Leadership Agility: The Johnny Football Way!
By Tom O'Shea, CMC, Principal, Agility Consulting
Whether you follow American college football or not, there is a chance you might have heard about the latest sports phenom named Johnny Manziel - the freshman quarterback at Texas A&M University who won the coveted Heismann Trophy and put on a dazzling display in the 2013 Cotton Bowl against powerhouse Oklahoma University!
He has been affectionately dubbed "Johnny Football" because he embodies special qualities of speed, uncanny capacity to sense and respond better and faster than others around him along with a special creative inventiveness to develop game winning solutions even under very adverse circumstances ... like when they beat Alabama - then #1 team in the nation. In addition to his extraordinary individual skills and abilities, Johnny Manziel also embodies the leadership character and drive to generate confidence bringing the best out in all of his teammates and even his coaches!
Watching Johnny Manziel perform recently brought to mind the kind of creative leadership agility we strive to grow and develop with our client organizations. It is very clear that the context for leadership is getting more and more challenging as the VUCA nature (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) of our world increases with greater pace.
There are some valuable insights captured in the 2010 IBM Global CEO Study involving interviews with 1500 global CEO's and subtitled Capitalizing on Complexity - IBM Study which highlight the burgeoning complexity transfixing many organizations and paralyzing many leaders.