November 2020

Managing Up and Down

I have been engaged recently with an organisation that is very traditionally aligned with the cultural values it was established in. As this organisation has a global presence and is doing business in Australia some challenges have emerged in terms of values and behaviours. Finding the balance between the corporate culture which is influenced by the national culture it originated from and the local culture here has not been easy. A major issue for the organisation is updating its leadership and management practices to meet the challenges and demands of a constantly changing world.

This situation highlights the importance of developing talented people who have the agility to operate and manage at different levels within the organisation. They need to be able to manage up and find ways to work with an older management style and at the same time become leaders of change by managing the staff below them in a newer, more modern style that will enable the organisation to survive and thrive in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world.


Book Recommendation:


The Inner Self:The Joy of Discovering Who we Really Are, Hugh Mackay

The Inner Self is a book about the ways we hide from the truth about ourselves and the psychological freedom we enjoy when we finally face that most searching question of all: 'Who am I, really?'. In the book, Hugh Mackay explores our 'top 20' hiding places - from addiction to materialism, nostalgia to victimhood. He explains how it is our fear of love's demands that drive us into hiding. He argues that love is our highest ideal, the richest source of life's meaning and purpose, and the key to our emotional security, personal serenity and confidence. Yet Mackay exposes the great paradox of human nature, that while love brings out our best, we don't always want our best brought forward.
Powerfully written and drawing on a lifetime of research, The Inner Self is a work of extraordinary insight by one of Australia's most respected psychologists.