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CHAPTER 6: The Maintenance Challenge

Dean WIlliams Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Not all leadership work is about change. Sometimes the challenge is to hold things together—to protect essential resources, maintain core values, and keep the enterprise from falling apart. This is the objective of leadership for a maintenance challenge. To illustrate a maintenance challenge, consider the following scenario.

Imagine you are CEO of one of the world’s leading makers of semiconductors. Your company is based in San Francisco to take advantage of the abundant talent in the area and to be close to suppliers. The company has 2,650 employees and annual revenues of more than $1 billion. The year is 2001, and the change in the economic conditions of the information technology industry has led to a severe downturn in the market that has jeopardized the survival of your company. Your quarterly revenues have plunged 50 percent in six months. The same is also happening for your competitors, and you watch in disbelief as many of them perish under these conditions.

Through your leadership, you have developed a corporate culture that has strong core values pertaining to the respect and empowerment of employees, with an uncompromising focus on quality and results. But you now face a tough and complicated challenge to exercise leadership to keep your company from sinking.

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Chapter 3: The Invitation

Craig Neal Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

A sincere offering to engage that integrates purpose and intent

Once we have explored the nature of our purpose in At the Heart of the Matter, and have clearly identified and aligned the intention for our gathering by Clarifying Intent, we again look inside ourselves so that a sincere invitation can be extended. Although important, the physical form of an invitation is simply the delivery system of this Aspect. The essential and often-overlooked quality needed to make an invitation effective is sincerity.

When we convene, our Invitation does not just ask for a body to show up at a date and time. It is designed for authentic engagement—to create the opportunity for those invited to bring themselves fully present, both when they arrive and continually throughout the gathering. We invite that presence through the sincere tone and warmth of our Invitation. When participants have received this kind of invitation, there is a better chance that they will show up physically, and a much better chance that they will arrive with presence, ready to participate fully in the gathering.

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Mila N. Baker Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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7 How Gameful Engagement Will Disrupt Experimenting to Learn

Bob Johansen Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Stretching and learning using emotion-laden attention, to grow

Games are obstacles we volunteer to overcome.

Reality Is Broken

Think ahead ten years—how will corporations experiment to learn about the business they want to create? In other words, how will you prototype your new business? The answer: you will game it. And you can start now.

In order to learn how to make money in new ways, you will need to get others gamefully engaged with your idea. Often, you will need to give away assets from your existing right-of-way in order to engage people and in order to learn how to make money in new ways.

The subtitle of Jane McGonigal’s marvelous book Reality Is Broken is Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. As we look ahead at learning by experimenting over the next decade, we have to think about gaming as a way of engaging more and more people to help them work toward better and better worlds. Scalability reciprocity can be a means to a better world, but it will require engagement. How might you get people engaged? You make it fun. You make it meaningful. You lower risks by simulating, rather than playing for real right away.

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Mark Miller Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Rate each of the following statements using the following scale: 1 = Never; 2 = Rarely; 3 = Sometimes; 4 = Often; 5 = Always

Hunger for Wisdom

I see my personal development as one of my highest priorities.


My calendar reflects the high priority I place on the pursuit of wisdom.


I invest time on a regular basis with people who help me grow.


Self-evaluation and reflection play an active role in my pursuit of wisdom.


Expect the Best

When difficulties arise I remain optimistic.


My “expect the best” outlook impacts all areas of my life.


I consistently demonstrate an “expect the best” attitude.


I am able to grasp reality and maintain my optimism.


Accept Responsibility

I accept responsibility for my effort and outcomes.


I willingly accept responsibility for the work of those I lead.


When outcomes are not good, I look to my role in the situation first.


When outcomes are good, I am quick to give praise.


Respond with Courage

I am willing to make tough decisions.

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