Leaving Well

Leaving Well: Fourth Question Leaders Leave Well
Leaving well. If you read my last post, Major Change, you would know the major change referred to in the title of

the post did not involve the leading of change as much as it was being the object of the change. Ultimately it was a journey of leaving well. Most often […]

Major Change

Major Change: Navigating Tumultuous Times
I have been traversing a period of major change, personally and professionally, which is why it has been quite some time since I last posted to The Fourth Question. Significant change in my life occupied all my attention over the last months. In short, I have changed jobs

and changed cities in the process. […]

Personal Responsibility is the Best Type of Accountability

Personal Responsibility
Personal responsibility is the greatest form of accountability in any team or organisation. Organisations whose leaders deliberately cultivate an organisational culture of personal

Arguably the most important accountability measure to build into any organisation is personal responsibility.
The term “personal responsibility” should, I think, be pretty self-explanatory. Unfortunately it seems to have been lacking in many […]

Shared Accountability Gives Immutable Principles Agency

Immutable Principles Work Best When Partnered With Shared Accountability
Immutable principles without shared accountability might be nothing more than aspirational statements.

Shared accountability creates structure and gives direction to organisational momentum. Fourth Question leaders are committed to helping others be the very best they can be and achieve their personal goals, dreams and vision while, at the […]

What Happens When Immutable Principles Conflict

Immutable principles conflict: what happens?
Sometimes immutable principles conflict with each other and this creates conflict and tension. It’s a bit like the eternal question of the chicken and the egg. Everyone has an opinion.

As team members apply organisational immutable principles in day to day operations conflicts are inevitable. In fact, I believe it is in […]

Immutable Principles: round pegs in round holes

Round Pegs in Round Holes – an Immutable Principle
Examples always help us gain another level of understanding. One of the immutable principles of the organisation I am currently leading is: round pegs in round holes. It is a principle about proper people placement. It is an expression of how the importance of the people in […]

Immutable Principles Frame Organisational Behaviour

Immutable Principles – The Organisational W.O.W.

Immutable principles frame organisational behaviour. I believe the immutable principles of any organisation belong in the same leadership realm as values and beliefs, and vision and mission. Values and beliefs provide a bedrock of foundations and guide the nature, or shape, of an organisation. Vision and mission provide clarity about where […]

Immutable Principles: A Great Starting Point

Immutable Principles – What would you die in the trenches for?

Immutable principles are a small set of non-negotiable values. These non-negotiable values create a picture of operational behaviours which can significantly contribute to the development of the kind of culture you want in your organisation. If you have been reading the posts in this blog […]

By |November 10th, 2015|Leadership, Leadership Development|2 Comments

Dealing with Misaligned Values

Misaligned values can lead to serious cracks in leadership
– in the same way poor subsoil underneath a road can lead to cracks in the surface. We all have values which are more aspirational than operational in our lives. These misaligned values are problematic for leaders who seek to project their personal values as examples for those who […]

By |October 6th, 2015|Leadership, Leadership Development|2 Comments

Going Beyond Aspirational Values. If you can’t see it, you can’t shoot it!

Going Beyond Aspirational Values

If we are really honest with ourselves, most of us will admit our values are often more statements of the principles we want to guide our lives than they are a framework for our leadership behaviours and decisions. At times, they are aspirational values as opposed to operational values. What? You disagree? […]

By |September 29th, 2015|Leadership, Leadership Development|2 Comments