Christoffer Ellehuus, Strategy Execution’s CEO, recently authored an article about how, in our age of continual digital disruption and new technologies, adaptive leadership can help organizations navigate complexity.
His article, Driving Team Productivity in the Age of Digital Disruption, poses two fundamental questions:
- What do you need to do to ensure your leaders and managers are positioned optimally to execute on your strategy in the face of new business dynamics?
- Are you focusing on not only the technical requirements for strategic execution, but also the new leadership requirements?
He begins by laying the foundation of the changing business and project landscape, then shares excellent insights on skill development and the need to develop adaptive execution capabilities in your organization.
Ellehuus calls out the changing nature of leadership and how the external environment has shifted the core focus of managers’ day-to-day responsibilities:
The implications for leaders and managers are nothing short of profound. No more than 20 years ago a typical manager would be focusing 90% on “running the business” and 10% on “changing the business.” This balance is changing radically. Today a manager in a typical corporation is spending closer to 30% of her focus on “running the business” and 70% on “changing the business.” As a result the nature of work is changing for most professionals – work today is less predictable and more project-based. For managers and professionals this shift in the nature of work also means a shift in required skill sets and behaviors from less technical and hierarchical to more adaptive and relationship-focused:
Next, Ellehuus discusses the new demand for professionals today to have a blend of technical skills, business acumen, people skills, and an adaptive mindset in order to navigate the complexities and unpredictability of today’s working environment. In doing so, he highlights Strategy Execution’s Competency Framework, which addresses four components – Strategy, Self, Work, and People – for managers and professionals to be effective today:
As project roles continue to blend and silos continue to break down across organizations of all industries and size, possessing one or multiple slices of this skill “pie” is no longer adequate. Adaptive leaders must develop and master the competencies in each of these four quadrants in order to navigate the emerging challenges of strategic execution in today’s increasingly complex world.
Click here to read Ellehuus’s full article, and click the link below for more insights from our experts on the challenges facing tomorrow’s project leaders and how Strategy Execution can help you prepare.
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