In our featured Page to Practice book summary of The Leadership Challenge, there’s a section where the authors, Kouzes and Posner, challenge leaders to do three things, which create a safe environment for risk-taking and experimentation. I love this section of the book because I think this is where innovation can flourish. Kouzes and Posner emphasize three practices that nurture experimentation. 1) Conduct post-mortems. After the completion of a project, ask the team a series of questions that tease out the good, bad and ugly.2) Conduct pre-mortems. In other words, try to understand why a project might fail–anticipate possible hiccups. 3) Strengthen resilience. Bounce back from failures by gaining perspective, taking charge of change by asking what new knowledge you need and engaging the support of others in the process. If leaders can put these three practices into play, they’ve created an environment where failure isn’t a deal breaker and risk-taking is respected rather than feared.
Archive for December, 2009
“Fired Up or Burned Out” is a great read this time of year because Michael Lee Stallard’s book discusses how to reignite your team’s passion, creativity and productivity. Stallard feels that emotional connection is important for a team to the extent that he explains how to build a “connection culture.” I like this book in December because it’s a great foundation for New Year’s resolutions and new positive patterns–especially in the workplace. You can book shop till you drop at the NEW CausePlanet Store!