Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Disruption and Execution

"Leaders are inherently disruptive, dissatisfied with the status quo, questioning...Managers, by contrast, have to keep the trains running on time...There must be balance."

Mario Morino, Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity

Is it possible for one person in an organization to play both these roles at once? Maybe in start-up or when an organization is relatively small -- but at a certain point these roles pull in different directions. That's why we often see a division of labor among leaders/managers.

Do these roles only get played at the top. Good management should occur throughout the organization. Should disruption? Innovation often occurs at the periphery, not at the center.

Morino advises wisely that when an organization is ready to act, disruption time is over and everyone should "get on the bus." Does it really work that way?

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