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 Case for Greater Collective Leadership

The last chapter of our book Beyond Default – Setting Your Organization On A Trajectory To An Improved Future is called It All Starts With Collective Leadership. The reason for this is that without collective leadership an organisation has very little chance of having a collective strategy, and without a collective strategy it has very little chance of successfully changing …

Operating Principles for Collective Leadership

If you believe your organisation would benefit from greater collective leadership then how can it be established? One of the most effective ways is to introduce a set of operating principles, where an operating principle is a conscious choice about how an organisation has decided to operate. It’s a conscious choice between two, or more, equally valid alternatives. In the …

Ignore Exogenous Forces At Your Peril

The influence of exogenous forces can rapidly change the context within which organisations operate, and the future they can bring. The recent COVID-19 Coronavirus is an example of one such exogenous force. A force that in recent months has dramatically changed the context of millions of people and thousands of organisations across the globe. What’s more, the impact of COVID-19 …

Context Is Everything When It Comes To Strategy

Strategy is one of those words that is often overused and frequently misused. What do we really mean by strategy and what is its real purpose? In our book Beyond Default my co-author and I argue that the real purpose of strategy, particularly corporate strategy, is to change the trajectory of an organisation, from one leading it to its ‘default …

Should Strategies be Implemented or Operationalised, and what’s the Difference?

While there are many approaches to executing strategy they are all based upon two fundamentally different philosophies. One is where an organisation is ‘pushed’ to its target future. The other is where it is ‘pulled’. Which approach an organisation applies can determine how successful it is in turning strategic intent into operational reality. The ‘push’ approach is usually called implementation. …

Knowing is Not the Same as Understanding

When did the word ‘google’ become a verb? Not recently. Most of us ‘google’ when we want to know about something, it’s what we all instinctively do. The growth of the internet over the past couple of decades has created a world where we have instant access to enormous amounts of information at the click of a mouse – maybe …

How Organisational Capabilities Anchor You to Your Current Trajectory

Ironically, the very capabilities that your organisation has developed over time, and that have made it successful in the past, can be the same ones that are anchoring it to its current trajectory. If the purpose of strategy is to change an organisation’s trajectory – to one that leads to an improved future – then the influence of these potentially …

Project Portfolio Management – An Organisational Capability for Changing Your Trajectory

If an organisation is serious about changing its trajectory, to one that takes it to its target – as opposed to its default – future, then it needs to execute a portfolio of change initiatives. These initiatives – whether they are programmes, projects or operational changes – need to be selected, prioritised, scheduled, reshaped, rescheduled and culled as the journey …

Setting a Trajectory to a Digital Future

If an enterprise is serious about becoming more digital then it needs to rethink how the business and IT parts of its organisation can better use their different perspectives and complementary capabilities to turn an idea for a digital customer experience from concept to reality as seamlessly as possible. David Trafford and Peter Boggis believe that to achieve this a …