Recommended Reading: Leaders’ Longlist for 2021
This year, the team from the IMI Knowledge Centre have curated a selection of texts to provide insights on leadership from many different angles, including resilience, inclusion, psychological safety, hybrid organisations and leading with purpose. Below is a longlist of the best books on each subject to add to your Christmas reading list.
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Leading with Purpose
Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose
by Lynda Gratton
For corporate strategy to function effectively, the author argues, people must be put at the heart of it. If strategy makers understand their people, they can more smoothly implement organisational change in a more purposeful and thoughtful way.
With statements like ‘People are our most important asset’ and others making the rounds in 2021 more often in the shadow of the pandemic, this book reminds leaders that lip service in this regard is not enough. Rather, living the strategy is the true key to achieving purpose-led organisations.
Design Science & Co-Designing of Hybrid Workplaces
by M. Lahti & S. Nenonen, Buildings (Basel), Vol. 11, Issue 3 (March 2021)
This paper explores the future places for learning and working and how the conceptual framework of design-science research in Information Systems can be applied when the design object is a hybrid working environment. An empirical analysis of two hybrid working environments is conducted, based on Action Design Research (ADR)-entry points: where one analyses two case studies stage by stage. The results of the case studies present four recommendations for co-designing of hybrid working environments: the use of hybrid working environments; the design of spatial solution; the identification of iterative processes; and the user experiences of presence and distance.
How to Create Psychological Safety
The desire to feel safe is a basic psychological need – in fact, you’ll find it right bang in the middle of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs model. While workplaces go to great lengths to ensure employees’ physical safety, can the same be said for our psychological safety? This article takes a look at what the term means, and how to foster it in your team.
Resilient Organizations: How to Survive, Thrive and Create Opportunities Through Crisis and Change
by E. Seville
This book asks the question: What differentiates resilient organisations from those that are not? Drawing on primary research, the author Erica Seville provides practical ideas and actions to make your organisation more resilient, and delves into the topic of whether a crisis is needed before resilience can truly be developed. The author founded and co-leads Resilient Organisations, a public-good research programme with a team of over 35 researchers that seeks to improve the resilience of organisations.
The web of inclusion: a new architecture for building great organisations
by S. Helgesen
In this book, author Sally Helgesen presents a Web of Inclusion model that, she argues, is a more fully realised vision of the information-age organisation. She points out that many organisations, rather than adopting 21st Century best practices, are still structured like 19th Century factories where people are forced into specific niches. The author puts forth this Web of Inclusion as something ever-evolving and constantly changing to meet the demands of the business environment, emphasising that ideas should come from all employees – not just from the top down – and that what individuals do in the workplace depends on their talents, not on their titles. To round out the text, Helgesen profiles five organisations that have achieved extraordinary success through the model, vividly showcasing its many benefits across industries.
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