Authentic Leadership, this week’s #TChat topic, became popular after Bill George published his book, Authentic Leadership, in 2003. In his book George challenged a new generation to lead with authenticity.
Authentic leaders demonstrate a passion for their purpose, practice their values consistently, and lead with their hearts as well as their heads. They establish long-term, meaningful relationships and have the self-discipline to get results. They know who they are.
This week #TChat tackles “intrapreneurship” with Bob Burg as our resident expert.
According to David Armano, executive VP, Global Innovation & Integration at Edelman, an intrapreneur is someone who has an entrepreneurial streak in his or her DNA, but chooses to align his or her talents with a large organization in place of creating his or her own. Smart organizations will seek out individuals who like to invent, innovate and want to be on the front lines of change. These individuals can work independently but even more important can work seamlessly as part of an integrated team structure and also effectively embrace and embody the culture of the intrapreneur’s host organization. Intrapreneurs are most successful when management/leadership empowers and supports them and in turn the intrapreneurs represent the best interests of their organizations while earning the respect of corporate peers.
Intrapreneurs, are becoming increasingly important in a global society that continues to evolve and advance with technology faster than ever. More firms are implementing intrepreneurial projects within departments to test and launch new products, services and systems. Intrapreneurs are in charge of a project within a firm where they are given autonomy to work on a project with freedom and resources, taking ownership of the success and failure of an endeavor. Implementing the changes you propose as an intrepreneur is a sales process. This role is challenging in that you have to have enough support from senior management to buy into your ideas and concepts.
This week #TChat turns its attention to the topic of Community. One of my favorite talks on the topic is Jono Bacon’s “The Engines of Community.”
The Art of Community can be downloaded for free here – http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/09/18/the-art-of-community-available-for-free-download/
Key Point – for an economy to work, every participant needs to believe in the economy. Belief is a critical component in how any group of people or animals functions. This can be belief in God, belief in values, or belief in a new future. Whatever the core belief is, the economy and the community can be successful only if everyone has faith in it.
- A sense of belonging is what keeps people in communities. This belonging is the goal of community building. The hallmark of a strong community is when its members feel that they belong.
- Belonging is the measure of a strong social economy. This economy’s currency is not the money that you find in your wallet or down the back of your couch, but is social capital
- For an economy and community to be successful, the participants need to believe in it. If no one believes in the community that brings them together, it fails.
- Like any other economy, a social economy is a collection of processes that describe how something works and is shared between those who participate.
- These processes, and the generation of social capital, which in turn generates belonging, needs to be effectively communicated.
Digital Habitats is another favorite of mine on the topic of community.
Digital Habitats : stewarding technology for communities – South Africa, May 2010
One of this week’s #TChat topics is Employer Education Assistance. I was able to obtain my PhD through an employee scholarship program offered at the University I worked. I still have student loans outstanding for my Masters Degree; but I did not borrow any money to receive my doctorate because of the program offered by my employer.
Join the conversation Wednesday, November 14th at 7 PM EST to discuss how we can raise awareness about retirement security and employer-provided education assistance.
Read more here – 5 Great Challenges Ahead for HR and Leaders by Meghan Biro in Forbes http://onforb.es/UCbfsH
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