".../... Innovation is one of those words that we all use, agree is a positive thing and for the most part want more of. However, the term“innovation” like “leadership” seems to defy a commonly accepted definition. There is no shared interpretation of what we mean or what we are observing when we use the terms. Moreover, we lack practices for deliberately and consistently producing “leadership” and “innovation”.
This is evident in the fact that in spite of thousands of books on these subjects, reading and understanding the books doesn’t enable us to be leaders or innovators.
.../... I consider leaders and innovators as those who are concerned with and competent at bringing ‘new realities’ into existence. I consider innovating to be a primary element in the process of leading and I see innovations as examples of leadership results or outcomes. .../..."
The following is a table that summarizes the six ways of relating to change associated with different leadership models, intentions and views of circumstances.
Jim Selman is the CEO of ParaComm Partners International, a network of coaches committed to creating organiztional transformation and culture change. His leading edge 1989 article with Roger Evered, "Coaching and the Art of Management" is considered by many as a breakthrough and has opened new pathwaysfor thinking about management and leadership. Since 1999 he has been working with the government of Canada to generate a new paradigm for leadership and change
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