I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and noticing that everywhere I turn I find signs telling me to “integrate!” What a fitting first blog of my new website since preparing it has forced me to first dissect the building blocks of what I believe in and what I try to offer the people I work with, only to later “reintegrate” them back into a more complete, and accurate whole.
First, I believe that strategy, leadership and implementation should be seen as an integrated process, closing the gap between what an organisation says and what it does. For me, this is primarily about “doing” (and doing together with as many engaged stakeholders as possible). I can’t tell you how many times I find myself repeating Richard Pascale’s insightful quote in relation to this – “It is easier to act our way into a new way of thinking, than to think our way into a new way of acting”.
But that’s only one example of where integrating things that we often want to keep separate pays off. Now when I take the time to reflect on my own learning and experience, I see there are many, many more. Performance and Culture, Results and Development, Content and Process, Leadership and Management…and how about the need in organizations today for all of us to better utilize the full potential of our integrated personalities – merging the analytics and objectivity of our left brains with the intuition, creativity and imagination of our right? In my experience, recognizing these dualities and having the ability to jump back and forth between them are key aspects of leadership and take both awareness and practice.
I will definitely think more about the 5 areas for integration I mentionned above, reflect on my own experience with them and come back with more on each here. If you have an example of your own you’d like to share, please do. I would love for this space to grow over time into a platform for sharing and discussing different points of view.
Well, we’re off and running, so watch this space. If we’re lucky, we’ll act our way into some new ways of thinking!