All entries for November 2005
November 30, 2005
29.11.2005One of the most exhaustive days ever spent. Started with seminars in the morning How should a company choose its leaders? How should leaders be developed?, a good disucsion wherein some of the questions were thought provoking. Will you change your job to a high paying non-nurturing organisation… I would have done that a few years ago, but not now. A small issue or heated discussion which erupted was whether the learning curve of an individual regress as he grows.. mostly not—- I think imran was talking about the grasping power and not the learning. The went on to laugh as i said, encourage others to lead.. I dont know whether i have commnunicated myself properly. I meant we need to grow leaders across the group and by that the leader should become dispensable….. May be even now I am not communicating properly. Will have to improve upon my communications… I will. After those seminars are over, Maggie went on to the stage for presentation on Hoshin Kanri….. Cant resist from appreciate herself for the amount to efforts being put by her and pressure which she was handling. A leader undermaking…. had made a start with presenting or communicating with the group. There were lot of areas for improvement., which i am sure that she will overcome. The other teams did present on their teamwork…. Vlad's presentation as noted by Knowles earlier was very much focussed on strategy. Team 3 had slightly slipped on the basic understanding of hoshin kanri. Team 4 balanced between strategy and deployment, with few hiccups / errors here and there.
28.11.2005The day started with discussion on the various topics for seminars for the module week. up on finalisation, the first seminar to be taken up was about the structure of the course. A brief introduction by paul on what leadership & excellence course is about and why various sections were included. As soon as looking at the mindmap of the course, it reminded me about EFQM - linkage matrix. Some of the good points which came out during the discussions were leaders need to seek feedback continuously, has to be very much aware of his followers. Thereafter we had discussion on entrepreneurship Vs leadership…. why are we comparing those two. May be just because entrepreneurs need to be good leaders to be successful in their profession. The evening started with the preparation for performance appraisal, teamwork. Very long study hours were spent.
November 28, 2005
26 & 27.11.2005Happy weekend. Found time to go through the thought CKPrahalad and Hames's views on strategic intent. Wondered quite often in the working environment leader talks about inachievable goals and goals being moved quite often, the reasons were quite clear with what was told in the paper. Followed by that browsed through hoshin kanri and Balanced scorecard, the process being followed in our company is a mixup of both. they arent mutually exclusive, I believe. Few inputs from guys who have come alongwith me from India on the various books written by CKP regarding corporate governance… will help me in my future works.
November 26, 2005
25.11.2005Days target was to complete the PPE assignment and accomplished successfully. Had enought time to download the web pages on the leadership and excellence module. Just started to go through wat is strategy, scorecard…. bla bla bla….. The site referred by Gez was pretty good and the introduction on hoshin kanri was worth to start with. Need to go miles ahead…. hope to catch up that….
November 25, 2005
Charged with the readings about hoshin kanri, our group met again at 11am in the morning to plan for the yearly targets. The vision was broken down into elements which will fit in the five years and further into individual criterion. Discussions held about whether we need to plan for the yearly targets based on the enabler criterion or based on the departments. What will happen if the current organisation structure is abolished and structure was aligned to the enablers criterion of EFQM. Will it be possible and feasible, worth a thought. Problems may rise on the clarity of responsibilities.After a long discussion decided to start the deployment process based on departments, our leader has provided me the richest Finance department role. Happy to take that. Module on FACS helped me in arriving at some targets.The PPE assignment is almost over to be submitted by tomorrow morning. Need to do research on what hoshin kanri, balance scorecard and BPR.
Seminar on leadership definition. Selina's presentation was the highlight ( structured,logical and the flow was also comfortable for her). The team four's definition for leadership included some of attributes like power,mobilizing etc. One thing which i was not able to accept was, leadership being framed as a process. Does it imply that if the process was followed successfully anyone can become great leaders. Yet another point which i felt was missing, none of the definitions talked about the core value of leaders…like truthfulness, honesty, dedication. May be those will be used only to explain leaders and not the process of leadership. Can positional power be used to influence people, if so then is there any particular situation at which it can be used.
How about the leaderships in militarty and airforce where in leadership is mainly dependent on the hierarchy. Usage of positional power depends on the instance and the environment in which the work is going on. When I termed a stable process does not require a leader, the immediate reply from people across….. is there any stable process….... I missed the point of continuous improvement which need to be the pulse of every process. Never mind. As the team disbursed, our group decided to have a meeting immediately to plan for the next mission….... creating a vision for the Waveriders, 5 years down the line. The discussions was very interesting and the idea of aligning the vision inline with EFQM resutls, was well received. Felt happy about that, which enabled us to come out with a vision quite faster. Back home, started reading through the pages on hoshin kanri – policy deployment and at times concentrating on the PPE assignment. Assignment has come to a good shape, which should be ready for submission by friday hopefully.