Books & Audio
- NO YELLING: The 9 Secrets of Marine Corps Leadership You Must Know to Win in Business By Wally Adamchik
- Conversations On Success, Vol. 2 By Les Brown, Nido Qubein, Jim Kouzes
- Audio CD of World of Concrete 2007 No Yelling presentation By Wally Adamchik
- The Real Capital Currency
- And Now For Something Completely Different…
- Top 13 Things to Look For in Your New Online Training Platform
- Supervision Required
- Are you going nowhere fast? Time to get out of the rut (and into the ocean!)
- Are You a Righty or a Lefty?
- No Slugs Allowed
- These Guys Are Good
- Leading the minority majority
- The Workaround
- Be Offensive
- Show ‘Em You’ve Got the Right Stuff
- The Recession in Your Head
- Fabricating a Career
- Bowl-Eligible: A New Level of Mediocrity
- What If? Three Questions You Must Answer Today to Protect Your Company in the Economy Tomorrow
- Manage Them Out the Door
- Operations Support Staff
- The Rumor Mill Can Grind You Up
- The Easier Buttons
- The best place to find new employees
- Mentors and Mentees
- Nutrition and Decision Making
- Adamchik's Laws of Leadership
- Talking Points For Leaders
- Full Contact Leadership
- The Road Signs of Leadership
- 24/7 Customer Centric
- Get Bad At What You Do!
- The Heroic Last Stand (or not)
- There are NO leadership secrets
- Do Values have value?
- Rules of Engagement; Do your gears mesh?
- Linear vs Non-linear
- ROL - Return on Leadership
- Shamu and You
- Are you making or missing your blocks?
- What Happens In Vegas...
- The Real Truth About ROI
- A Night at Your Office
- Read this if you have children
- Do They Think We Are Stupid?
- The Policy Made Me Do It
Learning Resources: Free Articles
Linear vs Non-linear
I’ve spotted a new trend. To stay current on as wide an array of topics as possible while saving time, I read Executive Book Summaries (www.summary.com). This helps me decide which books to buy and read in-depth. On a recent cross-country flight, I caught up on two months’ worth of summaries, including four long analyses and several one-pagers. Here is the trend:
Seventy-five per cent of the summaries I read on the plane dealt with the soft side of business. There was a review for Keith Ferrazi’s latest offering, Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success One Relationship at a Time. The long title simply underscores a familiar idea--the importance of networking. The summary for Social Intelligence, by Karl Albrecht, reveals how we can grow in our career and personal lives through better interactions with others. Power Mentoring, by Ensher and Murphy, illustrates how to develop rewarding relationships. This shift toward a focus on inter-personal skills may have begun a decade ago with Danial Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence, but it has continued to build steam until today, where books on the issue crowd the shelves.
The twentieth century, also known as the American Century, is celebrated for quantum innovations in science. It was the century that put a man on the moon, harnessed the atom, and made engineering a sought-after profession. The linear models of engineers continue to be highly relevant in our society, but they are being supplanted by the non-linear, web-enabled networks that are not the purview of engineering types. In A Whole New Mind, by Daniel Pink, I read about the six “new” aptitudes for professional success and personal fulfillment (design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning). Notice the value placed on soft skills.
The linear is the tangible world in which managers are most comfortable. The non-linear refers to the world of intangibles that leaders are more comfortable in. Left-brain thinkers excel at the linear tasks. They are sequential, logical, and analytical. We need people who think this way. Right-brain thinkers excel at non-linear tasks that involve using intuition and unconventional approaches. We need people who think this way, as well. But what style is ascending? The literature makes it clear that we need to take a closer look at the non-linear. The truth is that using just one style will not be enough for you anymore. The reality is that this is not an “either/or” debate, but a “both/and” situation. That is to say, we are not talking about choosing either linear or non-linear, but being fluent in both methods. That both is what presents challenges for many employers.
What does it mean for you? Does it signal opportunity or threat? It can be either, depending on your perspective. What is required is a continued effort to understand and become comfortable operating in the interconnected world of today. New competencies must be developed that enable leaders to work more effectively in our networked economy. The skills that made you successful as a leader may no longer be enough to keep you successful. To ignore the reality of the networked 21st century is to invite career stagnation and, eventually, failure. Embrace the changes of today’s world and continue to advance in your career.
So, instead of crunching a few numbers alone, who are you going to call to join you for lunch?
Wally Adamchik is President of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting. Visit the website at www.beaFireStarter.com. He can be reached at 919-673-9499 or wally@beaFireStarter.com.
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