Scarcity vs Abundance Management

Posted on July 26, 2009

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I scanned this graphic from this month’s Wired Magazine. The chart emphasizes an emerging trend for a new style of leadership. This current economy is causing young and old leaders to recalibrate their thinking about leadership. The graphic is a great comparison of two different ways to ‘manage’ during this difficult economic times. I think as creative leaders, we have to resist the scarcity approach to problem solving. Even with limited resources, we still have to lead with abundance. Create an environment that fosters free thinking and new ideas. Resist sticking to long term plans and embrace ‘figuring out as you go’ mentality. Encourage group leadership. Most importantly learn to embrace, harness AND unleash chaos.

These are difficult times but being safe is the riskiest thing you can do.

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