Sam over at Decker Marketing offers this interesting post called, 3 Principles of Tributary Leadership. In it, he compares traits of tributaries found in nature to leadership. Here’s just one point:
First, people should do the jobs they were made for. Each person has unique gifts and core competencies. Their ‘branch’ will be largest if they go with this gravity. Second, business initiatives are most successful when the execute towards the sun…be it the customer or their core competency, or both.
Interesting….. Reminds me of a book I like a lot by Margaret Wheatley called Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World. This book explores what we can learn about management and leadership from quantum physics and in particular, complexity theories. If you read it when it first came out in the early 90s and were a bit puzzled, get the new edition – it is much clearer 🙂
I agree with Sam and Margaret that the patterns in nature can be seen in many aspects of our lives and by better observing and understanding nature, we can learn new techniques and discover many core principles of business.
There are reasons that we have mountain top epiphanies.
What might this picture tell you about project management, for example…
I have toyed with writing in this area many times but I am intimidated by the science. I would want to get that right if I were to write about it. Perhaps the thing to do is partner with a scientist…..Any physicists reading my blog?