Organizations are so strange. Everyone wants the high potentials, the best employees on the market. But once they are hired, they are often put into the „leader“ (think, involve, solution) and the „employee“ (work, follow, problem) drawer.
So employees are not being asked or involved in decision making or planning. That might sound black and white, but ask yourself:
Who is asked in your organization, once a decision is needed? Leaders or Employees
I am happy to share with you the results of one of my recent projects at Continental on my future work mission – the Flexibility Engagement Campaign – For people, with people.
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A big part of the Digital Transformation is the role of our leaders.
At conferences, magazines and the internet we can read every day, that leaders have to change. I have a slightly different perspective on that. It sees whenever something new comes up, we are talking about „change“ as if there is a magic method to get from present to future state.
In my eyes most of the time it would be more valuable to take a closer look, what are the new demands and how to educate ourselves to become familiar and professional about it.
For a conference, where I was asked to share my personal view on „Digital Leadership“ (as I was recognized with a „Digital Leader award„). […]
Lately more and more people asked me about the GUIDE Self Introduction Form, which I developed as an application form (and filter) to find voluntary Change Agents. Here it is – with some background information and how I put it together (and why) It has been a lessons learned review for me as well – so thanks for the trigger.
In 2012 I had the task to drive a huge culture change at Continental – introducing Enterprise Social Networking. To reach all our (back than)86.000 colleagues with access to a computer, I needed a network of passionate change agents. My goal was to have at least one in every location (in 50 countries) and this „GUIDE“ should not have to take care of more than 200 people, personally. So I had to find about 400 highly engaged, self driven colleagues in all levels, all regions, functions and age – also hierarchy level.
How to find 400 passionate change agents (without THEM knowing, they could be) The only fast communication channel, back than has been eMail, so I won over our CFO and CHO to send out a short note to every colleague worldwide:
„Are you a motivated, curious, communicative person?
Do you want to become part of a global GUIDE network demonstrating a new method of communication and collaboration?“
Apply to be a GUIDE by filling out this short Self Introduction Form
During the three year journey, I never mentioned Change Management tools, methods or terms or called anyone „Change Agent“.
Many had doubts that those „voluntary“ colleagues could do the job
I did not ask for grades, positions, functions, education levels. The only request I made has been:
What a great day – Daimler goes digital and started with their first netWORK camp in Stuttgart. 80 highly engaged colleagues gathered to get inspired, to align, share, do workshops and set pace for the digital Journey and Enterprise Social Media implementation. Goal is to build a Multiplier Network like we did with our global GUIDE Network at Continental.
What do almost all collaboration platforms have in common?
learning the basics about the five core elements of digital collaboration,
will make your life a lot easier!
No matter if it is UBER, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Slack, LinkedIn, My Hammer, eBay, YouTube, ESN…? Many people struggle about the great amount of different platforms. Once they realize that mostly they are depending on others, which platform they should use (because the company uses it, an event participation requires you to use it, you university or even your sports club), many are frustrated because of the huge variety of available platforms, apps and systems.
Let’s make it easy again!
They almost all work quite similar:
Taking a closer look, most platforms start with a registration […]
If you are afraid of information overload, you can keep crying or start improving your skills!
Blaming information, people or… is not going to help you. In fact the information has not increased, but it’s accessibility, Today it is finally possible to get information from many places, events and actions with just one click. As long as you still want to „control“ it, you will burn out. Start building a valuable network, connect with like-minded people, follow those who share information, you are curious about (or in business context – topics along your profession and projects). One core functionality of social collaboration is the consolidation power of your network. Relevance is given by likes and comments… your network will support you with seeing, what is relevant … start building trust and learn! There is no information overload, and there is no un-important information (it’s just unimportant from your perspective) – understand that in Social Communication not you, but the „audience“ decides, what is relevant – and when. We call this going from push (your mails) to pull (everything is available at your fingertip)
PS if you are suffering from eMail overload… you are just using the wrong tool ;-)
Tomorrow I am looking forward to my presentation at the LinkedIn Executive Summit in the brand new LinkedIn DACH headquarters in Munich. Some hours of intensive exchange around digitalization, future work and what I am specifically interested in – what to expect next from LinkedIn’s portfolio ;-)
In my presentation I will focus on the experience with digital adoption and the title:
With LinkedIn, SlideShare, Pulse, Groups and the new Lookup there is already a variety of applications available. Just recently they added Tagging into their Status Updates, which is great. I would love to see it also in the profiles…
If you are afraid of loosing control with flexible work (home office, part time, flexible hours, mobile work, sabbatical) not home office is your problem, but your leadership style … start improving it. Build trust, learn to share responsibility, enable your employees, respect their (and your) needs. You hired the best people – don’t treat them like dumb machines, which need to be controlled to do their work. It works! Good leader have followers…
In the spirit of social collaboration, I asked my network to review, extend, criticize and challenge my draft for an article. Before I will consolidate the great input to one fluent document I would like to say a big THANKYOU to all the thoughts and work, which the contributors shared.
By the way I am really questioning myself, if my consolidation is the best way to value the great input, or if going back to a single author article is not a fall-back?
I want to share my learnings of former, similar experiments and my experience of this public one – after showing you the hero’s of my network:(and believe me – group editing of a long text is not just fun“)