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Frames Of Reference - Why They Are Important !

Case StudyLet us first see a case study from my personal experience.

It is worthwhile noting here that India climbed to fame as an IT powerhouse with Y2K as the first stepping stone. It was mid 1990's - long before the Y2K bug started nagging the best of brains of the world. A bunch of individuals from India went to the United States on a specific mission. They went to a large enterprise as the seed team to bring outsourced software engineering project work back to the Indian shores. We were to execute and deliver it from offshore. The vision to deliver work from offshore came from the top executives of the companies involved. However, execution was left to the functional management layer.

Power And Leadership Effectiveness

PowerThe usual leadership training material talks about two continuum when discussing leadership effectiveness. These are namely the leader's care for results and care for people. A leader should of course be balanced on these two continuum to be effective. Most of the published material are usually silent about the leader's ability to gain more power. I think this forms the third and very important continuum in a leader's journey to peak performance. Research says that only people who acquired power became more effective leaders in the long run.

Expectations Drive Accountability

In A ShellA team walks into trouble with eyes open. The team is full of well meaning people. The key questions to ask are 'How to navigate back to course?', 'What are some leadership traits that will accelerate course correction?', 'How to sustain the accountability of the team?'

Unexpected failures happen only because of mindless risktakes. Such a failure usually results in immediate loss of credibility. A sense of urgency to get back to course as soon as possible builds up and intensifies.

When Movement Does Not Equal Action

ActionAll actions need co-ordinated movement(s). However all co-ordinated movement do not necessarily mean action. Confusing? Here is an example.

When I was a school going kid, I used to hate the compulsory study time at home, especially on subjects that I did not like. I used to fake that study time. A text book was in my hand. For those people who were watching, I appeared like a diligent student seeking knowledge and wisdom. However, my mind was elsewhere. See! Movement did not mean action.