Change Whisperer – Gail Severini, Symphini Change Management Inc.

What is THE critical leadership capability for 2011?

My vote goes to “Integrative Thinking” attributed to Roger Martin:

“The ability to face constructively the tension of opposing ideas and,

instead of choosing one at the expense of the other,

generate a creative resolution of the tension in the form of a new idea

that contains elements of the opposing ideas but is superior to each.” (1) 

How will this play into our ability to innovate and evolve our organizations? How do we balance execution of individual initiatives and Business As Usual (BAU) and developing a more Nimble Organization? More from Daryl Conner in his post this week “Constrained or Nimble” here ( and in his book “Leading at the Edge of Chaos (2)”.

What would an example look like in real life? “Strategy for Success in Afghanistan : One Tribe at a Time” (special thanks to Luc Galoppin) here  More from Luc on his blog here (

(1) “The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders win through Integrative Thinking”, Roger Martin, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 2007.

(2) “Leading at the Edge of Chaos: How to Create the Nimble Organization”, Daryl R. Conner, John Wiley and Sons Inc, Canada, 1998.

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