FEB 2013.

CONTENTS

HOT SPOTS UPDATES

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

You can still book places on our public workshops:

Driving Collaboration, March 5
Futureproofing the Organisation, March 7
Futureproofing the Team leader, March 12

If you're interested in reading more and registering, click here for details.

ARTICLES

IS THE TRADITIONAL A.G.M
AND MEETINGS MODEL OUTDATED?

It is coming into annual results season and we have been thinking a lot about how organisations run AGMs and annual meetings. The existing model – which is in line with the old parent-child corporate relationship we discuss below – is a lost opportunity. These meetings are steeped in the past, directed from the top, without the ability for real feedback, and are not based on peer-to-peer exchange. In reality, this is the reverse of what is required – and what is practiced day to day. Employees today share information freely, and management has lost the power to control this information. As a result, the agenda is driven as much by employees and their needs as it is by the management direction. Today’s annual meetings should capitalise on this, and promote a free-flowing exchange of ideas, supported and led by management. What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts… as well as AGM models that work for you.


REFLECTIONS ON A TRIP TO THE ORIENT

On her return from Japan, Lynda took the chance to evaluate what she sees as a time of “profound choices” for Japanese workers, as the relationship between corporation and worker changes. Traditionally, the relationship has been parent to child – this applies for previous decades and for corporations around the world – with the corporation as the parent, providing for the worker child. In return, the ‘child’ is passive, disciplined and rarely questions authority. But the last few years has seen this relationship change, thanks to cost-cutting at a corporate level, and a greater sense of empowerment from the employees, particularly those from Generation Y. Now, we’re entering the era of the adult-to-adult relationship, with less predictability and hierarchy, but the promise of more freedom, more choices, and more creativity. The challenge becomes one of making a transition from being a ‘passive child’ to a ‘volitional adult’. You can read more in Lynda’s blog post.

TODAY’S WORKERS:
ARE THEY GROWING INTO VOLITIONAL ADULTS?

Lynda was in Japan recently, where The Shift continues to register record sales (100,000 printed and counting) – it’s the number one business book in the whole country. While she was in Japan, as well as a host of interviews, Lynda also lectured at Tokyo University and gave a personal briefing to its top 10 professors. The professors are working with the government on an innovation centre – something similar to the Human Capital Institute in MOM in Singapore – so Lynda has been thinking a lot about Japanese working culture (more of that here). She will be returning in September so we look forward to hearing how things develop.


COMING NEXT: BUSINESS IN SOCIETY

Hot off the press: we have just finished a FoW Masterclass on Business in Society, so we’ll be sharing the video and some of the ideas generated in the next edition of the newsletter. Participants discussed shared value in organisations, connecting company success with social progress, global challenges of poverty and youth unemployment, and building shared purpose within an organisation.

HAVE YOU BEEN INSPIRED?

We had a fascinating email from a learning organisation in Japan, which is planning to create a year-long project with university students to examine future scenarios. Have you been inspired to start a similar project? Do let us know how we can help! Just email Tina Schneidermann for details.

WHO’S IN OUR NETWORK?

The influential Japanese blogger Chikirin has been championing The Shift, holding online social book reading events. But Chikirin herself is a bestselling author, publishing HR books under her real name, Yasuyo Iga. She was a hiring manager for 12 years at McKinsey Japan and now works as an independent career consultant. She is photographed above with Lynda and Yoko Ishikura, professor at the Graduate School of Media Design, KEIO University in Tokyo.

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