Over the past 2 years I have been reading, thinking and working a lot with culture, leadership, organisational design and storytelling. It was not until a week or so ago that I realised just how similar some of the ideas are.
Especially the employee engagement model Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose from Drive by Daniel Pink, the Tribal Leadership culture levels 3-5 from David Logan and friends and the Control, Competence and Clarity Leader-Leader model as developed by David Marquet in Turn the Ship Around!.
Now this is not to say that they basically rehashed the same ideas, quite the contrary. Everyone looked through their own lenses: Daniel Pink researched employee engagement, David Marquet did not want 129 blind followers, but 129 people who are involved and thinking leaders. Dave Logan and crew looked into the impact of culture on the performance of organisations.
They all came to pretty much the same conclusion: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose on all levels in an organisation is great for the people in the organisation, the customers it serves and the bottom line of the company.