Saturday, 28 February 2009

The age of relationships at last?

I have to say that I’m very “chuffed” that the sort of stuff that I’ve been working for, on, in and with particularly the last decade or so, like collaboration; specific patterns of behaviour that spell caring in interpersonal communication; and against the stupidity of most received Management ‘wisdom’, seem to be fast becoming almost de rigueur in popular advice on how to survive the global financial system meltdown.

It seems that everything does have its season and this is the season for intimacy in leadership; knowing who and what we uniquely are and fearlessly standing out for that in our all organisational relationships.

Suddenly it’s right, good, and financially advantageous to actually, really treat employees as valued customers; to be emotional in business and organisational relationships and to leave personality in problem solving (along with the ‘facts’); to be a manager and openly not-know; to trust that the best business strategy comes out of best interpersonal relationships.

Hallelujah! Thank God for the financial crisis! At last we have a real chance to really “keep it real” – for management and leadership to un-stick from 100 year old industrial assumptions and practices: for the age of relationships – where being fully functioning human beings is the greatest personal and commercial advantage.

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