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Turning Overload into Coherence

For the last month I have been involved in an ongoing process of transformation with an organization in the education sector. While my role was not clearly defined at the beginning, each day that passes it is becoming clearer that my work is based on making things coherent.

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Coherence is defined as systematic or logical connection or consistency and an integration of diverse elements, relationships, or values by Merriam-Webster dictionary.

I was reading a piece from a US education organization where they were talking about the challenge of leaders in the education sector and they used the phrase: “turn overload into coherence.” I thought it particularly apt for a post on this blog where I often talk about leadership and about managing complexity (the theme from last year’s Drucker Forum).

The challenge of turning overload into coherence is not reserved only for the education sector. It appears everywhere where we have high-level strategic decisions being compressed into a hectic schedule of priorities and deliverables. The key is finding coherence; connections that allow us to utilize resources efficiently while contributing to the mission of the organization.

In previous posts, I have talked about branding, authenticity and how to consistently do what you say you are going to do and what people expect of you. Coherence is fundamental in branding; ensuring that your message, values, “reason for being” is consistent and integrated across all your communications and your actions.
In closing, coherence is the way to take abstract ideas and ensure they are implemented in the various areas of your organization. Actions yield results but they should be the “right” results and implemented by motivated individuals who understand why they are doing what they are doing.

EMC

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“Know Thyself”

I am researching “know thyself” for an upcoming project and wanted to share with you why I think this phrase is important in business and in life in general. Why? Because when you know yourself: you know your strengths and weaknesses, you know your likes and dislikes, you know your goals and your dreams; with this knowledge you are able to overcome the day to day, see more strategically, seize opportunities, negotiate better, mitigate risks and make decisions that mean something to the people around you – be it your customers, your family, your friends, your competitors or your nemeses!

Doing meaningful work is associated with knowing yourself. Creation of value comes when knowledge and talent intersects with opportunity to solve a problem that may otherwise not have been solved.

know thyself (knowledge + talent) + opportunity = value

It means that all of us have the opportunity to create something of value; the most difficult part could be knowing thyself.

 

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.

~Sun Tzu

 

 

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