assessment takes place This is also part of what we are seeing in the Philippines get some helicopters out reopen some airports get large quantities of rice on the ground Right now Following the response to chaos the role of the leader is to migrate the situation rapidly from Chaotic to Complex a situation where a number of solutions will emerge each contributing to an overall improvement It is not important for resources to be allocated optimally simply for multiple contributions to solving the complex problem At this point the challenge of the leader is to know when to move away from command and control and get back to letting ideas flourish Consider Rudy Giuliani he was the perfect leader for both the chaos that was New York when he took over in 1994 as well as the World Trade Center tragedy yet his style was too uni dimensional to deal with the business as usual years that followed Visibility as a prerequisite One aspect of leadership that is often overlooked is the need to be visible especially when there is no news Philippino media and people are baying for news right now Any news We have long known from crisis management that any unpalatable truth is better than denial anyone remembers the Perrier crisis However leaders often confuse the absence of news as a lull enabling

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  • Environment | White Water Group
    Blog Women in Business Blog News Research Shop Free Resources Our Shop Free Resources Tag Environment Home Top Founding members of the Association for Coaching Enter your details below to sign up to our blogs First Name Last Name Email

    Original URL path: http://whitewatergroup.eu/tag/environment/ (2015-11-08)
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  • News | White Water Group
    Posts tagged News François co authors article in Financial Times calling for the redefinition of MBA curricula for Gen Y leaders Posted on 17 07 2015 By Vanessa Bouchard Categories News Tags Gen Y Leaders McGill News This article which François co authored with his fellow MBA alumni stresses the need for innovation in MBA programmes to ensure their future relevance as well Read more Top Founding members of the

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  • Philippines | White Water Group
    Blog Women in Business Blog News Research Shop Free Resources Our Shop Free Resources Tag Philippines Home Top Founding members of the Association for Coaching Enter your details below to sign up to our blogs First Name Last Name Email

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  • Wine making and leadership: pick your strategy carefully… : White Water Group
    as opposed to subtle taste Being concentrated they have a low yield are therefore more expensive to produce Finally producers around the world are competing for the same predictable product and all wine ends up tasting the same This week I tried wines from Australia Chile and the USA costing well over 50 a bottle which were both remarkably similar and pretty undrinkable If wine is not your thing then imagine listening to music on a boom box with all the settings turned all the way up the resulting wall of sound will get your foot tapping due to its immediacy but will also rapidly grow tiring This lemming like reaction to major change is not new systematic benchmarking and business process re engineering were essentially crowd reactions to the first wave of technological change in the late 80s Benchmarking was a serious lapse of corporate imagination and resulted in products such as the Eurobox where for about 10 years every European car looked remarkably bland and similar As companies outsourced every possible function and adopted standardised software and processes multi nationals became clones of one another Yet I would argue that every period of big change essentially represents a raising of the quality threshold as well as an incentive for crowd behaviour Cars today are infinitely better designed and built than in the 80s the global supply chain has improved both product quality and affordability So perhaps we can think of big change as a two step process a rush to adopt new technology or ways of working followed by an opportunity for innovation and differentiation from competitors Going back to wine modern techniques such as night time harvesting and temperature controlled fermentation have now spread to the remotest parts of the world and the reliable screw cap closure

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