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Leadership Now…Disrupt or Stay in Your Lane
- February 10, 2022
- Posted by: Dr. Cindy Banyai
- Category: Thoughts
By Dr. Bob Preziosi
In her book, Wired for Disruption, Henna Inman builds a strong argument for leaders to revise, re-energize and retool. Our brains are focused on constantly agile thoughts and actions. We have certainly experienced a year of explosions and uncertainty that requires flexibility in creating new awareness and actions. So why in the middle of all of this volatility would a leader tell a colleague “stay in your lane”? You might think that this leader prized her own comfort zone about all else. Maybe this leader felt that he wanted to eliminate all uncertainty. But what about the need to unlearn and disassemble to maintain some sense of sanity? Doesn’t everyone share in the outcomes when “newness” gets us to a better place? Perhaps the right conclusion is that both perspectives are required as leaders drive forward.
The “lane lord” feels that uncertainty is unsettling for folks. She feels that consistent basics are the menu for everyday’s activities. He feels that all problems will solve themselves. She feels that navigating uncertainty is a slippery slope. He feels that any adjustments to be made will be made by someone else. Mind your own business for the common good. Obstacles and constraints are there for good reasons whatever they might be, although I can’t think of one right now. The lane lord just wants to limit and filter.
I think that the “ace agile” can see in plain sight that lots of letting go would free things up. She welcomes new information and treats it with an open mind. He listens to others and welcomes them as an ally in searching for better ways. She breaks down complexity to show that there is potential for new linkages between and among people and tasks. He navigates uncertainty to create new triangulations that may lead to improved efficiency. She focuses on the future, short term and long term. Ace expects energy to focus on flexibility.
You have probably concluded by now that both perspectives have merit.
An important distinction, though, is that ace agile must be the dominant force. While there will always be short trips in your own lane, it is essential that the road trips be short unless they are re-validated for continuance. Whichever perspective you are operating in at the moment the leader must be passionate about the perspective. It is important to give attention to the meaning of our work for the future. We should connect authentically and always be inclusive in our thoughts and speech. Always listen to others as their trusted team member. Overcome all constraints in your conversations and expanding awareness. Approach each and every interaction in a spirit of new rhythms, flows and cadences that will lead you and others to reconnect, revise, rebuild, realign, reset, and re-energize.
Originally published here