Virtual Roundtable – Summary of Discussion on The Power of Collective Leadership

The aim of the Beyond Default Roundtable discussions is to give experienced practitioners in strategy and change an opportunity to share their experiences, challenge conventional wisdom, brainstorm ideas and network with peers who have the same interests and challenges. In August 2021 a group of executives, consultants and academics met virtually to discuss the power of collective leadership. The discussion …

Virtual Roundtable – Summary of Discussion on the Impact of Exogenous Forces on Strategy

The aim of the Beyond Default Roundtable discussions is to give experienced practitioners in strategy and change an opportunity to share their experiences, challenge conventional wisdom, brainstorm ideas and network with peers who have the same interests and challenges. In May 2021 a small group of invited executives and consultants met virtually to discuss the impact of exogenous forces on …

Your Strategic Context is Defined for You, Not by You

In early 2020 the context of the majority of the world’s population, and millions of businesses across the globe, changed. The exogenous force that caused this significant context shift was, of course, COVID-19. It was a context shift that no one foresaw, nobody wanted and no one was prepared for. While governments struggled to respond and health services became overstretched, …

The Myth of the Hero, Individual Leader

In this podcast New Work Revolution’s Brandon Allen interviews David Trafford about the challenges facing leaders today. The conversation focuses on David’s view that the traditional model of leadership, which is based upon the individual leader, is no longer relevant in today’s increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, and that today’s challenges and opportunities require greater collective leadership. …

What Is Collective Leadership And Why Is It Important?

When we’re asked the question “why are some organisations better at strategy and change than others”, without hesitation we always answer “because they have greater collective leadership”. It’s simply because we’ve seen this type of leadership in organisations that are more successful at strategy and change, than in those that aren’t. We’re then often asked “which organisations are these?”. The …

The Essence of Strategy

Much has been written about strategy, and no doubt more will be written in the future. However, the many thousands of articles, academic papers and books that have been written on the subject have done little to increase the chances of organisations finding the key to sustained success, particularly in today’s increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world. While …

Strategy Execution – Establishing the Conditions for Success

The purpose of strategy execution is to turn strategic intent into operational reality. It’s the series of decisions and actions aimed at changing an organisation’s trajectory, from one taking it to its default future to one that takes it to an improved future. These decisions and actions are usually undertaken within some form of transformation programme. However, all the evidence …