So what is Stoos? Twenty-one thought leaders from diverse backgrounds got together in, you guessed it, Stoos in Switzerland to discuss their dissatisfaction with current management practices. Their communique after two days read:
Reflecting on leadership in organizations today, we find ourselves in a bit of a mess. We see reliance on linear, mechanistic thinking, companies focusing more on stock price than delighting customers, and knowledge workers whose voices are ignored by the bosses who direct them.
There has to be a better way. And we believe that we uncovered some of the common characteristics of that better way. For example, that organizations can become learning networks of individuals creating value and that the role of leaders should include the stewardship of the living rather than the management of the machine.
– Stoos communique
This is an exciting area to be in. Lots of things are converging in this space. Agile Management, Lean Principles, Beyond Budgeting, Tribal Leadership, Experience Economy, Radical Management, Fellowship, Storytelling and Daniel Pink’s Drive to name just a few.
We have all seen (part of) a better way. The next challenge is in getting organisations to embrace some or all of those ideas.