A critical challenge organizations face today is the widening gap between their existing leadership capacity and the exploding demands of our increasingly complex and rapidly changing world.
The problem has less to do with the number or quality of individual leaders than with the outdated leadership model still widely in use. In most organizations, the “leadership responsibility” is still highly centralized — demanding too much of too few, and wasting the leadership talents of those who are not in leadership roles. Maybe that mattered less in a world where change and complexity were tame, but in today’s VUCA environment, the traditional “pyramidal” leadership model can rapidly degrade an organization’s ability to respond to frequent disruptions in the marketplace.
We at 10X Shift are helping companies pioneer a new leadership model and a more generative leadership development strategy. Our Project 10X approach is designed to help your organization grow and develop highly distributed, collaborative, networked leadership capable of —
- Responding to your company’s most urgent challenges as they arise, where they arise, engaging those closest to the challenge
- Developing purposefully engaged, passionate workforce that excels and thrives in increasingly complex, rapidly changing environments
- Growing and stewarding highly generative organization culture eliciting breakthroughs in creativity, innovation, learning and collaboration
- Leading your organization’s learning and change efforts — serving as the ‘backbone’ of your company’s change-readiness
- Leading the overall charge in developing a more agile, engaged and resilient organization
Project 10X does not aim to replace your existing leadership hierarchy — rather, it augments it with more natural and flexible leadership networks that distribute the responsibilities of leadership, learning and change more broadly throughout your organization. This new “leadership operating system” offloads your senior leaders to focus on higher-level strategic challenges and allows your organization’s hierarchy to perform the management tasks it is best suited for.
Project 10X is low risk, can start small, and is designed to become self-managing and self-propagating early on — with benefits growing exponentially over time. We proceed in a phased manner that gradually builds commitment and ownership throughout all parts of the organization. Each phase of the project is self-contained and is designed to create high value for the organization on its own, even if the subsequent stages are not implemented.
Our approach is inherently heuristic — it is more akin to an action-learning expedition to discover and design your ideal “leadership operating system,” than a traditional programmatic leadership development experience. Inspired by Agile software development, we proceed in rapid Agile-like action-learning cycles, allowing for high levels of customization and course-correction as the project unfolds.
Lastly, we act more like “guides on the side” supporting your pioneering leaders and changemakers in becoming the architects of your ideal leadership culture, than “sages on stage” dispensing consulting wisdom through PowerPoints and Memos.
The Project 10X approach can be tailored to any organization where there is a strong commitment to the action-learning journey implicit in shifting the organization’s leadership paradigm and achieving a real and lasting breakthrough in the organization’s leadership culture.
Is your organization committed and ready to dramatically grow its leadership capacity? Does the Project 10X approach seem like the right fit?
Contact us to schedule an exploratory conversation.