This COVID-19 situation is making people act in very predictably irrational ways. Some people are arguing that COVID-19 is some kind of hoax, that it’s been made up to destabilize the economy on purpose. I’ve heard other people argue that the virus was made in a lab, it wasn’t; it comes from nature.
Innovation is really about leadership. So how can you encourage innovation in your organization? There is no one thing, no recipe to follow. But, there are principles that you can follow to drive innovation in your organization.
Mid February was the NBA All Star Game. As I mentioned in a post I wrote, for some time the ASG was struggling to be the best pick up game in the world. But the changes made to the format of the ASG made it great again.
A few weeks ago I was asked to examine the leaders, people who are responsible for a specific area and had direct reports, of a company. I noticed one person in particular who talked badly about their direct reports behind the scenes.
The NBA All Star Game is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for those of us who are basketball nerds. But for some time the NBA All Star game has been nothing more than a spectacle of flashy dunks, passes and alley-oops; rather than the greatest pick up game in the world where the best of the best compete to win.
I’m the type who does the opposite of what I believe sucks, and I’ve experienced many types of leadership. The one type I’ve never liked is command and control. Though we’re in the year 2020 and talk about employee empowerment and collaboration in decision making, many organizations still operate by this way of “leadership”; it is expected, encouraged, it’s seen as normal, and it’s rewarded.