Fitting the “F” Words into Your Workplace
In today’s workplace, the forces of change are driving all kinds of new organizational strategies for survival. As a result, we must learn to recognize and adjust our behavior and skills to fit into this new environment. As leaders, we must:
- Be FAST at realigning our goals and skills in order to stay competitive;
- Be FLEXIBLE enough to adjust our behavior when necessary;
- FOCUS on what the institution/organization needs from everyone to assure success;
- Change will dictate how we FIT into the new structures.
The simple fact is that the world is too complex now for organizations and institutions to do business as usual with old rules. According to Allan R. Cohen and David Bradford, “Managers at all levels can no longer expect to be the dispensers of tasks, the dividers of work, the solitary expert problem solvers, and the final arbiters. They have to depend on everyone to take the initiative, deal directly with one another, and inform, stimulate and challenge the leaders who are nominally ‘in charge’.”
Source: Influence without Authority , by Allan R. Cohen and David L. Bradford, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.