Great case: Transforming Korea Telecom

We’re big fans of the Mix – Management Innovation Exchange. It’s a fantastic platform for sharing and developing ideas around management innovation, HR, strategy and innovation.


Recently, our friends at Strategos was featured in a transformation case they worked on with Korea Telecom.
This is a great case and a wonderful example of the holistic perspective required to succesfully lead large-scale transformations.

For special interest, we invite you to read the in-depth case by Julian Birkinshaw and Ken Mark.

Great case: Transforming Korea Telecom

Social Media as a Leadership Tool

Social Media as a Leadership Tool: Lederskolen 5 min from Christian Rangen on Vimeo.

On March 2nd I was invited to give a Keynote speech on “Using Social Media as a Leadership Tool” for Lederskolen. Lederskolen is a collaboration between BI Stavanger and Stavanger Chamber. You can view the slides here.

Now, as this was a speech on social media, Why not run it as an social experiment; or rather, a social, collaborative learning experience. Hence, the Twitter Hashtag #lederskolen. What happened next was beyond my wildest expectations. Leading up the the keynote itself, the Twitter discussion picked up. I posted some preview videos, exclusive for Twitter. I posted the slides a day in advance, and #lederskolen lit up.

But truly amazing was the Twitter interaction between complete strangers (well, prior to the event) using #lederskolen to interact, discuss and give their input. Following the two hour sesssion, the interaction kept up with comments, feedbacks and the first few people starting to pick up the six recommended text books. Truly amazing. Using Twitter as a collaborative learning tool really helps shift the balance of power from the lecturer to the audience. We’ll do lots more of that as we reinvent tomorrow’s business school education today.

You can read most of the Tweets in the following slides. Or better yet, join yourself on #lederskolen.

Social Media as a Leadership Tool

What’s Your Mental Model of Innovation

One of the great thinkers who’s inspiring and driving us is Gary Hamel.
His most recent book, “What Matters Now” is out, and Steven Denning has written a nice comment on it, titled “What’s Your Mental Model Of Innovation?

What’s Your Mental Model of Innovation

Young in Statoil Innovation Seminar

I recently had the great pleasure of giving a keynote presentation to the next generation of leaders at Statoil. The topic: innovation, including management innovation, Dream Bigger and Pirate Thinking.

A great crowd of 100 – 120 young Statoil employees – all next generation leaders at the company, joined the two hour session. My initial keynote presentation gave way to some superb questions from the audience. It is fantastic to be able to spend time and listen to these everyday challenges of young executives re:thinking fast track processes and young project leaders dealing with existing dinosaurs and trying to embed their own pirate thinking and really drive the innovation efforts in Statoil.

I hope my contribution can drive some more pirate thinking. Following initial impressions, both the Twitter feed, Linkedin and Facebook accounts lit up with comments, feedback and discussions. Thanks, everyone, for the input and energy (see some Twitter comments below).

A handful of Twitter comments.

Young in Statoil Innovation Seminar

You Should All be Pirates

The Studentorganization BIS Bergen invited me to give a keynote lecture for the leaders of tomorrow. So what better, I thought, then to introduce them to management innovation and the art of thinking differently. Or, like some of them tweeted during my hour long talk, #Piratethinking. Thanks, and great crowd in Bergen.

You Should All be Pirates

Bravo, Statoil

One of our great passions is management innovation. Improving, reinventing, rethinking the role of leadership in modern organizations. Reimagine the fundemental principles of how we redesign the notion of “leaders and followers”. Redesigning organizational structures and management control issues in the age of social media. and unleashing the power of innovation in established organizations.

This is also the mission of Management Innovation Exchange, out of London. So, it’s a great pleasure to find a newsletter in my inbox detailing one angle of Statoil’s ongoing management innovation.

Bjarte Bogsnes tells the story of a radical overhaul of management processes at Norwegian oil & gas company Statoil—including abolishing the straightjacket of traditional budgeting and kicking out the fiscal calendar—to create a more dynamic, flexible, and self-regulating management model. Read the story »

Great work, great story and a great example of management innovation that easily deserves more attention. Bravo, Bjarte. Bravo, Statoil.


Management innovation at Young in Aibel

Recently I was invited to give a talk at a Young in Aibel workshop. Little did I know that I would meet a highly passionate, multicultural crew of young leaders. Our upcoming book is titled “Strategy Tools For The Next Generation”. The young crew I met at Aibel is just that Next Generation.

Young in Aibel is the brainchild of Marcus Hølland Eikeland, a project manager and business developer at Aibel. Used to making things happen, and seeing a need for a greater network amongst young employees, Marcus got the ball rolling on Young in Aibel. Hoping to see 30 members by end of October 2011, the Linkedin Group is 117 member strong and quickly growing.

Young in Aibel’s innovator-in-chief, Marcus Hølland Eikeland

It was this engaged group who was willing to stay after work on a Friday afternoon to join the workshop, “Innovation at Aibel”.

Special pre-print edition of our upcoming book
For Aibel we had the unique opportunity to provide a special, custom-made, pre-print edition of our upcoming book, “Dream Bigger: Your Personal Innovation Sketch Book”. Project manager Marcus Hølland Eikeland wrote the perfect introdution:

“Someone smart once said: ‘Life starts at the end of your comfort zone’.This is what ‘Young in Aibel’ is all about. Meeting new people, pushing ideas, and challenging the status quo.
Bring your ideas to life by drawing, writing or sketching them in this notebook. Together we shape the future. – The Young in Aibel Crew.”

This kind of young, self-organized, highly engaged group of people from Norway, Brazil, India, Venezuela and Sweden is something most firms would love to have.

Management innovation in the making
Young in Aibel – and programs like it – has all the characteristicas of Management Innovation. The program is bottom-up. It got kick-started by Marcus. It has no formal organizational structure or unit. It just comes together. The group uses open social media plattform, Linkedin, rather than corporate e-mail to communicate. It is a community of passion, not a formal project. And it is spreading like wildfire to other parts of Aibel’s organization.

But what is Management Innovation
Through our teaching and consulting, people frequently ask us “what is management innovation?
Using Birkenshaw, Hamel and Mol’s definition: “We define management innovation as the invention and implementation of a management practice, process, structure, or technique that is new to the state of the art and is intended to further organizational goals” (Management Innovation, Academy of Management Review, 2008:33) .

A more straight forward defintion is “reinventing management”. Because few firms, few scholars and few employees believe today’s managment model is helping us get the best out of people and organizations. Of all nine levels of innovation, management innovation is the least developed, but this is slowly changing.

Management innovation has been covered in Harvard Business Review in “Moon Shots for Management” (2009) and “Why, What, and How of Management Innovation” (2006).

Hamel and his crew of renegade scholars have also developed a set of “moonshots for management”.

Management innovation coming soon to a company very near you
Over the past few months I’ve had several lectures and talks covering management innovation. Using Google as a case study at BI Norwegian Business School, leads students to define “G-Leadership” – a suggestion for explaning what Google is doing, that the existing models for management (transformational leadership) does not explain.

A recent talk I gave to a group of financial controllers highlighted examples of management innovations. Using the Innovation Pyramid, the examples ranged from “using social medias as a leadership tool” to the big question “Do we really need managers?”. Again, this is very early in a new paradigm for management. But seeing the growing trend, watching the level of engagement on the MIX – Management Innovation Exchange – makes us confident in predicting Management Innovation is coming soon to a company very near you.

One such management innovation is excactly what Aibel is doing. And I believe it is truly exciting.
How do you light a creative spark under your young people, your next generation of leaders? How do you enable them to take charge, seize the moment and help push the creative thinking in the firm? This is excactly what Young in Aibel is doing. ….

The challenge for all firms: How do we reinvent management? How do we become management innovators? How do we create strategy tools for this next generation?

While we were writing this blog post Harvard Business Review published Gary Hamel’s latest article on management innovation “First, Let’s Fire All the Managers”. This December 2012 edition of Harvard Business Review has a great case study on how Morning Star Company generates $700 million in revenue with 400 employees – and no managers. We’ll cover this indepth in an upcoming blog post.

Management innovation at Young in Aibel