Learning and Leading in the New Year: New Resources

photoLife-long Learning is the mark of an emergent leader, so I thought I’d share some new opportunities that are in line with the EMERGE Leadership Model. To that end, I’ve just updated the EMERGE Resource List to include a couple of books I can’t put down. The books include Otto Scharmer &  Katrin Kaufer’s Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies, and Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine.  Both are filled with nuggets that I’ve underlined, starred, and annotated with marginalia.

One taste from Scharmer & Kaufer:  “We cannot solve the current..eco-system problems with the…ego-system that created them.”  Yes!  One of the main goals of an emergent leader is to create the space for shedding mindsets that no longer serve us! Scharmer is originator of Theory U, the theoretical framework for change processes such as transformative scenario planning (and Kahane’s book on that subject is also on my reading list).

And a pearl offered by Jeanne Liedtka and Henry Mintzberg from the Rotman compilation: “Conversational design challenges leaders in ways that formulaic and visionary design do not. Business cultures that centre on hierarchy, expediency and authoritarian leadership get in the way of good conversations…(and R)ecognizing the role of conversations in exploring new possibilities can produce dramatic innovation.”

I’ve also added a few TED Talks that were featured at SPARKS, the annual TED-like event sponsored by Puget Sound iSMA, as well as several that were recommended by EMERGE participants at the last workshop.  The video topics range from strengthening body language to urban guerilla gardening, but the messages share the same intent: To inspire and equip us individually and collectively to more strategically and effectively intervene within and through the systems we find ourselves.