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Powerful Leaders Go Beyond Empowerment to Empartnerment

...means leaders doing it with — not to or for — their teams. Our experience is that this needs to go beyond empowerment — which stays rooted in power and hierarchy — to “empartnerment.” Here’s three key reasons frontline teams need to be empartnered: They’re the experts in the work...

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Stop Bribing and Start Leading

...the work within their areas and have deep insight into the effectiveness of cross-functional or organization-wide processes. Their understanding of what does and doesn’t work is better than most managers and outside experts. Empartnerment generates greater energy and engagement. Most people want more from their jobs than just a paycheck....

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Delegation Dilemma: Are You Trapped and Overrun by Monkeys?

...to be guided and developed so they can confidently deal with and manage monkeys on their own. This guidance moves delegation beyond empowerment to “empartnerment.” Traditional delegation is often hierarchical with the leader dishing out power as each monkey comes screeching into sight. Partnering creates an environment where team members...

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Changing Our World: 5 Steps for Coming Out of Our Crisis

...we publish my June blogs in the July issue of The Leader Letter. Hopefully, you’ll find approaches in this issue to help strengthen resilience in yourself and others. “Empartnerment” can harness the collective energy and creativity of teams and organizations to overcome big challenges and even thrive on chaos. Building...

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Escaping the Change Management Trap: From Rigidity to Agility

...teams look for what went wrong and rapidly streamline processes Management budgets and priorities drive decision making and resource allocation. Rigorous data and analysis clarify and leverage systemic cause-and-effect relationships Empowerment Empartnerment Management’s Key Performance Indicators cascade “command and control” hierarchy. Leaders are “servant-leaders” to highly engaged teams. Employees serve...

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Dunking Trainees in the Training Tank Often Makes Things Worse

...team’s culture by deepening spirit and meaning. We’ll also look at the culture and leadership issues underlying the delegation dilemma. Strong cultures and highly effective leaders move delegation beyond empowerment to “empartnerment.” May this issue help you to move from partial and piecemeal programs to sustained leadership and culture shift....

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An Agile Culture Ripples Out From the Leadership Team

...to start with a deep look in the mirror to change “us.” A rigid leadership team stuck in traditional methods of internal focus, functional accountability, and empowerment can’t reshape their organization with more agile approaches of customer focus, horizontal teamwork, and “empartnerment” by talking about it. Leadership teams need to...

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A Trust Cause: Leadership Stimulates or Stifles Trust and Engagement

...and what’s unacceptable and not tolerated). Trust thrives in a culture that’s beyond empowerment to “empartnerment.” In this month’s Working Knowledge post, Harvard Business School professor Emeritus, James Heskett, raises a key question, Can We Train for Trust? He writes, “Trust is, as it is for many things in society,...

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