Reflecting on leadership in organizations today, we find ourselves in a bit of a mess. We see reliance on linear, mechanistic thinking, companies focusing more on stock price than delighting customers, and knowledge workers whose voices are ignored by the bosses who direct them. All these factors are reflected in the current economic crisis, increased inequity, bankruptcies and widespread disillusionment.
There has to be a better way.
In January 2012, a diverse group of twenty one people including senior executives, business strategists, managers, academics, and lean/agile development practitioners from four continents, met in Stoos, Switzerland. We believe that we uncovered some of the common characteristics of that better way. For example, that organizations can become learning networks of individuals creating value and that the role of leaders should include the stewardship of the living rather than the management of the machine.
Most importantly, we committed to continue our work, both in-person and online. A problem this size will require many minds and hearts. We’d love to hear your voice and your experience. Help move the conversation forward by joining our LinkedIn Group and on Twitter with hashtag #stoos.
Let’s start the transformation, before it’s too late.
– Catherine Louis, Deborah Hartmann Preuss, Esther Derby, Franz Röösli, Jay Cross, John Styffe, Jonas Vonlanthen, Julian Birkinshaw, Jurgen Appelo, Kati Vilkki, Klaus Leopold, Melina McKim, Michael Spayd, Peter Hundermark, Peter Stevens, Rod Collins, Roy Osherove, Sanjiv Augustine, Simon Roberts, Steve Denning and Uli Loth.