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Next: Reinventing Your Future Through Innovation

By Seth M. Stone

This manuscript contends that those leading and working in today’s organizations regardless of the industry need to develop a greater focus on innovation as a competitive advantage for future success and sustainability. This starts by developing a new understanding of what innovation is versus what society at large tends to portray it as. When we see a sleek new product enter the marketplace we deem that as innovation. The reality is that is just the end result of a much more elaborate process and this manuscript attempts to break down this process in a way that organizational leaders and employees can implement practically and effectively. Further, it goes on to address key areas of any organization that directly impact the ability to innovate by those in the organization. These areas include leader and follower dynamics, organizational design, strategy, information sharing and learning, values and ethics, organizational culture and human capital development. This manuscript offers tools and suggestions for creating alignment between each of these critical areas and a new or revamped innovation program. Finally, it challenges the reader to reconsider how they are going to go about executing their organizational vision and strategy based on the information in the manuscript and suggests key overarching principles to focus on when attempting to embed a culture of innovation.

DSL Project: Seeing Clearly—Principles, People, and Purpose—First Steps for Leaders

Seeing Clearly—Principles, People, and Purpose—First Steps for Leaders

By Michael B. Hoyes

This work uses the biblical text found in Matthew 7:2-5, specifically: “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye,” as a springboard for the reader to consider principles, people and purpose as foundational to all leadership. The reader is encouraged to not only clearly see those three elements as core to their personal and organizational culture, but also to apply them within their leadership roles.

A key argument of this work is that the individual’s leadership abilities (and also the organization’s) grow over time from the inside out, even as there are external forces being applied. The primary focus of this work as the three elements are examined is a view of leadership as a moral relationship, which is a values-based model, in contrast with a performance or competency-based model. The concept of “Seeing Clearly” begins with a search within the individual, establishing fundamental ethical principles at one’s core. The reader will see that “Principles” underpin “People” and “Purpose” throughout the organization, no matter how large or small that organization may be. Therefore, it is essential that leaders take time to consider the source for the principles they hold dear. Leaders influence people to accomplish a purpose and together, principles, people and purpose must be in alignment for an organization to prosper, not only in the present, but also into the uncharted future.

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Following graduation, Dr. Hoyes developed and published a book based on his doctoral project. Seeing Clearly–Principles, People, and Purpose: First Steps for Leaders may be purchased at Amazon.com.

DSL Project: The Currency of Leadership

The Currency of Leadership

By William H. Bishop

This manuscript presents ethical and cultural organizational challenges in a narrative format from the perspective of a new CEO. Cheryl Stevens is the first female CEO in The Company’s history. Shortly after she is installed, a myriad of leadership issues emerge, and she is faced with the real possibility of having to resign or being terminated. A chance encounter with a former business school classmate embarks Cheryl and The Company on a fantastic leadership journey. At the behest of her classmate, Cheryl contacts The Consultant, who assesses the organization, provides his findings and recommendations, and implements a customized training plan to address the underlying issues. The Currency of Leadership demonstrates the nuances and personalization involved in effective consulting and corporate training development.

Organizations in the 21st Century are globally exposed. Ethical failures stream around the world in real-time. Corporations rise and fall based on their values, culture, and associated actions. Changing corporate values, breeding an ethical environment, and adapting customized training based on organizational need are paramount for the success of global organizations. Consultants must serve as confidants, mentors, and corporate trainers who not only make assessments and recommendations, and deliver training, but who also design and develop training that meets the ever-changing needs of global organizations. The days of off-the-shelf training have fallen by the wayside. Organizations need timely, relevant training that is designed specifically for them, their environment, and their culture.

In this creative application of academic information, the art of consulting is combined with the skill and technical acumen required to design and deliver training to transform organizational culture. Additionally, the academic content stands alone as a guide for establishing core values, defining ethical boundaries, and identifying the qualities of authentic leadership that are crucial for organizational success in the global economy. This is both a quick reference that leaders can utilize to make mid-course corrections and a blueprint for developing customizing training to meet changing needs.

 

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Following graduation, Dr. Bishop authored a book based on his doctoral project. The Currency of Leadership may be purchased online at Amazon.com.