A negative example directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic provides an excellent example of the power of inter- connections. Super-spreader events are hubs which accelerate the spread of the virus throughout society. Similar “super-spreader hubs” in busi- nesses can positively disseminate infor- mation and material resources rapidly throughout the organization. These hubs can be located anywhere within the organization, not only at the top. These power hubs require leadership and call for on-going leadership devel- opment.
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Networks have always existed. The coming of the Information Age has raised our awareness about the omni- presence of networks in our world. The challenges of the pandemic has further- more raised important issues about a need for change in leadership practices. This shift in perception has undoubtedly been heightened by accelerated digital transformation and its impact on our working lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The role of networks has become more noticeable to all of us more than ever. All the more reason to embrace the idea that the paradigm of the "well-oiled machine" has outlived its usefulness. New thinking and up-dated metaphors atuned with the needs of the Information Age are required for leadership to evolve. Ensemble Enabler has developed an approach to leadership development which addresses this leadership challenge of our current Information Age. These series of practices enable organizations to transition into this new world of leadership.
Leaders need to identify where these hubs are located throughout their own organizations. This new paradigm of an organization as a living system poses a new challenge for leaders. Leaders need to learn to map - not measure - how information and energy flows through- out their organization. The new science of organizational network analysis maps not only the hubs in the organization but the attributes of the interconnec- tions as well.
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