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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 […]

Fourth Question Leaders Understand – The Heart Matters.

The Heart Matters
In the end, whether a leader couches self-examination in terms of motivation, commitment or heart – is far less important than developing the habit of interrogating the basis of decisions and behaviours continuously. For me it is a heart issue.

In my last post, “The Problem with the Concept of Motivation”, my theme was […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|Leadership, Organisational Culture|0 Comments

The Problem With the Concept of Motivation: Motivation Versus Heart

Heart Leadership: Fourth Question Leaders Lead From the Heart.
The word ‘motivation’ in the discourse of leadership does not really express what is intended by the Fourth Question. The core principle of Fourth Question Leadership is – it is only when the motivations behind your leadership decisions are selfless, completely other focused, that care is enacted […]

By |September 15th, 2015|Leadership, Organisational Culture|4 Comments

Helping People Discover their Calling – The task of Fourth Question Leaders

Fourth Question Leaders Help People Discover Calling.
I have been travelling with a friend who is a leader of the Foundation for Cross Cultural Education. He spends his life helping people discover calling. It is a Christian organisation which seeks to provide training and education in remote, poor communities in Africa. Their motivation is to […]

By |September 10th, 2015|Leadership, Organisational Culture|0 Comments