Thursday, 19 November 2009

Closing Keynote - Panel session

Closing keynote

A new leadership paradigm

Vicky Wright opens the closing session

An inspiring event – socialising, networking… we needed a session for the end of the is to continue this theme.

What sort of leaders do we need for the sustainable futures of our orgs?

An engaging and powerful introduction.

The session will be presided over by John Humphries

Gave a humorous intro, providing an insight into the intelligence of leaders based on his experience as chair of Mastermind and interviewing as a hack.

Sir Christopher Kelly

Successful leadership is defined by results. His focus in his role in public sector is about ethical leadership

7 principles of public life

1. Selfless

2. Integrity

3. Honesty

4. Openness

5. objectivity

6. accountability

7. Leadership


Good orgs need to look at how they do things not just what they do

A healthy ethical culture is likely to build in public trust and more likely to engage with people.

When there is an absence of openness and trust you can only expect problems to occur – look at the situation in government around MPs expenses

JH – can you impose ethical standards? CK you need strong leadership, its difficult to impose.

Steve Easterbrook – McDonalds

Leadership – context & qualities

Context of leadership has changes over the last few years – and those that were successful are now falling by the wayside. The context is much more complex than it used to be. It is impossible to meet all stakeholders needs at the same time – the role of the leaders is to identify the right solution in a given context.

To succeed in the new paradigm – will need 3 qualities

1. Integrity

2. Collaboration

3. Sustainability

Its cannot be the icing on the cake – it needs to be the cake.

Things need to be ethical sustainable

Values led decision making, decisions must be taken at the front line – have the values and stick to them – it provides quick and consistent solutions.

The Google generation – they have answers at their fingertips. The new generation use collaboration.

The silver approach is no longer realistic. Business in the past could have changes their position with a marketing campaign or IT system – that is no longer the case.

Senior team need to take collaboration to a new level with their peers – its no longer about silo thinking at any level

A means of creating value in and with employees.

Collaboration does not mean decision making by committee or abdication – but open communication channels

“I’ve looked at all the statues in all the parts and I have yet to see a statue of a committee”

There comes a time when we need to stop raking over the ashes and allow the new people at the top to get on with the job in front of them – not behind then

A new paragigm not just for leadership, but for HR as well.

JH – can you move on while some of those that got us into difficulties are still in post

SE – there must be a limit and allow people to move forward.

Sháá Wasmund – @shaawasmund

Historically leaders have been judged on results – recently many leaders have failed us. Where does that leave us?

Too much power in the hands of too few is a dangerous thing – but what are the options – democracy is not the best of systems – but the best we have

It will be interesting to see how social media will evolve in this area.

We are all in our own ways leaders – I want to see a future where leaders do not have the title – a future where we are all leaders and we all have responsibilities.

Stakeholders have changes

Old school thinking was a monolog – a one way communication – today things have changes – it is so very different and a dialogue

Tools like twitter share views and the importance of leadership starts to filter into every persons role.

The role of HR is changing, we can no longer look at leadership of the top few, but leadership of all employees, we need to develop these skills. Each and everyone of us lead in public life

Ethical leadership is vital as it will now be the public will judge through medis We must be genuine and honest. Do people lead out of authenticity or greed?

We will all be judges for this.

In this paradigm – we are at the beginning of the journey – not the end of it. Our responsibilities is for us to communicate these messages back to our orgs

We are all leaders – leaders without title

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JH – what is this new paradigm? Lets go back to basics – what is this?

Leader have changed for single decision making, but now they need to facilitate

The context in which we operate requires a different type of leadership not just at the top – but throughout the org. you want leaders at every level and right across the org.

Its not just about the given service deliveries – not we have to do more – environment.

The speed of feedback and communications has increased and is more transparent

A paradigm shift is a change, a shift, evolution

You cannot control social media conversations but you can influence them, we need to be seen to engage with them. The public do not expect perfection, but they do expect humans

If you offer silence – people will fill it –

When in a hole – stop digging – the only difference now is the hole is much more visible than it has ever been.

The person that makes the decision, should be held responsible for that decision.

Change is faster, expectations higher, more people having their say.

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