Using the term "Management" in the title of this blog, reflects part of the problem with the dominant logic of mainstream business.
I've been with TV Network for just over a year now, and its been exciting, frustrating, inspiring, draining, hard work and fun!
Establishing an agile project, running an agile programme, creating an agile department, evolving an agile company... each level requires new skills, different perspectives, perseverance and openness to change.
Your perspectives change, you change...
I believe the most successful business leaders today are shifting through an Inversion of Leadership.
The inherited perception and mindset of management, is one of hierarchy, command & control, transactional leadership, management by exception, reward & recognition, sequential projects and long-term strategic planning.
Agile leaders believe in flat structures for real-time communication, encourage delegation and de-centralisation of control, exude transformational leadership, are naturally inclusive decision makers, care about Corporate Social Responsibility, adopt iterative processes, create vision, define objectives and are continuous change agents.
Agile leaders exist as a minority not only in software development, but in all industries.
The mainstream, pervading approach to "management" is based on reward and recognition, direction and control.
The emerging approach, for successful companies, will be leadership and vision, delegation and inspiration, training and mentoring, support and coaching.
From my experience it is much harder to be a leader, coach, delegate and mentor when there are deadlines, profit/loss and long hours to deal with... but at the same time you can achieve a hell of a lot more.
Do I think Inversion Management will replace mainstream practices?
Will agile leaders be wanted across business?
Not until the current mindset of shareholders, the stock market and banking institutions of looking at quarterly profit margins, and quick revenues, shifts to being concerned about sustainable business, sustainable wealth, and the ability of companies to change and innovate.