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Thursday, July 28 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
How to Create Leaders at All Levels (Esther Derby) Popular

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Organizations that need to respond to a fast-changing environment and desire continuous improvement can't wait for the chain of command or rely on detailed rules and procedures. They need a different way of ensuring people are working towards organizational goals and responding appropriately to a changing environment. They need to enable and empower people at all levels in the organization to act, interact and decide with appropriate speed and appropriate discretion--doing the right thing without the need for excessive supervision.
In this talk, I'll introduce the Three Cs model--Clarity, Conditions, and Constraints. When you have Clarity, people know what to work on. They know how their work fits into the big picture. Proper Conditions ensure people have the means to do the work. Organizational structures and policies support the work. Appropriate Constraints communicate what should always be done….and what should never be done. They provide bounded autonomy and prevent flailing.
And I'll explain how they work together to enable empowerment and healthy self-organization AND provide sufficient structure to maintain purposeful action towards organizational goals.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the 3Cs and how they enable creativity, productivity, and leadership.
  • Understand how the 3Cs work different at different parts of the organization.
  • Have at least one experiment in mind on how to apply these principles of managing complexity.

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Esther Derby

Founder, esther derby associates, inc.
I draw on four decades of experience leading, observing, and living through organizational change. In 1997, I founded esther derby associates, inc. and work with a broad array of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start ups. My approach blends attention to humans and deep knowledge... Read More →

Thursday July 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
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